It is very common that orphan squirrels are dehydrated. This is because the mother often feeds the baby, but now that the mother has escaped due to some danger, the baby cannot stay for more than 2 hours without being fed, so it dehydrates. It must be assumed that all orphans have some degree of dehydration and provide rehydration fluids. The degree of dehydration can be assessed by performing simple tests.
Steps to check dehydration
- Do a turgidity test on the skin by slowly holding up the skin, do this by grasping the skin that is at the back of the infant squirrel, the skin should be in between your 2 fingers. You should hold the skin up for some time and leave it. Normally, the clean skin is quickly returned to its normal position. The skin with a diminished tangency remains high and slowly returns to its normal position. Reduced skin turgidity is prove that your squirrel suffers from too much dehydration.
- Another visual indication that a baby is dehydrated is the condition of the skin itself. Although it is harder to say about the babies who developed the fur, in younger babies, between one or two weeks, the skin becomes loose and wrinkled.
- Also examine the squirrel carefully. Dull eyes, sunken eyes and dry or sticky mucous membranes are a sign of severe dehydration.
How to rehydrate the squirrel-infant
- Rehydrate the baby before feeding
Most baby squirrels, when found, are dehydrated and need to be rehydrated before they can feed their formula. You must first heat them before trying to rehydrate them. You can use Pedialyte to do this. You can now buy the small bottles. Get the simple type. Be sure to heat it slightly and cool after opening the bottle. Just good for 48 hours after opening, if you cannot get Pedialyte, you can do it yourself.
Domestic rehydration fluid
- Teaspoon salt around 1/4
- Apple juice and 1 1/2 tablespoons of sugar
- Put two cups of hot water
Keep it in a cooling place and throw it away if twenty four hours pass.
How to determine the amount of fluid required for Baby Squirrel
- Do a skin turgidity test pinch the skin along the spine behind the shoulder blades and see how the skin relaxes. If it returns quickly to shallow, the baby is only slightly dehydrated. Rehydrate for 6 hours, then enter the diluted formula with pure water.
- If the skin return slowly but evenly flat, the baby is moderately dehydrated - rehydrate for 8 hours, then run the diluted formula with tap water.
- If the skin stays for a while up, the infant is very dehydrated, a situation that threatens his life. Rehydrated for 12 hours or more, depending on the positive responses of the baby. Give it oral fluids at home, and then introduce the formula diluted with pure water. Repeat the initial test several times to obtain an average of the measured values, then rehydrate it accordingly.
- Manage all oral fluids that the baby takes every 30 minutes if the infant takes only a small amount and every 1-1 / 2 to 2 hours when they take a large amount. Do not be afraid of excessive oral hydration. It is much safer to give a large volume of oral fluids that will reduce the amount or duration of rehydration time.
- One can moisturize by subclinical injection, so I recommend caution. As for the amounts, they depend on the age of the infant, because the older baby may require more volume than the youngest.
Types of food that the squirrel should not feed: -
- Formula of the human baby
- Goat's milk and
- Cow's milk
- Beverages with artificial sweeteners
- Alcoholic beverages
- Juices, sugary drinks,
These foods are not suitable and could make the baby sick.
Infant Squirrel Feeding Clock
- 0 to 2 weeks - 1/2 cc to 1 cc each feed. Feed every 2 hours at any time
- 2 to 3 weeks-2 to 3 cc of each feed. Feed every 3 hours
- 3 to 4 weeks-3 to 4 cc of each food every 3 hours
- Formula 4 to 7 weeks every 4 hours
- 6 weeks should start solid foods to eat plus 6 to 12 cc formula, 2 to 3 times a day.
Things to remember:
- Let the baby drink fluids at a slow, steady pace. If the liquid bubbles come from the baby's nose or seem to yawn, you probably feeding it too fast. If an infant is sucking up fluids into the lungs can lead to meningeal aspiration
- Keep the squirrel in a semi-straight position and never feed a baby while it rests on its back.
- Always encourage the baby to relieve themselves after each diet. Newly found babies often have to be helped so as to urinate. Do not be surprised if the baby does not urinate immeditely because he/she may be dehydrated.
- Never feed a cold baby and keep it warm during feeding.
How to estimate the age of a squirrel from infant to full size
- From 1 to 5 days - tiny, the size of a woman's thumb and totally pink; No hair at all
- 5 to 10 days - Development of soft, red and brown hair around the nose and mouth.
- 10 days to 2 weeks - a gray-violet shadow begins to spread to the head, shoulders and back; the abdomen and legs are always bright pink.
- 2 to 3 weeks - the gray-violet color intensifies until the emergent hair is long enough to be identified as hair.
- 3 weeks - the baby's lower anterior teeth begin to develop. The hair is now smooth, smooth and shiny. No hair on legs and stomach
- 4 weeks - has light brown-gray hair everywhere but legs and belly and under the tail. A stubborn white hair begins in the belly and legs.
- 5 weeks - thicker hair, incl. Legs and belly. The tail hair is short, straight and parallel to the bone. Open eyes
- 5 to 6 weeks - the upper front teeth begin to develop. Start your tail on your back.
- 6 to 7 weeks - quite asleep, sleep less with more active periods.
- 7 to 8 weeks - the tail is fluffy. It should be placed in a cage with plenty of space to play.
- 8 to 9 weeks - looks like a mini squirrel. Very active and tearing their sweaters, curtains, furniture and arms with their claws. He lost the child's gaze.
- 9 to 10 weeks - develops a more muscular physique.
- 10 to 12 weeks - about 3/4 full size