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Old 10-26-2008, 04:03 AM
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Default Squirrel Rescue - Slightly hard tummy

Hello, Everyone. I have just recently rescued a tree squirrel from a friend's backyard. I've called a rehabilitator and followed her instructions on how to care for this little critter. The baby has been rehydrated properly, has no broken bones, and no apparent issues. She's approximately four weeks old (eyes aren't open yet, and has downy fur beginning on the tummy), and appears to be rather healthy. She's been taking 4 cc of formula (Esbilac) from me about every four hours until this morning (I've had her since Wednesday night). I woke her up to have her early morning feeding, and she only took 1 cc from me. I also noticed her belly on her right side was a little hard. According to the internet, if her urine is orange or red, that indicates internal bleeding however her urine is clear every feeding. She's made two bowl movements a day; they're a mustard color from the formula and are still firm.

Other than this, she still appears to be doing well; she lets me clean her after each feeding, she's not skinny anymore, she's quite active, and doesn't appear to have any pain. Does anyone have any thoughts on the slightly large tummy and why she wasn't hungry this morning? I'm beginning to get nervous since my last rescue didn't make it very long due to internal problems.
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Old 10-26-2008, 07:30 AM
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Hmm, sounds like you have a little bit of bloating going on. I add a bit of yogurt or Bene-Bac to the Esbilac when that happens. As long as she's having normal bowel movements and only refuses formula once in a while, I wouldn't worry about it. If it continues to get worse though, let us know any more details!!
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Old 10-26-2008, 11:48 AM
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Thank you. When I fed her this morning when I woke up, she took almost 5 cc from me, and made a large bowel movement. Her tummy wasn't nearly as hard feeling, but her right side looks a little darker than the rest. Is this because her skin is still thin right now?
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I think you are talking about the so-called milkband. You can see the milk after feeding, but often it only shows on one side and it's typically normal. This is what it looks like on a pinkie:

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Thank you, I think this might be what I'm seeing. It's slightly purple and is on one side. I've just fed her and she made a bowel movement and urinated very well. She ate and curled right up for her late-afternoon nap. We have a routine now: she eats, we clean up, she potties, and then I clean her while she's curled up ready for bed. She's the cutest thing!
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You're doing a great job .
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