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Old 09-01-2008, 08:36 PM
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Hi All.
I'm a new member but have raised several orphan babies. I was given another one (about 4-5 weeks old)last Tuesday. He had been laying in a driveway with two dead siblings for at least 6-7 hours. Since there was a storm, he was soaked and very cold. After warming and rehydrating him for 24 hours, he started taking formula and is still feeding well. Unfortunately, I believe he has developed pneumonia (due to the rain and/or some "help" I had feeding him.
I called the emergency vet clinic as soon as I realized that his clicking was not in response to my verbalizations. In my state, it is against the law to keep wildlife babies so they gave me the number of a local rehabber. Unfortunately, when I try to call, I'm sent to a recording. (holiday weekend, I guess.)
I hate the thought that I might lose the little guy so I read on your website about giving them antibiotics. I have Cipro (adult strength) but I need to know how much to give him and how often. (I don't want to over or under administer)
Can you please help?
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Old 09-01-2008, 08:46 PM
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Hello Helenmary, welcome on board!

Unfortunately I have no idea if Cipro would work. I have only used Amoxicillin and Penicillin. I believe that Cipro addresses other issues than pneumonia, but I am no vet and I don't know that for sure.

However, if I were you and the baby is visibly worsening and you feel like you have nothing to lose, break a tiny crumb off the pill, dissolve it in water and feed it to her.

We are discussing dosages here:
http://www.petsandwildlifeforum.com/...highlight=amox

Keep us updated!!!
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Old 09-01-2008, 08:49 PM
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Thanks Sweetie,
I did just that.
I'll update later tonight.
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Old 09-01-2008, 11:01 PM
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Been checking on him every 15-20 minutes since the Cipro about 2 1/2 hrs ago and I SWEAR I'm seeing some improvement. I don't think clicking is as bad and when I just checked him, he was up, scratching, sneezing, and acting more like my husband than I'd care to admit. Now if I could just find a tiny remote....

Thanks for everyone's help , thoughts, and prayers. I'll post again before I go to bed.
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Keep up the good work Hun!!! I'm crossing what I got!
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Old 09-02-2008, 02:43 AM
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Just fed him and he seems to be on an even course. Still clicking but highly diminished. Wanted to eat too! Cross fingers, pray prayers, think good thoughts. I'm doing everything possible here.
Thanks for your kind words! (I'll update asap.)
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Awesome! I hope it continues to improve!
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Old 09-02-2008, 09:16 PM
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Wow,
He's SO much better!!! Still wheezing a bit (very little, if any, clicking) and acts like he's ravenous. He resented the bitter taste of the Cipro when mixed w/pedialyte (who could blame him) so this morning, I mixed a few grains of Cipro with strawberry yogurt and he ate almost 1/2 teaspoon. This was his first introduction to big boy food so I feel doubly blessed!!!!
Thanks so much for your help. Please continue sending good thoughts for a few more days.
A MUCH happier Helenmary
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Old 09-02-2008, 09:59 PM
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Keep the good news coming!! Does the lil bugger have a name yet? I'd call him Cipro LOL.
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Old 09-02-2008, 10:50 PM
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Was half scared to give him a name... But I think we're ready. JohnJohn.
It's for a boy at our school who suffers from AT. Google it, it's not good.
Anyway, he's a Senior this year and has loved my squirrels since he started as a Freshman. Since he is in a wheelchair with does not have a lot of controllable movement, the squirrels make him forget for a minute. (If he'll let me, I'll take a pic. He's kind of squirrelly himself...)
Back to JohnJohn. Just fed him (+antibiotic, 2nd time today) and I know he's better!! Still a little wheezing but he felt well enough to crawl up my husband's leg, dangle his butt over the side, and proceed to pee on his lap.
Might be a male dominance thing though...
Thank God he wants to participate!
Thank you too...
Helenmary (calming down a wee bit)
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