Baby Squirrel Care - Formula Feeding - Henry's Healthy Pets

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Squirrels are considered wildlife in most states, and within these states, they can't be adopted without a rehab license. Find out why a person should never handle an orphan squirrel with information from a veterinarian in this free video on exotic pets and pet care.

Expert: Dr. James Talbott
Bio: Dr. James R. Talbott is a staff veterinarian at Belle Forest Animal Hospital and Kennel in Nashville, Tenn.
Filmmaker: Dimitri LaBarge
Baby Squirrel Care - Henry's Healthy Pets
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In many places it's illegal to keep squirrel monkeys as pets. You may need to get a licence made to keep one. Understand, that this is a life long commitment that you're making towards the animal. If you think that one day it'll grow up and look after itself, that’s not going to happen. Your constant care and love will be needed. Many monkeys are given up as the owners can’t care for them. This can be highly traumatizing for the animal. As the animal is uprooted from its natural setting. Finds it difficult to later mingle with other monkeys at the animal care. How to Care for a pet Southern flying squirrel - Rodents - WonderHowTo
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Also, squirrel breeders sell babies as pets for those who are willing to take on the challenge. Before making this decision, it is a good idea to find out what will be needed to raise healthy, well-adapted baby squirrels as pets. They are not as docile as dogs nor as independent as cats, and extra care will be required.Be careful allowing pets to share common areas. You never know how a wild animal is going to react, even if it is born in captivity. Nor can you be sure how your usually friendly cat or dog will react to a new little intruder that is completely alien and probably unwanted by your other household pets. Keep young children away from the cage, as squirrels require careful handling by those who know how to do it safely. FORMULA: the right formula is Esbilac Powder Milk Replacer for puppies with heavy whipping cream added. Scientific studies show that Esbilac Powder more closely resembles mother squirrel milk than any homemade formula or other brands. Be sure to use Esbilac Powder - the liquid is not exactly the same formula; in addition, it is less nutritious because it has a greater dilution than the powder will have after reconstituting. Additionallly, do not use Hartz Nursemaid, Mother's Helper, human infant formula, goat's milk, evaporated milk, or other cow's milk. These products are so poor nutritionally that they can cause the death of your baby through starvation, diarrhea, or malnutrition; if your baby does survive being fed these poor formulas, he will be small, weak, and prone to metabolic bone disease. Do not believe that pet store clerks know anything about the dietary needs of infant squirrels - they are there to sell the products displayed in that store. Additionally, most vets don't know about the nutritional needs of squirrels: their training and most of their experience is with domestic animals who have different needs from wildlife. Many products advertise on the can that they can be fed to squirrels and other wildlife - that doesn't mean they should be. Esbilac Powder is expensive and sometimes hard to find, but if you are going to the trouble to love and care for this baby and raise it to freedom, why subvert your efforts with a formula that will not meet its nutritional needs? Similarly, active squirrels that leap onto your lap may inadvertently leave scratches or even cuts that need to be cleaned and disinfected. Again, be careful allowing other pets or young children around squirrels, as the small animals do not refrain from using teeth and claws as they deem fit. Some owners wear mitt-like gloves when handling their pets while others suit up in protective gear to keep from getting scratched.