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Date Posted: 21:42:52 06/18/07 Mon
Author: Beverly
Subject: It is possible for any creature to suffer a stroke. However, ...
In reply to: Megan 's message, "Flyer Paralysis" on 10:27:32 06/18/07 Mon

(It is possible for any creature to suffer a stroke. However, ...) there are many other problems that can result in the condition you describe.

If you are providing your flyer a good diet, and if you're providing a source of Vitamin D3, you're probably not dealing with a case of metabolic bone disease.

Illness (parasites, infection, etc.) and injury can cause the condition you describe. With a flyer, there's really not much beyond 'TLC' that one can do. If you suspect illness, and you have a vet experienced with small companion rodent family creatures, they might be able to assist. If the condition is from an injury (perhaps falling, or striking against something whilst 'in flight'), then just protecting your flyer, and providing some intensive care while they recover is probably all you can do. You might have to provide 'easy' food for a while, possibly hand feeding, and you might consider providing some yogurt, but I would not necessarily give whole milk.

I highly recommend you visit, register, and post about this problem at:

National Flying Squirrel Association Messageboard

You can use the link, or you can copy and post this webaddress:


>(I posted this on another part of this site, but this
>one seems more recently updated)
>I have a 7 yr old southern flying squirrel. I noticed
>that she was extremely weak last night (fell off the
>cage, just curled up in my hand) I've given her milk
>and water through the night, but she still cannot use
>her hand or foot on her left side. Has she had a
>stroke? I've been reading about metabolic bone
>disease, but I'm not sure if this it it or how to
>treat it quickly. Her right side is very strong and
>she climbs around in circles. She seemed to be best
>around 2 or 3 am. Right now she's sleeping/ resting in
>a slipper. If anyone has experience with this or knows
>what I could do to help her please reply. thanks!!

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