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Date Posted: 10:00:07 06/21/07 Thu
Author: S.K. Dixon
Subject: Re: Rain sounds like she's getting her HOF trained just right!
In reply to: Beverly 's message, "Rain sounds like she's getting a nice rounded diet! 7 years ..." on 09:29:26 06/20/07 Wed

>(Rain sounds like she's getting a nice rounded diet!
>7 years ...) is often as much as we can hope for --
>keep in mind, in the 'natural' setting, 3 years
>is rare! So, biologically speaking, these tiny prey
>creatures that we love so much really are not
>programmed for longevity. The 'cost' of loving a
>creature that has a mortality age of so much less than
>ours often means great heartache -- but the time we do
>have with these creatures can be so wonderful, that
>the joy of knowing them is worth the coming heartache.
>
>How 'bout some photos of Rain! I have to get a
>different camera, for photographing my flyers. My
>'cheap' first 'AOL' special digital, which 'did' very
>little, actually took the best photos of my flyers,
>because there was no delay between 'clicking'
>the shutter button and actually snapping the photo.
>With my 'expensive' Sony digital, when you press the
>shutter button, the camera takes an extra fraction of
>a second to snap -- and by then, the flyer is already
>out of the len range! lol!
>
>
>>I give Rain a drop of Soy Milk once a week; only
>>because she loves it! Vit. D everynight, on her
>>fruit, (she eats it or not) and soy nuts dipped in
>>yoyurt whenever she wants. She seems to do fine
>>w/this and her usual nuts and squirrel food. Oh
>>forgot, Pumpkin seeds (her favorite!) Want her to be
>>around at least 7 years!! So hard to know what to do
>>right w/SFS. Never thought about strokes!! >Thank
>>You; am lucky, lucky, lucky! So far! No
>>>problems! Didn't know how to help!!>(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:
>>>>
>>>> >>>>href="http://www.nfsa.us/phpBB2/index.php">National
>>>>Flying Squirrel Association Messageboard

>>>>
>>>>You can use the link, or you can copy and post this
>>>>webaddress:
>>>>
>>>> >>>>href="http://www.nfsa.us/phpBB2/index.php">http://ww
>w
>>.
>>>n
>>>>fsa.us/phpBB2/index.php

>>>>
>>>>
>>>>>(I posted this on another part of this site, but
>>this
>>>>>one seems more recently updated)
>>>>>
>>>>>Help!
>>>>>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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