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Date Posted: 20:07:26 06/21/07 Thu
Author: Beverly
Subject: While many a flyer does live well into its teens, I'd say that ...
In reply to: Dennis 's message, "Re: It is possible for any creature to suffer a stroke. However, ..." on 11:15:16 06/21/07 Thu

(While many a flyer does live well into its teens, I'd say that ...) anything beyond 10 years is remarkable. Often it's not so much a matter of poor care, as much as just the nature of prey critters, to not have tremendous longevity. I personally don't think anyone should 'beat up' on themselves if a flyer doesn't live a long life, when they can't explain the flyer's demise. I've had fairly young flyers die for no apparent reason (like Mini Mum, who was not showing any 'peculiar' signs or symptoms, but was fine in the morning, and dead the same evening, when she passed away at 7 years of age ...), and I've had flyers that I though for sure were headed for Vahalla, again for no reason I could determine, and yet recover with no evidence of lingering problems (Pipsqueak). My oldest flyer is Mike Robe, who is only just 9 years old. I'm hoping I'll have him for many more years; but I still think it's all gravy, after 7 years, for companion rodent critters.

I've never heard of anyone who thinks you do anything, much less everything, wrong, Dennis! I'd say whatever you are doing, is working for you and your flyers quite well. But I'm sure you know of folks who have had flyers pass away without any neglect or accident being the obvious cause of the demise. I know I have had such experiences. As my flyers all live together, and get the same care and diet, an yet have lost Mini Mum without obvious cause, I don't think anything I'm doing is 'wrong'; I think some flyers, like some people, just live longer than others.

>Seven years should be no problem. Ask Agnes about the
>she got from me that are 14-15 years old now. I still
>a male here over twelve years old. Some people seem to
>I do everything wrong so if I can keep them that long,
>anyone should be able to do that.
>>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
>>>>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
>>>>If you suspect illness, and you have a vet
>>>>with small companion rodent family creatures, they
>>>>might be able to assist. If the condition is from
>>>>injury (perhaps falling, or striking against
>>>>whilst 'in flight'), then just protecting your
>>>>and providing some intensive care while they recover
>>>>is probably all you can do. You might have to
>>>>'easy' food for a while, possibly hand feeding, and
>>>>you might consider providing some yogurt, but I
>>>>not necessarily give whole milk.
>>>>I highly recommend you visit, register, and post
>>>>this problem at:
>>>> >>>>href="http://www.nfsa.us/phpBB2/index.php">Nation
>>>>Flying Squirrel Association Messageboard

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

>>>>>(I posted this on another part of this site, but
>>>>>one seems more recently updated)
>>>>>I have a 7 yr old southern flying squirrel. I
>>>>>that she was extremely weak last night (fell off
>>>>>cage, just curled up in my hand) I've given her
>>>>>and water through the night, but she still cannot
>>>>>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
>>>>>a slipper. If anyone has experience with this or
>>>>>what I could do to help her please reply. thanks!!

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