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Flyer First Aid

Postby Joan » Wed Jan 12, 2005 8:25 pm

Flying Squirrel First Aid Kit:
The best way to help your FS survive an emergency is to be prepared. Find out which veterinarians in your area have experience treating small animals and choose one before your pet needs medical attention. Keep the veterinarian's number and the number of the local poison control center posted together with your other emergency numbers where they can easily be reached.

You can also phone The ASPCA National Animal Poison Control Center 24-hour Poison Hotline, which is staffed by veterinarians. They charge $50.00 per case. NAPCC 24-hour Poison Hotline numbers:
(888) 426-4435 or (900) 443-0000

Toxicity of Plants Website:
Veterinary Medicine Library: PLANTS TOXIC TO ANIMALS

You may also want to assemble a first aid kit for your pet, which will be readily available if an emergency or injury occurs.

Extensive First Aid Kit for Flyers:
Antibiotic ointment (Neosporin)
Anti-itch spray
Artificial Tears or Ocular Lubricants ... cleid=1378
Bandages (Sterile 3X3s or 4X4s for cleaning wounds)
Bitter Apple (some critters seem to like this stuff .. Fooey warning:
Cotton balls
Cotton swabs
(Instructions for making them for a Sugar Glider, which would be perfect for a Flyer, are on this Website: ... #Post69788
Ear wipes
Eye wipes
First Aid Lotion (Biocaine)
Grease-cutting detergent (Baby shampoo or Dawn)
Hydrogen Peroxide (3%)
Pet carrier
Pet rectal thermometer or ear thermometer:
Jeffers Pet:
The Ferret Store:
Pet Care Central:
Saline solution for eyes
Sanitary wipes
Syringe for wound irrigation or subq injections:
Styptic powder
Small scissors
Towels for restraint
Vitamin E oil

Get some Nutri Drops to keep on hand. I swear by it for brining them back from the hypoglycemic thing. It works so well with rescues that haven't eaten for a while. Just a drop on the gums and it goes into their system. ... Kay ... 5&pf_id=40

A few drops of Keopectate or Pepto Bismol is good for runny
stools or upset stomachs.
A small aquarium with a screen lid for isolation/confinement during
illness/injury of baby or really weak adult.

The normal rectal temperature range is 98-102 degrees.

Intensive Care Treatment
Get some Pedialyte (plain) and some Esbilac/puppy formula powder, subsituting the Pedialyte for the water usually added to the Esbilac, and give your flyer some of that ... or flavored pedialyte if he rejects the Esbilac.
Bobbi recommends giving white cranberry/peach juice, Dannon LaCreme peach yogurt, and applesauce/cranberry baby food ... these are all available in the grocery store and easily attainable. Keep them on hand for emergency use at all times. Give a sick flyer a bite/sip or two of each of these things every hour for a few days and as often as possible at night also. Make a tray and put a plactic spoon full of each of the food items and a wee cup with a spoon in it of each of the liquids and offered it beginning with the Esbilac, juice, yogurt, then applesauce/cranberry.

Important notes:
Pet flyers need to learn to be picked up and held stationary at any time. Do this by picking them up and holding them for a short time, often. Their learning to accept this may save their life and you much grief in an emergency situation.

Shock and Fluid Replacement Therapy
(It is ALWAYS best to seek medical attention, but some HOFs are in areas that don't have an animal ER, near-by veterarians or are in flyer unfriendly states. In a life or death situations, a HOF may have to administer their own replacement fluids)

Ringer's lactate solution has been shown to be an excellent initial fluid therapy for trauma resuscitation. A flyer cold to the touch should never be fed anything until it is warmed up to 85-95 degrees. Then it should not get anything orally that is not as warm as it is. To warm a flyer, fill a water bottle (or in a pinch, a jar) with hot water wrapped in a towel.
To check for dehydration pinch up the skin on his back near the shoulders. It should snap back down flat. If it stays "tented up" he is dehydrated. Somestimes it is difficult to tell with flyers because of their loose skin. Commercial rehydrates like Pedialyte, Lactated or Acetated Ringers are best.
If a flyer is too weak to take fluids orally, Ringer's Lactate is best for subcutaneous injections. It can also be given orally, but Pedialyte is best for oral rehydration. When there is no other way and it is life or death: draw the solution up in an insulin syringe and inject subcutaneously (under the skin). It is difficult to over-hydrate subcutaneously and the body will absorb fluids quickly. It can help sometimes within minutes if blood glucose is low.

A good homemade version of Ringer's Lactate is:
1 quart water,
1 teaspoon salt,
1 tablespoon sugar.

Preparing Sterile Ringer's Lactate for Injection

Metal tongs
Clean glass jar with lid
Table salt
Tap water

What to do:
1. Place metal tongs, jar and lid in a large saucepan. Allow handle of
tongs to protrude from saucepan.
2. Fill the pan with over a quart of tap water and cover the jar.
3. Boil the water for 30 minutes.
4. Allow it to cool until you can touch the tongs.
5. Pick up the jar with the tongs and place it on a table.
6. Fill the jar with one quart boiled water from the saucepan.
7. Measure 1 teaspoon of salt and 1 tablespoon sugar into the jar.
8. Using the tongs, place the lid on the jar.
9. Tighten the lid and shake the solution to mix thoroughly.
10. Store the solution in a refrigerator and use for three days.
11. Inject the room temperature solution under the flyer's skin, using an
insulin syringe.
12. Discard the unused solution after three days.

In a pinch other home remedies for emergency combating of dehyration include:
Using flat cola,
Gatoraide or
at room temperature.
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