Numerous rehabilitators express their worry about the poop problems in young squirrels. But then again before describing particular complications, it is good to emphasize on what a normal squirrel poop look like. Young squirrels that are taking milk replacement formula are likely to have tiny, round, firm and golden-brown pellets.
Young or mature squirrels consuming solids have round, firm, dark brown or black poop. A healthy squirrel poop usually has a slight odor. Below are some of the common causes of young squirrel poop problems:
Squirrels, just like other species, can develop soft poop because of strain. They have very sensitive hearing, thus sounds that may not seem loud to human beings may be main causes of stress, including talks, ringing phones, rattling cages, and other animals for instance loud baby birds. Since squirrels have a serious sense of scent, strong odors from cleaning agents, lotions or perfumed soaps or even the odors of urine in filthy cages can be stress factors. Try as much as possible to minimize these stress factors.
A good number of squirrels are passionate eaters and will eat too much. If the squirrel’s poop becomes gluey, soft, and light-yellow in color, overfeeding may be the cause of this. Weigh the squirrel every couple of days with a correct gram scale to check on the quantity of food that they should take. Make sure all caregivers give them the correct amount.
3. Making changes
When the diet for young squirrels is changed significantly over a very short period of time, squirrel poop problems may result. Add new things to the diet bit by bit and one at a time. If problems come about, do away with the new item and introduce it much slower the next time or rather, do not add it at all.
Squirrels are hosts to numerous different endoparasites. For instance, squirrels usually have coccidia, an endoparasite in their gastrointestinal tract and they do not have any problems. Nevertheless, an overgrowth of these parasites can happen if the squirrel is stressed because of being captured or maybe if it is suffering from an injury. They may alternate the usual poop one day with soft, yellow poop the next day. Squirrels with this parasite may also have slower growth rates. Also, note that this parasite does not always show up on a fecal examination.
These are a couple of the things that can cause squirrels to have poop problems. There are definitely more, including ingredients of the formula, viruses and injuries. Many others are as a result of overall husbandry and reintegration practices that may be quickly and quite easily resolved by modifying the rehabilitation practices rather than using medications.