Saber toothed squirrel – vet?

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    susieq29
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    my kids found a very friendly but somewhat deformed squirrel today. Two of it’s teeth are not straight so they are not grinding themselves down and thus have grown out of it’s mouth, towards it’s eye, and starting to curl around. Looks just like the opposite of a saber toothed tiger (theirs go from top to bottom, this little guy’s goes from bottom to top).

    At some point this tooth is going to get so large as the continuously grow that it’ll start rubbing or impale him. I know they don’t have feeling in their teeth but anyone know a local vet that might trim these two teeth if I can kindly catch him? Not sure he’ll live through the winter if the teeth keep growing and don’t get ground down!

    Thanks from a nature loving family!

    #989539

    mehud7
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    Thank you for helping this fellow! Might be best to contact the PAWS wildlife center or Sarvey. I used to have a hamster with the same issue and trimmed his teeth myself with toenail clippers. My concern for this guy would be that if he doesn’t stick around your house so that you can help him again, the condition will eventually lead to his death.

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    Jeannie
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    Can you give us an update? Thank you!

    #989797

    susieq29
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    Hi, yes. Sadly PAWS won’t take the animal and help them until they are truly injured. By that time, they might take him and then say they must euthanize him…not sure, just a guess. Don’t want to wait that long so next time we see him, if we do, I’m going to try to catch him and trim those two teeth without getting bitten. We’ll see but so sad to see.

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    Jeannie
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    Disappointing about PAWS. I recommend you contact Sarvey Wildlife Care Center. Their website: https://www.sarveywildlife.org/
    Thank you for being so kind and caring.

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