Deer are beautiful creatures that seem to keep losing their happy homes through human progress. As man continues to tear down the forest areas to put up homes and commercial properties, these loving animals seem to be lost. It is unfortunate that many of them are a cause of traffic accidents. I fear seeing them cross my path while behind the wheel but I never thought I would live to see the day where a deer would walk across my back or front yard. There is just something special about these graceful animals but you must remember that, as beautiful as they are, the deer does not make a good pet. For special wildlife concerns in the Rockford area, you can contact the Winnebago County Animals Services at http://www.wcasrock.org/. What if you were to find a baby deer, left on its own? You may be forced to nurture that baby deer, called a fawn, if she has been orphaned. Like all nursing animals, a fawn needs milk for nutrition and you must bottle feed her in order to keep her alive and healthy.
In order to bottle feed an orphan deer, be sure everything is clean to prevent the spread of disease. Wash your hands thoroughly before and after feeding the orphaned deer. Sterilize all the equipment such as bottles, nipples and all feeding equipment.
Use veterinarian approved animal bottles with a lamb’s nipple, which is a soft rubber nipple that the baby deer prefer. A baby bottle also works well to bottle feed the orphan deer if you cross-cut the rubber nipple to make the hole more accessible.
Prepare a formula of either goat’s or ewe’s milk, which is best for the orphan deer and has a proper balance of protein, fat and lactose. Mix with equal parts of sterile, purified water.
Place your finger in the one corner of the deer’s mouth and the nipple in the other corner to encourage it to nurse. If the orphan deer balks, place a dab of honey on the nipple.
Wash the baby deer’s face after each feeding. Provide a supplement of electrolytes, fed by itself. Use the electrolytes if, but only if, diarrhea is present.
Additional tips – Do not squeeze the bottle when feeding the baby orphan deer. If the milk comes out to fast, the deer can result in wheezing, coughing and choking.
Feed the deer every 2 hours; amount depends upon the size of the deer. The deer should be fed 10% – 20% of its body weight in a day. For example, a 20 lb. deer consumes up to 64 ounces of milk formula per day.
Bottle feed the orphan deer until the authorities at the wildlife federation can be contacted.
http://www.whc.net/cdwr/download/deer.pdf http://www.milkproductsinc.com/html/frontlineNewsletter/Newsletter/T001.38%20Using%20Lamb%20Milk%20Replacer%20For%20Deer%20and%20Elk.pdf http://www.deer-library.com/artman/publish/article_27.shtml
()Help abused animals in and around Rockford. If looking to adopt a new family member or are looking to support animal abuse, check out local shelters such as – http://www.noahsarkanimals.org/, http://www.wcasrock.org/, http://www.pawshs.org/, http://www.adoptapet.com/adoption_rescue/72634.html
http://www.animalshelter.org/shelters/Humane_Society_of_Winnebago_County_rId1450_rS_pC.html, and http://www.chihuahua-land.com/chi/puppy/index.asp and http://www.chihuahuarescueusa.org/for the Chihuahua lovers.
For help in bringing out the smarts in your special canine in your area, try these: Tails A Waggin Dog Training, 3412 Minnesota Drive, Rockford, IL 61108-5928, (815) 226-9317
http://www.forestcitydog.com, http://www.jpsdogtraining.com/. There are more choices in the Rockford area for the benefit of your favorite pooch.
For all your pets needs in Rockford, go to your local PETCO – 6305 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61108, (815) 229-0184 – http://www.petco.com/or your local PETSMART – 6320 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61108, (815) 397-7880 – http://stores.petsmart.com/result-details.php?store=493 – PETLAND, (815) 332-4200 – www.petland.com/
For many of your pets essentials, visit your local Rockford area CVS pharmacies. There are four convenient locations – 3134 11th Street, Rockford, IL 61109, (815)398-0048 – 110 S Alpine Rd, Rockford, IL 61108 –
3718 Main Street, Rockford, IL 61103, (815)877-9620- 2454 S. Alpine Rd.,
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