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Etiologies and Treatment of Genital Injuries in Juvenile Squirrels in Rehabilitation.

 

Squirrel rehabilitators often care for juvenile squirrels that arrive with genital injuries or develop these injuries during rehabilitation. Genital injuries may be minor, or severe and possibly life-threatening. Falls or similar trauma may cause injuries to the urogenital system. However, more common squirrel genital injuries are self-inflicted or a result of damage by a cagemate. This paper describes such injuries, as well as causes and possible treatments. Photographs and a glossary add clarity to the paper. The paper was first published in the Wildlife Rehabilitation Bulletin, 2009, published by NWRA. It also was included in the book Wildlife Rehabilitation Resources: Squirrels. The book is available for purchase from www.NWRAwildlife.org.

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