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I have an orphaned raccoon that I have had for 2 weeks. His

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I have an orphaned raccoon that I have had for 2 weeks. His eyes opened a week ago. I weighed him Tuesday and he weighed 660g, We've been feeding him 37-40 ml 4 times per day. He pooped normal yesterday at noon. But only popped 3 rabbit sized pebbles last night. I'm worried that he is not pooping enough. He is peeing fine, but needs to be stimulated each time.
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about the raccoon?
Customer: Acts fine and is becoming active. I have been trying to stimulate him to poop with a warm cloth at each feeding. He was pooping 2 times per day on his own. Usually when we fed him. I rubbed his tummy whiled he was soaking in warm water, also. I'm just worried that he may be getting constipated. He is passing gas, I can smell that.
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Pet
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 4 months ago.

Hello, JACustomer. I have been a Veterinary Nurse for over 15 years and would be happy to help you today. I'm reviewing your question right now.

Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 4 months ago.

1) Where did he originally come from? Is he a wild animal or domestically produced?
2) What are you feeding him currently?
3) Is he eating to satiation or are you providing a only a certain amount of food per meal?

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
I live in Kansas. He is wild. He was found on a farm. The mother had been killed. I am feeding him KMR. He is eating to where he is satisfied. I try to break it up. I'll make a bottle of 40 ml of formula. Feed him about half, let him play a few minutes. Then feed him more until he calms down and seems satisfied. We were doing this about 6:00 am, 11:00 a.m., 4:00 p.m. and 10:00 pm. If I try to feed him less than 37-40 ml, he crys and crys, so I think it is the right amount.
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 4 months ago.

The ideal approach here is to find a wildlife rehab for him to go to. With him being wild there is always risk of intestinal parasites playing a role in his GI health and might explain the gas he's producing and constipation. Medically, I would urge you to have him examined and treated to address the suspect constipation but this raises another concern: It is illegal to sell or keep a raccoon as a pet in Kansas, even if you are a Good Samaritan trying to save its life. There may be a hefty fine associated with keeping him with a rehab license. There's a comprehensive list of KS wildlife rehabs here: http://ksoutdoors.com/Services/Rehabilitation

In the short term, you can add a few drops of oil (fish oil, coconut, olive, etc) to the formula to help soften the stool and allow him to go more easily. You should see benefits within 3-12 hours.

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Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 4 months ago.

Checking in. How is the raccoon doing?

Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 4 months ago.
Hi,

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

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