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CARING for JOEYS
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This page is currently under construction and will be updated regularly.

If there is a particular subject with regard to joey care you would like including
please contact us.

Caring for a joey is time consuming, is not cheap, and will need your full committment.
If you cannot give that then please do not attempt to raise a joey.

If you are attempting to raise your first joey
then please contact an experienced carer, preferrably someone local,
and work under their guidance and expertise.
They know the species indigenous to your area,
will have experience raising these species, and will know all the pitfalls.
They will also have milk formula suppliers.
With their help you should be able to reap the benefits of one of life's best experiences,
and that is raising a healthy joey.

Initial Assessment and Care

    1. Check for injuries.
  • Fractures and serious injuries should be treated by a veterinarian.
    Apply splints to the fractured limb, if possible, before transporting to your veteriarian.
  • Stem the flow of any serious bleeding with direct pressure, and seek veterinary assessment.
    Puncture wounds, especially if inflicted by animals, should be treated for infection.
  • Be aware that internal injuries can be 'silent' killers.
    Excessive lethargy or panting, or unconsciousness, indicates the need for veterinary assessment.
  • Serious burns should be treated by a veterinarian.
    Minor burns can be treated with burn creams such as Aloe Vera or Silverzine.
    Observe even minor burns for infection and be aware that the joey could be suffering from smoke inhalation.

    2. Treat for Shock.
  • Even if your joey is not injured it WILL be stressed and could be suffering from shock.
    Remember, it has been through a very traumatic time to be in your care.
    Many wild animals, especially herbivores, do not often present with the typical signs of shock.
    Most herbivores are potential prey and therefore they tend to mask any weakness that could make them a target.
    A joey that is very vocal and resists any attempt to help it could be in shock. But so could the joey that lays quietly in the bottom of the pouch. Therefore is it usually safer to assume that newly arrived joeys could be suffering shock.

    Some Clinical Signs of Shock are:
    1. Rapid weak heart rate.
    2. Pale gums.
    3. Abnormal or rapid breathing pattern.
    4. Enlarged or glazed eyes.
    5. Muscle weakness - inability to stand.
    6. No resistance to the handler.

  • Inexperienced carers should contact their veterinarian if they supect the joey is suffering from shock.
    At Roo Gully we treat shock with the corticosteriod drug Dexamethazone.
    This drug must not be administered if the joey is suffering from hypothermia.
  • In cases of severe stress, where shock is likely to become a factor, we sedate the joey with Diazepam.
  • Roo Gully does not treat any unfurred joeys for shock.


    3. Weigh the Joey.
    Some might argue that this should come further down the list, but please remember
    you will need to know the weight of the joey before any drug treatment for shock or injuries.
  • Weighing is more accurate if you use digital scales.
    Place an empty pillow case in a padded suitable container onto the digital scales.
    Next 'Zero' the scales, then transfer the joey into the pillow case and place gently into the container.
    You then have the weight of just the joey.
    Be aware that a working microwave near digital scales makes them erratic. You will not get an accurate weight.

    4. Measure the Joey.
  • Obtaining certain measurements of your joey, along with its weight, will help you assess its age
    and therefore its daily milk requirements.
  • Measure the length of the joey's foot - from its hock (ankle) to the end of the large toe. Do not include the toenail.
  • Measure the length of the tail - from the cloaca (the opening to the joey's urogentials) to the tip of the tail.
  • Compare these measurements and the joey's weight to the Wombaroo Growth Charts.
    We are hoping to reproduce a copy of these on this site in the near future.
    In the meantime please contact Wombaroo.

 

 

 

Subjects to be covered in this section:

Intitial care - Hydration

Feeding - How to - Formulas, preparing, storing - Bottles - Teats + hole - colostrum replacers - syringe feeding - How often

Toiletting - How to - what with

Hygiene - bottles, teats, human

Security - environment, handling

Injuries - seek vet help

Pouches - housing - temperatures

Skin care

Weaning