The below listed products used in orphan opossum care are either mentioned in our presentations, educational handouts, newsletter articles, website, or mentioned in the Orphan Opossum Care Manual we sell. Websites change, are moved or run out of product frequently. If you find a website that is no longer functioning, please notify us via our website Contact Us page at: https://opossumsocietyus.org/contact-us/ and let us know so we can keep this list updated.
Advantage II Flea & Tick repellent (CAT DOSAGE by pounds)
PetSmart, PetCo, WalMart, Pet supply stores
Bioplasma cell salts (Hyland’s homeopathic) for restoring strength & energy to aged/down opossums. Dissolve one tablet in a small amount of water and mix the water into their food for at least a week. Use tweezers to remove a tablet from its container or shake one tablet into container lid, don’t touch with your fingers.
Vitamin & Health Food Stores
Bulb Syringe for aspirated formula
Cages (need 11 gauge ½” x 1” wire)
Check with your state for cage dimension requirements
Outdoor chicken coop cages
Calcium Carbonate 600 mg (no vitamin D added) Swanson’s vitamins (adjust dose to equal 700-800 mg daily).
Original Nutritional Shake (made for humans, good for wildlife) Recommend vanilla or strawberry flavored – quick, palatable way to get balanced combination of vitamins and minerals into the animal or animals with loose teeth or injured jaws.
Pharmacies, grocery stores, WalMart, Target
Ferret hammocks – good for use as opossum den box/sleeping area (will need cover material for opossum to burrow under in the hammock).
Advantage II, Frontline Spray, Revolution, Capstar – All cat doses
Veterinary office or:
Pet Meds www.1800petmeds.com 800 738-6337
Pet supply stores
#3½ & #5 French Feeding Tubes
For tube feeding and/or providing a soft tip to your syringe feeding.
Or ask your vet to place an order for you with his/her next order.
Fox Valley Formula www.foxvalleynutrition.com/
847-687-3200 or email@example.com
32/40 For opossums under 45g
25/30 For opossums 45g to weaning (also indicates squirrel + cottontails on label)
Water temperature thermometer to have correct temperature at time of mixing powder/water
Plug in formula by brand name or homemade formula to view nutritional value for your species- for those adjusting their packaged formula to better match opossum formula needs.
Formula Warming Device Don’t use microwave, use human baby milk warmer
Walmart or Kmart for under $20.00 (have to use one for humans).
Gram scales weighing opossums.
Hill’s Prescription Diet – Feline a/d
Party finger lights for kids – keeps hands free when handling opossums at night
Headlamps – illuminates handling area at night, keeping hands free
Strobe flashlight – temporarily blinds predators; wildlife and humans, when threatening you during release. MAKE SURE HAS STROBE FUNCTION
Irrigation flags (wire) – See video on our website on “Adding Water Bottle Support in Opossum Cage” www.opossumsocietyus.org/water-bottle-support-opossum-cage/
Lowes, Home Depot, ACE Hardware
Kaopectate Antidiarrheal Liquid (for humans)
Opossum dose = 0.25-0.5 ml/kg PO q 4-6 hrs prn
Pharmacies, grocery stores
Manuka Honey -internally for upset stomach, externally for wounds, burns
Manuka Honey USA www.manukahoneyusa.com/ 800 395-2196
Metamucil Fiber Supplement – Laxative. Opossum dose = 1/8 to ¼ tsp/kg q 12 hrs disguised in food.
Better choice for a laxative = CANNED PUMPKIN, NOT canned Pumpkin Pie Filling. 1/8 c. per lb of body weight, twice a day. WAIT 24 HOURS, then repeat, if necessary.
Pharmacies, most grocery stores
Mirror (searching underneath and above objects to locate loose opossums, ie. cages, furniture, cars) Choose a telescoping, lighted mirror, otherwise you’ll have to use both hands to hold both mirror and flashlight.
O-ring syringes O-ring syringes glide smoother to prevent plunger sticking followed by “forceful squirts”. Last longer than regular syringes
Fox Valley Nutrition www.foxvalleynutrition.com 708-683-9802
Pedialyte Pops already frozen, easy to store in freezer, handy for a quick meltdown to administer via syringe (needs to be fed at room temperature after meltdown)
Walmart and most supermarkets in the baby food section
Pedialyte Powder packs – keeps longer than bottles of Pedialyte liquid, ready to mix into a liquid. Allow to dissolve completely before feeding.
Most supermarkets in the baby food section
Pet-Tinic – B-Complex and Iron in a meat-flavored base. For iron deficiency anemia and flea anemia or depression. Opossum dose = 1ml per 10 lbs PO BID
Pool Rescue Ramps – read information on our website on protecting opossums from pools:
Also available at PetSmart and many other pet stores
Bene-bac Plus Pet Gel digestive enzymes
Clean ravel-free rags to securely wrap babies in while syringe feeding
866 724-7787 www.raglady.com
Toxiban suspension – for poisonings, except inorganic salt and heavy metal poisoning. Will turn feces black. Will stain fabrics black. Better to use Universal Antidote Gel (see below). Follow label instructions for dosing.
Warmers (More insulation will be needed between the heat source and babies’ sleeping pouch as the warmers max temperatures always exceed the opossum norm of 95°)
Hot hands warmers (average temp. 135°, max. 156°- lasts 7+ hours
Make sure it’s not on a timer to shut off automatically. Never use higher than “LOW” setting
Waterbator construction – on OSUS website at www.opossumsocietyus.org/critter-care-waterbator/
Contact Opossum Society of U.S. for wheel plans to build it yourself
Plants poisonous to animals
CalFire – Active fires in the state of California
National Interagency Fire Center – Current fires in USA
Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)
List of wildlife rehabilitators by state
** Note, HSUS hasn’t been updating this list. State agencies tend to move pages around on their website. OSUS checks each state link before forwarding the information to requesting parties. Check the OSUS Contact US page on our website for more information: www.opossumsocietyus.org/contact-us/
Opossum Society of the United States
Check rabies by species that tested positive for each state.
USGS National Wildlife Health Center (medical personnel alert wallet cards for wildlife rehabilitators-make a copy for all of your personal doctors to have in your medical records).
Weather National Weather National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)