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Intact males WILL mark their territory with their scent glands, cleaning is essential. All animals have a "smell", but by providing a clean environment, a good diet and regular health checks, you should not notice any smell at all.  Intact males do have a stronger odour to them, neutering your male will lower this significantly.

 

How often should I clean my cage?

Gliders are very good about cleaning themselves, their feet has 5 digits, the two digits closest to the thumb are fused together for grooming purposes and can reach every spot on their entire body.  There are times when you glider might be unable to clean itself when ill, this is where you will step in and use a damp cloth to only clean the areas that needs to be cleaned.  Use a tooth brush to clean their fur. You must dry them completely with a dry cloth afterwards.
 
You will hear them sneeze while grooming, it's actually them spitting into their hands using their saliva to groom themselves.   They will spit into their hands and wash their face.   Clever huh?

 

Cleaning of the cage should be done at least once a month with a solution of 1 part bleach to 4 parts water or a steam cleaner. It will be necessary to empty the bottom of the cage of refuse collected there and to replace or clean the "liner" you are using in the bottom of the cage at least every other day. (Commercially made fabric liners are available and other options include newspaper [no colour ink] or waxed paper)."

 

 

Do I have to bath my Sugar Glider?

Gliders are very good about cleaning themselves, their feet has 5 digits, the two digits closest to the thumb are fused together for grooming purposes and can reach every spot on their entire body.  There are times when you glider might be unable to clean itself when ill, this is where you will step in and use a damp cloth to only clean the areas that needs to be cleaned.  Use a tooth brush to clean their fur. You must dry them completely with a dry cloth afterwards.
 
You will hear them sneeze while grooming, it's actually them spitting into their hands using their saliva to groom themselves.   They will spit into their hands and wash their face.   Clever huh?

 


Emergency Kit for your Sugar Glider
When your glider has an emergency, being prepared is very important. Before an emergency strikes, GET TWO VETS and an EMERGENCY KIT. Go visit them, find out how much they know (or don't know!), and if they'll take emergency calls. IF THEY DON'T TAKE EMERGENCY CALLS: FIND AN EMERGENCY VET! Gliders are nocturnal, most emergencies occur at night!

WRITE EMERGENCY INFO ON A PAPER AND KEEP IT WHERE YOU CAN FIND IT, also have them in your cell phone. Keep a number for Animal Poison Control.

In an emergency, first aid is not a substitute for veterinary treatment. However, before you are able to get to a vet, having an emergency kit may save your glider's life. Please seek immediate veterinary care if your glider is sick.Please DO NOT TRY to self-diagnose or self-treat your sugar glider.You can also stay prepared for emergencies by putting together a Sugar Glider first-aid kit. All items should be sealed and marked in a container.

Pedialyte (plain is best) for dehydration.
Vitamin ECapsules
E-collar and instructions
Syringes NO needles
Bottled Water
Neosporin (antibiotic ointment for wounds)
Nail clippers, scissors
Fleece blankets
Metacam (long shelf life) get dosage from a vet
Hand Sanitizer
Corn Starch (for treating nail bleeds)
K-Y Jelly
PlainTravel Pouch
Microwave heat pad
Sterile 0.9 Saline Solution (for cleaning wounds)
Gauze Wrap
Travel Cage
Sterile cotton balls and gauze pads
Flexible notebook cover for E-collar
Q-tips
Vet tape, cling wrap or coflex
Thermometer (electronic)
5 French catheter/feeding tips
Mineral Oil


The Importance Of Wellness Exams and Finding a Veterinarian

Healthy Sugar Glider Fur should be soft, fluffy, smooth and clean without stains No broken or oily fur, unexplained wetness or bald spots Tail should be full, fluffy, and flexible No bends or breaks in the tail Alert, responsive, and active Inactive, lethargic, Shaking or even overly active

Signs and Symptoms of an ill sugar glider

 

Broken or oily fur, unexplained wetness or bald spots
Bends or breaks in the tail or any visible wounds
Sudden change in urine or fecal colour,, smell and consistency
Awake during the day time
Lack of grooming
Discharge from the nose, eyes or excessive sneezing sounds
Any swelling or lumps
Abnormal sleeping patterns or eating habits
Dragging limbs
Lack of eliminating urine or feces
Flattened ears
Inactive, lethargic, shaking or even overly active like seizures, jerking involuntary or falling over
Yellowing can occur from incorrect diet or poor living conditions
Change in the colour of the nose
Shaking head from time to time or pawing at an irritation at the face
Sudden change in weight
Wetness on the throat, tummy or cloaca

 

 

 

 



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Weighing your Sugar Glider

 




 
 

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