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Most common disorders of Sugar Gliders

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  • Malnutrition
  • Trauma (fractures, injuries)
  • Self-inflicted wounds (particularly solitary animals)
  • Stress-related disease: coprophagia (eating fecal material), hyperphagia (overeating), polydipsia (overdrinking), behavioral signs such as pacing, self-chewing
  • Intestinal parasites
  • Pneumonia
  • Diarrhea, gastroenteritis, constipation/impaction
  • Hind leg paralysis
  • Blindness/cataracts
  • Burns (from landing on hot lamp bulbs)

Many common disease conditions in sugar gliders are the result of improper feeding. Visiting your exotic animal veterinarian for routine health checks will help prevent many diseases and support you in having a long, satisfying relationship with your sugar glider. For help in finding a veterinarian in your area who has experience with sugar gliders, contact the International Sugar Glider Association.


Credit: Used with permission of the Zoological Education Network.
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