Prevention of injuries and
Never leave the toilet seat up! Gliders drown quickly.
Make sure you have covers on all large drain holes.
Water should ALWAYS be available for your glider to drink.
Use either a shallow water dish or a water bottle designed for
small mammals. A good way to check if your glider is
dehydrated is to pinch the skin right behind your glider's
head. If it snaps back into place quickly then he/she is
fine. If it slowly sinks back into shape then you need to
give him/her liquids quickly!
Food should also always be available in pellet, unsalted
crackers, shredded wheat, or fresh fruit (apple, grape, or
Never feed chocolate, or allow them to eat houseplants or
give them access to chemicals or toxins.
Calcium deficiency can cause paralysis and even kill. Make
sure that your glider has vitamin/calcium supplements.
The resting heart rate may exceed 300 beats per minute.
Normal glider temperatures range from 85 to 95 degrees.
A normal weight range is from 90 to 150 grams, with males
Healthy eyes are black with no flecks of white or clouding.
They should be bright, alert, and responsive, and not sunken
A healthy nose is pink and moist with no discharge or crust.
Any noise while breathing is a sign to take your glider to
Gums and membranes should be pink.
Should be free from lesions, and not appear or feel dry.
ear should always spring back to its original shape. No wax
should be present. Look for ear mites.
Feet should be pink and soft. Check for injured toes. Trim
toenails with small toenail clippers, or an emery board.
Always have a jar of styptic powder handy in case you
trim the nails too far. Avoid the pink portion of the nail.
If it is cut, apply styptic powder and pressure until the
bleeding stops. Check glider's grasping reflexes, and make
sure they use all their toes and fingers when grasping. Make
sure they grasp with both hands and both feet.
Make sure that in females, the pouch is not sticking out.
Coat should be smooth without any missing patches. (This
does not include the "bald spots" on males where the scent
Stool should be checked for parasites.
Be aware of diseases and illnesses found in sugar gliders.
Diabetes, pneumonia, urinary tract blockages, and other
maladies are a few of the things to which gliders are
susceptible. Gliders usually only show signs of ill health
when they are near death, so it is important to react
quickly when abnormalities are noted.
You should have a vet before any health problems occur. Ask
your vet if they have treated gliders before, and what
training has they had specifically geared towards treating
gliders. The Vet database may be of help to you in finding a
vet who knows what he is doing where your glider is
If you notice any of the following symptoms rush your glider
to the vet as quickly as possible!
Legs not moving correctly, feet not grasping, or stumbling.
Glider moving around blindly, banging into walls, or acting
as though he cannot see.
Vomiting, Diarrhea or constipation.
Self mutilation, loosing hair in patches, or flaky dry skin.
Like my gliders would say, a lot of things are just
common sense when it comes to the health and welfare of
these little guys. Be alert to unusually behavior.