Sugar gliders have a high rate of metabolism so the standard
guidelines do not apply. Withholding
food and water is not necessary, and can actually cause complications as low
blood sugar can induce seizures.
Owners should be asked to bring the following with their
and/or large piece of fleece with glider’s scent
cage (not just a “bonding” pouch)
treat (ex: yogurt drops, mealworms,
Having familiar items and favorite treats will help to
minimize the glider’s stress. Many owners
carry their gliders in a zippered pouch termed a “bonding pouch”. This is not an acceptable way to house the
gliders after surgery because staff will be unable to easily observe the
Many gliders come out of anesthesia and immediately begin to
chew on anything they can reach. This
includes their bodies. Intensive post-op
observation is required. Sugar gliders
can inflict a tremendous amount of damage to themselves in a very short
time. They should be placed in an
e-collar as soon as they are awake. If
the owner did not supply an e-collar, a small bird e-collar can be modified to
fit or a collar can be fashioned from x-ray film. Sugar gliders will normally calm
down after a few minutes of struggling.
Offering a treat is a good distraction.
(Hemostats can be used to hold the treat if staff is uncomfortable
holding in their fingers.) Owners should
be advised to provide close supervision upon removal of e-collar.