Sugar Glider Vet - The Veterinarian's Sugar Glider Resource
Pre-Surgery Guidelines
 
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. 
 
 
Day-of-Surgery Guidelines
  Owners should be asked to bring the following with their glider:
  • Pouch and/or large piece of fleece with glider’s scent
  • Carry cage (not just a “bonding” pouch)
  • Favorite treat (ex:  yogurt drops, mealworms, fresh fruit)
  • Ecollar (if available)
 
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 gliders. 
 
 
Post-Surgery Guidelines
 
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. 


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