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Aug 14 2015
09:28:06 AM
The weight loss is due to tooth abscesses that are still being treated. Two teeth have rotted out, both were pulled - except one root is still stuck in her mouth. She died on the table when he tried to get it during the first surgery - so we are waiting to see if she'll be ready for a 2nd one.

Anyway. So this glider was a solid 140 grams, give or take a gram or two.

I know weights in gliders can vary but for a glider that used to weigh that much...is it healthy for her to be between 100-110 grams? She was down to 96 last Tuesday 8/4/15.

The problem is she's housed with two boys and its officially survival of the fittest, but without her front teeth - she takes so long to gut fruit/veggies the boys usually come around and snag it.

So question 1 - is this amount of weight loss healthy for HER?

Question 2 - If there is no infection, can I skip the 2nd surgery do you think?

Obviously she's seeking vet care for this, and he will have an opinion - I just want your thoughts. Thank you.
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Aug 14 2015
10:44:22 AM
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Poor little girl...I'm sorry to hear about this.

I know there are frequent issues with abscessed teeth in these little guys. We've been blessed not to have any, therefore I don't have much to offer, but I'm sure other's will.

I would think that if the root/nerve is exposed and causing pain something more will have to be done. If when the recheck her and it seems to be grown over, I guess there is the possibility that she may be able to live with this.

The sudden weight loss isn't a good thing, not for any living creature...however she should be stable enough at the current weight. The problem is that she seems to be continuing to lose.

I would seriously consider pulling her from her cage mates. It sounds like she doesn't stand a chance to get a good meal in with her complications. If she had the time to eat in the way that she needs it would seem that she could put on some weight and at least be getting her nourishment. Her nectar replacement staple shouldn't pose a problem though, as it is basically a thick liquid.

Hmmm. I'm interested to see what others have to offer and wish to keep tabs on how she is doing.

Best of luck to you both!
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Aug 14 2015
11:52:43 AM
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I would ask the vet if the nerve is intact in the root if she is experiencing any pain from it. Also if there is an increased chance that this root, if left in place, will increase the chance of an infection in the future. If NO on both then I might not put her through a second surgery.

I would worry that she is having some discomfort that is making it difficult for her to eat - contributing to the weight loss.

Try cutting at least some of the fruit and vegetables into smaller almost bite size pieces so she can get a whole piece in her mouth to chew instead of struggling to get into a larger piece of vegetable before the guys snatch it from her.

Separating her from the boys for a while at night so you can see if she is able to eat and maintain or even regain her weight would tell you if the boys snatching the food from her is the problem. She could be returned to the regular cage to sleep with the guys during the day.
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Aug 15 2015
07:26:07 AM
S_McSherry Starting Member 3 Posts
Hey guys, thank you for the reply.

The vet actually said her mouth looks great and he doesn't recommend another surgery at this point in time. My instruction was to keep an eye on her mouth and to actually stop her medication since at that point she's been on it for a week and a half. So I guess this is a wait and see type situation.

She has actually had to be housed separately her boys in the passed due to a mating wound. I messed up and put her back in too early thus they reopened it, she was separated for 2 - 3 weeks and actually stopped eating. Considering this might be a permanent issue with her eating, I don't think it wise to separate.

She is not having pain when eating, because when I feed her in the morning she's trying to scarf down my fingers. The problem is her top 2 teeth are broken and her bottoms were removed so by the time she cracks open corn, a pea, the boys come around and steal it.

She was 115 grams this morning so she can and will gain. I think I do need to cut the veggies more, and ADD more to the cage. But she won't do pureed or even baby food. :/
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