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Running out of options; sick after tail amputation
Running out of options; sick after tail amputation
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Jun 22 2020
10:56:43 PM
My neutered male sugar glider Finn is 6-8 years old. Last month I discovered he had somehow "degloved" about an inch off the end of his tail. I had searched his cage numerous times and never discovered where or how this occurred. He was housed with his female friend at the time and there appeared to be no evidence of them fighting either. He eats the VGV diet. He used to eat OHPW but he soon became very overweight on that diet, thus the change.

He had the amputation done to remove the inch off the end of the tail. He was on antibiotics and pain meds for 7 days. I had him separated and alone in a hospital cage during this time. Which he appeared to do very well with. He acted great after the surgery. Then after the antibiotics were done, he began to act very strange. He began to have very dark, loose stools, act lethargic, and began to have a hard time maintaining his own body temp (he was usually cool when I picked him up or touched him). I took him to the vet for this, where he was given SUBQ fluids (which perked him up a lot). He was also "rocking" when he sat their, like he was having a hard time sitting up. Vet also took some blood for a blood sugar reading, which was 103, perfect the vet said. Vet also prescribed a med to help with tummy issues and to help firm up the stool. It worked! His stools were firm and he was acting normally again, so I placed him back in the cage with his friend.

Now we are at current time. I just found him this afternoon, laying in the cage. Very cool to the touch, EXTREMELY LETHARGIC. I am unsure if he ate last night or if he has been drinking water. It appears he has not been grooming himself because he is filty. He barely moves, and when he does, it takes a lot of effort on his part. It exhausts him to move. When I reach out to him, he grabs onto my hand, but his grip is very weak. His front hands are mostly balled up into fists. I am unsure about this, but he appears to be in pain from time to time when I touch him. His stools are normal at this time, but a very dark color. I have been desperately trying to get him to a vet today, and only managed to get him to one, who was not experienced with sugar gliders at all. I called 5-8 different clinics today, unable to find any exotic vet able to see him NOW. Covid-19 has complicated things and made it nearly impossible to get into the vet right away with him even though I have said that it is an emergency.

I talked with an exotic vet over the phone tonight. He said the most important thing is to keep him hydrated and warm. I have been giving him a nutritional supplement (prescribed by the vet), which he has been willing to lick from the syringe when I offer it to him. Vet instructed me to provide heat via a heat bulb, which I have been doing and has helped keep him warm the past few hours. He got up and tried to move earlier, but it was not good. He was extremely wobbly. Unable to really keep himself upright. He flopped over and sprawled out because he was unable to keep his balance and stay upright. Shortly after he flopped around, trying to move, he began to blink a lot all of a sudden, just for a few seconds, then he stopped, and sat there breathing heavily. His breaths seem unusual. I think his respirations are off. The exotic vet MAY be able to cram him into his schedule tomorrow to see him. But I am just wondering if anyone has any ideas on what this could be or what we are looking for or if I should request any specific testing or what... I am terrified that he may die tonight. He looks horrible. I tried wiping him off with a warm rag and then drying him off to help clean him up a bit, cause he was covered in his own urine and whatever else.
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Running out of options; sick after tail amputation

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Running out of options; sick after tail amputation