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How can I appropriately bathe my sugar glider? Please help! new mom in need of nail cutting and bathing advice.

Dec 18, 2016

 How can I appropriately bathe my sugar glider? Please help! new mom in need of nail cutting and bathing advice.

Hello all! I have just adopted an 11 month old male sugar glider and have a few questions as to cleanliness and such. His old owners, to say the least, did not take good care of him at all. His cage was completely caked in dried feces and had paper towels that had fused themselves to the cage with urine and leftover food. My poor baby smells like his urine and has dried food an fecal matter all over him. I cleaned his cage from top to bottom yesterday and noticed that he smelled exceptionally awful. I did a lot of research before I purchased him and one of the things that stood out to me was the fact that they don't have a completely overpowering smell. My guess is that his owners did not feed him a healthy diet and allowed him to wallow in his urine. I really need to bathe him in some way, but for now I have him on the BML diet and am working on keeping a clean and healthy environment for him to have. His former owners never cut his nails, so I have gashes all up an down my arms and even on my neck. What are the most effective ways you guys would recommend me to cut his nails? Back to the bathing matter... I have seen some people on youtube just dunking their babies in water, but I would never do that. That seems like that would shock them to no end. I have read other people telling me that I can bathe him with a warm washcloth and baby shampoo, and then I've read that I should bathe them at all but rub them down with a baby wipe. Please help! I want to do what's best for my little baby and make him clean and healthy!

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Dec 23 2016 : 03:30:35 PM
Dasiy-Cozy-And-Rosie
I use pampers wipes to wash my gliders but it doesn't seem to effective so i might also try the warm wash cloth. Also for the nails I put sand paper on a wheel and it works quite well but one of my gliders Dasiy got her tail stuck in the wheel so now she wont use it. so over all the other 2 gliders rosie and cozy use the wheel and i works but make sure they dont get stuck

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Dec 19 2016 : 12:09:31 PM
HaeleighandRango
I will definitely do the warm wash cloth thing so that it diminishes shock value and hypothermia. Thanks so much for your help!

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Dec 19 2016 : 09:47:27 AM
Tveit_Momma
Sugar gliders aren't meant to be bathed. They clean themselves very well. That being said... in his previous conditions, it is very likely he can't "groom" the smell out of himself. There are some videos you can find where people bathe their glider. Personally, I might recommend using Dawn Dish Soap as it is used to clean many animals rescued in the wild. If he is comfortable in your hand, you can run his backside under a slow stream of warm water from a faucet. BE SURE he does not get hypothermic. If he shivers at all, wrap him up and use body heat to warm him. Do not put him in water itself, because he could drown. A warm washcloth with a little bit of Dawn would work, then rinse him off under a stream of faucet water. Make sure he is COMPLETELY dry and warm before you put him back! As for the nails, there are many people who ask this question and have been answered with pictures and very thorough details. I don't have the pictures, so I recommend using these links. http://www.sugarglider.com/glidergossip/topic.asp?ARCHIVE=true&TOPIC_ID=21567 http://www.sugarglider.com/glidergossip/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=56253 Good luck with your new rescue!

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