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Crystal of the Sugar Shack died today

Nov 1, 2012

 Crystal of the Sugar Shack died today



My favorite sugar glider Crystal died today. She was abandoned to me in the pouch of her mother five years ago. Her notable traits was one ear that never grew and also that she had the sweetest temperament for a sugar glider. She leaves behind a colony now of 5.

I have posted this to show how quickly a sugar glider can show symptoms of sickness and then die. Noticing any difference in behavior along with quick action is the key to saving a life. By the time you notice something strange, they will have already been hiding their sickness for some time. I started taking this video once I realized she was sick. I suspect that I failed her here.

10/30: I notice that 5 year old Crystal is up during the day and also not eating anything I offer her. She is abnormally concentrating on her pouch.
10/31: I see actual blood on her pouch. I take her to the vet. Vet agrees that I caught a pouch infection early and gives me Baytril and Metacam.
11/01: Crystal is deathly docile. I realize that the blood is coming from her mouth and she quickly goes downhill all day. Crystal dies around 6:00 pm. I question that I should have had her euthanized earlier in the day. One always selfishly holds on to the hope that it will turn around, and the animal suffers...

I am keeping a very close eye on her cage mates and am cleaning things daily. I am not doing a necropsy and am just hoping that this was not a transmittable issue.

I'm going to miss this one.



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Nov 07 2012 : 10:57:03 PM
th3jass
I'm so sorry :(

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Nov 05 2012 : 01:35:52 PM
adamronnymartinz
Very sorry for your loss. Clearly she is a very special girl.

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Nov 04 2012 : 09:50:54 AM
Omis n Kais g-ma
So very sorry for your loss Terry. I will watch mine like a hawk because of your post. Thank you for helping us learn from your experience. (((Hugs)))

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Nov 03 2012 : 12:48:18 PM
H.peninger3
This breaks my heart, she looks a lot like my harlee. I'm so deeply sorry for your loss. Glide free precious crystal

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Nov 02 2012 : 03:49:53 AM
GliderLove94
As am I. I cried when I saw the last clip. What a sweetheart she was.

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Nov 02 2012 : 12:19:35 AM
bschuettler
Very sorry for your loss.

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NUTHOUSE (3) Pican 4/30/2002, died 6/02/2010 Buddy 5/01/2006 Hazel 2/01/2007, rehomed 11/28/2011 Maya 4/25/2007 Pili 4/25/2007 MISFITS (3) Big Guy 9/23/2003, died 1/29/2014 Lil Guy 9/23/2003, died 5/13/2015 Hunter 4/19/2006, died 3/23/2014 JP 8/12/2006 Shikoni 2004 Kioko 2003 Washi 2003, died 5/27/2014 SUGARSHACK (3) Chico 1/15/2006, died 9/14/2011 Cookie 10/15/2005 Kimmie 10/15/2005 Lucky 5/25/2007 Spritz 8/24/2007, died 7/06/2011 Ginger 8/24/2007, died 12/16/2012 Rock 9/09/2007, died 3/23/2013 Crystal 9/09/2007, died 11/01/2012

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