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Emergency Kits

Emergency Kits



Every glider owner should have an Emergency Medical Kit on hand in the event of an emergency. These kits are not intended to replace veterinarian care, the items in the kit should only be used to stabilize a glider to get it to a veterinarian and to continue treatments. Emergency kits are available for sale online, or you can simply go to a store and purchase the items yourself.

Please note that some items that should be included in your kits have expiration dates. Please check your kits on a regular basis to ensure the products are not expired.

The list below is not an all-inclusive list; it does contain most items that would be needed in the event of an injury or illness. The items in your kit should be kept together in a bag, plastic tote or similar container and should be easily accessible.
  • Hand Sanitizer - sanitize hands before/after handling gliders, NOT to be used on glider.
  • Baby wipes, fragrance/alcohol/aloe free - clean hands before/after handling gliders; can also be used to clean off glider if glider is unable to groom self due to being in an e-collar or other issue
  • Tissues - wipe pee or poo
  • Large Drinking Straws - place over injured tail, secure with vet wrap to stabilize until vet care is obtained
  • Hospital Cage - Small, temporary cage for emergency situations
  • Satellite/snap e-collar - for use with heavier gliders and non-cloacal/tail SM.
  • Shot glass e-collar - for use with normal sized gliders and/or cloacal/tail SM.
  • E-Jacket - prevent glider from accessing wound, prevent SM
  • Saline Syringes - used to flush a wound, for topical use only.
  • 1cc and 3cc sterile slip tip syringes - for use with oral medications and/or force feeding.
  • 5cc sterile slip tip syringes - for oral use or sub-cutaneous fluids.
  • 12cc sterile screw on syringes - for oral use or sub-cutaneous fluids.
  • Feeding Tip or #5 French Catheter - for use when force feeding if you cannot get the glider to open his/her mouth. Used with an oral/slip tip syringe.
  • Neosporin - for topical use on non-emergency, small wounds.
  • Cotton swabs - wound care, applying topical medications, stimulate joey to defecate & urinate
  • Cotton balls - ; checking cage for sharp areas that may cause wound
  • Sterile gauze pads - wound cover/wound care or for cleaning
  • Small waterproof adhesive tape (duct tape)- to secure e-collar, and/or secure a splint.
  • Vet Wrap (1" wide, or cut to size) - for use in bandaging/covering wounds, use with splint or protecting an injured tail; doesn’t stick to anything but itself.
  • Corn Starch or Styptic powder or stick - to stop minor bleeding caused by toe nails trimmed too short.
  • KY jelly - to keep male genitalia moist if not retracting.
  • Side edge cut clippers - nail trimming.
  • Small scissors - to clip loose threads cut bandages/vet wrap or free little feet/nails in an emergency.
  • Tweezers - pick an ingrown nail out of paw or to hold a stitch for removal
  • Chicken baby food - can be used to force feed or as emergency/evacuation needs.
  • Mixed Veggies baby food - can be used to force feed or as emergency/evacuation needs.
  • Baby apple juice - can be used for minor dehydration (pushing fluids) or emergency/evacuation needs.
  • Pedialyte - can be used for minor dehydration (pushing fluids) or emergency/evacuation needs.
  • Bottle of water - for emergency/evacuation needs.
  • Hand Warmer/ Instant heat pack - in case of emergency travel in cold weather or to help warm a sick glider (always use a towel or fleece between the glider and hot pack).
  • Microwave Heating Pad - keep gliders warm; also used to warm up a hypothermic (cold) glider
  • Instant ice pack - in case of emergency travel in hot weather (always use a towel or fleece between the glider and the cold pack).
  • Large fleece blankets - for handling gliders in an emergency or to burrito a glider in case of SM/feeding medications/force feeding.
  • Plastic bowls - for isolation/separation or evacuation needs.
  • Bird feeder dispensers - for feeding/watering a glider in an e-collar.
  • Human heating pad with thermostat - for use with heating hospital cage.
  • Bonding Pouches with windows (one for each cage)
  • Lactacted Ringers Solution - subcutaneous fluids. You can ONLY get this from a vet and must be trained on how to properly administer sub-Q fluids to a small animal. Sub-Q fluids are ONLY temporary supportive care until such time as you can get your glider to a vet (ASAP).
  • Needles to administer sub-Q fluids. You MUST speak with your veterinarians to determine the proper gauge of needle to use and how to properly administer sub-Q fluids. Sub-Q fluids are ONLY temporary supportive care until such time as you can get your glider to a vet (ASAP). You must be trained on how to properly administer sub-Q fluids to a small animal.
  • Emergency contact information (Veterinarian, Emergency vet, Animal Poison Control, Secondary Contact for glider care)
  • List of perishables and expiration dates. Check frequently and replace items as needed.
  • Veterinary records, any other health records and weight charts.
You may find Emergency Kits available for purchase from the following sites

Written by: sugarlope & GliderNursery
Disclaimer
If you feel your glider is sick, please seek immediate veterinary assistance. The information on this page and in the correlating articles is for general educational purposes and is not intended to replace proper vet care. Please do not try to self-diagnose or self-treat your glider.
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