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#1014481 - 10/07/10 09:28 PM Leptospirosis.

I got my little suggie man when he was 16 weeks oop. He came from an exotics pet store that the man who I bought him from found him. The man i got Alfredo from didnt take good care of him and left him in a cage with absolutely nothing in it except for a bowl of water and he told me he fed him a few meal worms as a meal. So i immediately took him in without thinking twice.

About a month later he bit me pretty good (gashing my finger and urinating on my finger at the same time.) He passed on a rare disease to me called Leptospirosis. And after a month of battling it, I'm finally ok, unfortunately after treating my suggie man with Doxycyline antibiotics (I work for a veterinary hospital as well,) he didnt make it.

I called the health dept about this 'exotic pet store' where I figured the disease was passed on to Alfredo and I was right. The 2 sugar gliders in the store as well as a few other exotics tested positive for this disease, which although sometimes rare, can be transferred to humans.

Its a rough disease but can be treated with antibiotics (Doxycycline or Penicillin) if caught in time.

Symptoms: Extreme nausea and vomiting, high persistent fever, achy joints and body, headaches, and flu symptoms.

RIP Alfredo <3 Because he died, we were able to treat the other animals that came back positive for Lepto, he was such a good boy

#1014840 - 10/08/10 06:27 PM Re: Leptospirosis. [Re: ]
jacknsally Offline
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Registered: 03/30/05
Posts: 3224
Loc: North Fort Worth - TX
I'm so sorry your lil man didn't make it. Under sad circumstances he was a blessing and was a great help to others.

Thank you for sharing your story with us hug2
~Always on my mind & in my heart Jack, Sally & Serenity~

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#1014851 - 10/08/10 06:58 PM Re: Leptospirosis. [Re: ]

Sorry for your loss and thank you for warning about this disease. I was considering a pet store until you reminded me of the dangers. Buying from a well known breeder makes me feel more secure. Even though the store said their gliders are shipped from a breeder, I had reservations buying because the store has been able to get half a dozen gliders every month.
thanks again

Edited by Deborah (10/08/10 06:59 PM)

#1014875 - 10/08/10 07:58 PM Re: Leptospirosis. [Re: ]
Feather Offline

Registered: 01/19/08
Posts: 12063
Loc: Wisconsin
I am sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in your memories of little Alfredo.

Glide Free Little Alfredo :rbridge:
Feathers-Sweetie, Sklyar Blue, Mister Peanut, Big Mack & Ibo
Fur-Guinan, Mr. Spock, T'Mir, Micheal, Stevie, Cho & Maharet :bb: T'Pol, Elizabeth & Curzon :wfb: TY, TJ, Khayman & T'Pring :rtmo: O'Ryan :leu:
Forever in my heart, Gizmo, Tucker and the rest of my babies over the :rbridge:

#1014896 - 10/08/10 08:21 PM Re: Leptospirosis. [Re: ]


What causes Leptospirosis? First I have had heard of this and am just curious. I am glad where I live that I do not see any sugar gliders in any pet stores. I would be a mess, I am sure, if I did. Thank you for the information! I am very sorry for your little guy; but do agree with Nancy, that he served a very beneficial purpose in his short life.

#1015064 - 10/09/10 05:57 AM Re: Leptospirosis. [Re: ]
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Registered: 07/31/09
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Loc: South Africa
I am so very sorry for you loss. hug2
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:grey:Gizzy, Boesman, Muchu, Kiamon, Sky & Boog:grey:
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RIP Sugar 2009 & Kaida 2013

#1016489 - 10/12/10 11:13 AM Re: Leptospirosis. [Re: ]

Thank you everyone. And Jennifer: its typically when they are shipped in large numbers and are in unclean conditions (like sitting in eachothers urine, etc)


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