My two joeys (Yoda and Jabberwinky) have been with me for seven weeks now and I'm still learning a lot. We went to the exotic vet
a couple of weeks ago and she found both of them to be in perfect health (no calcium deficiency or anything).
But a few days before we went to the vet
, Yoda started sneezing repeatedly and frequently - just a lot of dry little "fsts" noises over and over, often with rubbing his nose. The vet
heard the noise and said that she wasn't concerned unless there were any secretions with the sneezes, which there aren't. But it happens several times an hour when they're awake, and sometimes when they're sleeping.
I'm trying to address possible environmental causes (removed the fleece cover from their cage, running a heppa air filter 24/7, running a humidifier, washing things, not washing things...), but the sneezing continues for almost three weeks now.
Have any of you experienced this kind of dry sneezing with your gliders?
My second concern is with the same glider, my boy Yoda. He is noticeably smaller than his sister (who is assumed to be the same age since I got them together). Jabberwinky continues growing and is actually getting a little pudgy, while Yoda remains very light and lean.
I see them both eat, and I've seen both of then steal treats out of each other's mouths. There are always leftovers in the morning and fresh snacks available all day.
Other than being small, Yoda is very energetic and adventurous. He loves coming out of the cage and runs off to scamper around the floor (and back to me) at every opportunity. I can't think of any reason that a healthy young glider shouldn't be gaining weight.
Is there such a thing as a glider midget? Could he just be a slow bloomer with a growth spurt later?
did note their weight difference, but wasn't concerned. Maybe I'm just being a hypochondriac due to these being my first gliders.
Any thoughts or advice from the community would be welcome.