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#5391 - 07/10/02 09:10 PM Siezes, but only when on me

My oldest glider, Sugar Foot, has started siezing, but only when I carry her around on my shoulder. It has also happened a couple of times when she is running around the exterior of her cage. When I have her in her pouch she seems fine.

I feed her (and her sister Schuie Spice) Brisky's Glider diet, Brisky's Luv-Bugs, Brisky's Glider Ade, and various fruits. I usually sprinkle some Rep-Cal on their fruit.

Schuie Spice doesn't let me play with her (she's still afraid <img border="0" title="" alt="[Eek!]" src="images/icons/shocked.gif" /> <img border="0" title="" alt="[Frown]" src="images/icons/frown.gif" /> ), but I've never seen her sieze.

Sugar Foot is about 2 1/2 years old. Very active. No sign of hind-leg paralysis. She is totally out of it for about 30 seconds afterwards. I just hold her close and talk quietly to her and call her. I have passed out from low blood pressure and know how disoriented you can be when first waking up. Sometimes she is confused afterwards, but very active.

I called the UT vet School the first few times this happened, and they didn't seem terribly concerned. They said not to worry.

Could she be allergic to me? Scared out of her wits? Or, so excited she can't process it all?

Thanks for the help.

#5393 - 07/10/02 09:43 PM Re: Siezes, but only when on me [Re: ]

sounds very familiar. Her eyes do go blank. I haven't seen her vomit, and she rarely loses control of her bowels or bladder. Only happens when she comes out. She doesn't freeze in the cage.

It's just very scary for us both. Imagine how she feels waking up to something my size compared to hers.

I'm almost afraid to play with her because I don't want to cause any damage.

#5394 - 07/10/02 10:30 PM Re: Siezes, but only when on me [Re: ]
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I doubt that your glider is allergic is to you.

I would take her in for a vet. visit.
How long has she been displaying these symptoms?

It sounds like a neurological problem. She may be quite in her pouch, but you are not watching her 24x7.

Gliders do hide illness as long as they can. If you have some liquid calcium offered by a vet I would try that. If not if you go to the vet. I would ask that he give you some and tell you the proper dosage for your glider as they go by weight.
Also a quick little xray to determine bone dinsity may help.
If they can do a body xray they may be able to pick up a cause and possibly pick up an old head injury. There are many neurological problems that occur after a certain age. This needs to be investagated.

If she is that frightened that she is having mini seizures they must be a cause for that happening. Gliders play "possum" but not to that extent.

I will not start a debate in diets. But please, if you are feeding Briskys then do not mix the diet with any other. Brisky advertises their diet as a complete diet. That means by adding thing other than what the diet calls for will throw off the ratios of Brisky's diet.

Please keep us posted.
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#5395 - 07/11/02 02:06 AM Re: Siezes, but only when on me [Re: ]
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do look up bourbons modified leadbeaters diet i think it might help.


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