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#629519 - 09/06/08 11:36 AM Question
JCBennett
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We are thinking about getting Chester fixed, and he is five years old. Is it ok to get a glider that is that old fixed without him trying to mutiliate himself or having to worry about anything along those lines?

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#629521 - 09/06/08 11:53 AM Re: Question [Re: ]
konotashi Offline
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Mutilation can always be a problem, even with young gliders.
I heard that someone was getting their glider neutered that was either nine or six, so I would assume he'd be fine.
That's just my opinion, though. I've never had to deal with a neuter.
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#629530 - 09/06/08 11:59 AM Re: Question [Re: konotashi]
JCBennett
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We are just done with him and Zoey pro-creating lol. They've had 4 gliders within the last 6 months, so we have 6 of them now, don't really need any more to be honest.

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#629543 - 09/06/08 12:27 PM Re: Question [Re: ]
TWilson
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I completely understand your concerns, it is a possibility that a glider will SM after a neuter. Take comfort in the fact that it is not the majority of the time. I've have all my boys neutered with no problems.

The key is to be prepared, have an ecollar and talk to your vet about pain management.

After surgery for my boys, the collar goes on, the vet gives an injection for pain upon waking, and I keep them on me all day to keep a close watch.

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#629553 - 09/06/08 12:49 PM Re: Question [Re: ]
JCBennett
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Is the collar something I would need to purchase or make myself? Not sure they make them that small do they? I've got 3 gliders here that I need fixed, and fortunately I found a clinic that seems to be very good with them.

Had to take Zoey in because something was wrong with her eye, and it was like a 2nd or 3rd eyelid that was stuck. Gave her drops and antibiotics and it was good as new after a couple of weeks.

Its really surprising that people are so knowledgeable about these little guys.

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#629571 - 09/06/08 01:28 PM Re: Question [Re: ]
JCBennett
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Another question, one of our gliders ran off and got in some yellow insulation - is that known to be lethal to gliders or should she be ok? As soon as we got her we washed her off with a warm damp washcloth, but I'm just worried that it might be bad for her.

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#629598 - 09/06/08 02:36 PM Re: Question [Re: ]
minkasmom Offline
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Registered: 11/08/04
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Loc: Northeast Indiana
It took me a few seconds, but I found the website with instructions on how to make your own e-collar:

http://www.suzsugargliders.com/ecollar.htm

The biggest "challenge" with this shot-glass style e-collar is getting it on tight enough that their can't sneak out...but not so tight that they suffocate. My one friend had to put on HER FIRST e-collar alone, but remembered what I told her about wrapping her glider in a piece of fleece like a burrito...then using duct tape on the outside of the burrito to hold her front legs. Abby instinctively "stretched" her neck out which made it very easy for Leigh to get the e-collar on with the first try. **I WILL WARN YOU OF 2 THINGS: #1 your glider WILL NOT like having the e-collar on, so expect a lot of fighting, twisting, kicking, things such as that. #2 Keep an eye on the breathing pattern: At first it will be shallow & rapid breaths...after 5-10 minutes, it should slow down. Keep an eye on the nose: half purplish-pink from stress is OK, completely blue or purple is NOT OK (too tight).

As far as the insulation is concerned: If you have a soft-bristled baby brush or a fine-toothed flea comb, I'd suggest using that on your glider that got in the insulation, just as a precautionary thing. I'm sure that running through ANY color of insulation is not good...but maybe the comb could get some of those itty bitty pieces out of the fur.

Good luck!
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#629739 - 09/06/08 07:10 PM Re: Question [Re: minkasmom]
konotashi Offline
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I was also wondering, if you get a neutered male, do they get neutered then shipped off, or do they have time to heal before they're shipped off? And would you have to wait until they're a bit older before they're neutered, since I think it's a bad idea if they're ten weeks old and neutered....
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#629752 - 09/06/08 07:37 PM Re: Question [Re: konotashi]
JCBennett
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Thats a good question as I have a baby glider that is going to be neutered, how long do I have to wait to get him fixed?

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#629884 - 09/06/08 10:06 PM Re: Question [Re: ]
minkasmom Offline
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Registered: 11/08/04
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Most vets won't neuter a boy until he's around 4-5 months of age, I believe. They need to be "old enough" for their testicles to drop. Some, however, will neuter at a younger age...but I'm not 100% sure about that. I'm also not sure that I'd want to get a boy done any sooner.

Sorry to answer your question with another question, Marissa, but are you referring to a male coming from a breeder that way? If so, it'd be between you & the breeder as to how soon after a neutering that he'd be shipped. (I would hope there'd be at least a week of healing before he gets shipped...) I think that'd also be the practice if you're getting a rescue, just to make sure there aren't any complications.
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