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#698348 - 12/23/08 07:40 PM My tinker is so sick.........
tinkers_mama
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Tinker is my little sugar glider and she is so sick. We think she has Metabolic bone disease. She was given to us a year ago and we knew nothing about caring for one. We were given some sugar glider food and told that she likes fruits and baby food every now and then. We figured the person we got her from knew how to care for her and never seconded guessed him. She has been fine up until last sunday, She was having trouble climbing up her cage but we though that maybe she had just hurt her paw and keept an eye on her. By that afternoon she was bad.... frown I took her to a vet Monday and they gave her some antibotics and told me to give it to her for three days and to give her protine mix for body builders with dark kayro syrup in it. He did not really knnow anything about sugar gliders and told me this but has seen many become "brought back" by this and felt strong that she would bounce back. thursday-Friday, she took a turn for the worse again. Now she is very dehydrated and wont swallow anything I give her. She is so shaky and cold and just is laying there now. I am very scared and this could be the end and I will never be able to forgive myself knowing now that this was completley prevantable and now she has suffered for over a week and we might lose her at any time. cry I Called a vet that does know some about sugar gliders, but the big problem is that my husband and I dont have alot of money right now and pay day is a week away, this vet was very pricy and was talking about lots of test and treatments and that it was probabley too late. When I asked her if there was anything I could do at home to try and help her until we get paid next week she said they would not tell my anything until they saw her and that I should bring her in to "put her down" that it is selfish to make her suffer. cry I love Tinker VERY much and have tried to do everything i can think of. I wish I had done the research sooner and she would probably be fine. I cant even think of the idea of not having her... I just feel like I have done her so wrong, I know I didnt know, but I wish I had of. I dont know what to do......

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#698352 - 12/23/08 07:46 PM Re: My tinker is so sick......... [Re: ]
konotashi Offline
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Registered: 08/17/07
Posts: 4061
Loc: Mesa, AZ
Is she using her back legs at all? She needs go get to the vet. Has she been on an approved diet at all or just the one that the previous owner gave you? It COULD be HLP (hind leg paralysis). I'm sure someone with more experience will come by soon.
I hope your little Tinker starts feeling better. She'll be in my thoughts and prayers. hug2
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#698357 - 12/23/08 07:51 PM Re: My tinker is so sick......... [Re: konotashi]
SugarBlossoms Offline
Serious Glideritis

Registered: 02/23/06
Posts: 5830
Loc: USA
Call more vets, keep calling even up to a couple of hour drive if you have to.

In the meantime, give her Activia Vanilla yogurt, Pedialyte (clear), watermelon, anything to keep her hydrated and keep her WARM!

I have taken in 2 rescues so far that had HLP (hind leg paralysis) along with many other problems and they both made it! While not always the case...don't let that vet take away her chance.
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My precious loves that left to quickly, Peanut, Katie
Isabella, Kiwi, Bonnie and Monroe.

Spread your wings and glide free of pain,
Until the day I see you again.

God speed my precious angels. I love you. Mama.

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#698358 - 12/23/08 07:51 PM Re: My tinker is so sick......... [Re: konotashi]
tinkers_mama
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No, she is not using her back legs at all and i gave fruit and the boxed glider mix. i didnt know it had to be broke up in different amounts of foods. she is pretty much just lying where ever she is put down.this is by far the worse she has ever been. OMG i feel sooo bad!!!!!! cry

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#698359 - 12/23/08 07:52 PM Re: My tinker is so sick......... [Re: konotashi]
flutterbye Offline
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Registered: 11/02/08
Posts: 1022
Loc: indiana
Do you have any pedialyte clear that you could try to get her to take with a syringe? You need to try to get her hydrated first. Someone will be on with more info for you soon....Will say a little prayer for your baby.


Edited by flutterbye (12/23/08 07:53 PM)
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#698360 - 12/23/08 07:52 PM Re: My tinker is so sick......... [Re: SugarBlossoms]
SugarBlossoms Offline
Serious Glideritis

Registered: 02/23/06
Posts: 5830
Loc: USA
I am sending you a PM .. look for a flasing envelope at the top of this page in a moment and click on it.
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Keeper of Handprints on my Heart, You left your Footprints on my soul.
My precious loves that left to quickly, Peanut, Katie
Isabella, Kiwi, Bonnie and Monroe.

Spread your wings and glide free of pain,
Until the day I see you again.

God speed my precious angels. I love you. Mama.

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#698363 - 12/23/08 07:54 PM Re: My tinker is so sick......... [Re: flutterbye]
konotashi Offline
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Registered: 08/17/07
Posts: 4061
Loc: Mesa, AZ
Here is Suz's site. It shows symptoms of HLP and several other problems, but either way, your baby needs to get to a vet.
http://www.suzsugargliders.com/symptoms.htm
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#698371 - 12/23/08 08:00 PM Re: My tinker is so sick......... [Re: konotashi]
SugarBlossoms Offline
Serious Glideritis

Registered: 02/23/06
Posts: 5830
Loc: USA
Check you PM now smile
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Keeper of Handprints on my Heart, You left your Footprints on my soul.
My precious loves that left to quickly, Peanut, Katie
Isabella, Kiwi, Bonnie and Monroe.

Spread your wings and glide free of pain,
Until the day I see you again.

God speed my precious angels. I love you. Mama.

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#698399 - 12/23/08 08:15 PM Re: My tinker is so sick......... [Re: SugarBlossoms]
BelladonnasMom
Unregistered


I am so sorry this is happening to your baby. You did what you thought was right, you didn't know you were getting bad information. It is heartbreaking when we know our beloved pet is suffering and there is nothing we can do to help them. Talk to SugarBlossoms, she is well respected by most in this community and may be able to offer you some advice on what you can do for your baby. Again... I am sorry.

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#698419 - 12/23/08 08:29 PM Re: My tinker is so sick......... [Re: ]
SugarBlossoms Offline
Serious Glideritis

Registered: 02/23/06
Posts: 5830
Loc: USA
First thing is to get her to a vet, ANY vet, to get her sub'q'd! She MUST get hydrated and STAY warm.
_________________________
Keeper of Handprints on my Heart, You left your Footprints on my soul.
My precious loves that left to quickly, Peanut, Katie
Isabella, Kiwi, Bonnie and Monroe.

Spread your wings and glide free of pain,
Until the day I see you again.

God speed my precious angels. I love you. Mama.

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#698421 - 12/23/08 08:32 PM Re: My tinker is so sick......... [Re: SugarBlossoms]
LSardou Offline
Glideritis Anonymous

Registered: 03/01/06
Posts: 21060
Loc: Kansas
If you need to call me please do so 620-382-3228 I will do whatever I can to help so that your little one can be seen right away. hug2

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#698448 - 12/23/08 09:05 PM Re: My tinker is so sick......... [Re: LSardou]
silverwolf Offline
Glider Slave

Registered: 06/15/05
Posts: 1732
Loc: Utah
Look take the help that has been offered here. Please don't give up on your baby you didn't know now you just need to get her to a vet and then when she is recovered join us here and learn what is right in taking care of a glider. Please also update us on how she is doing we do care and will help all we can.

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#698473 - 12/23/08 09:30 PM Re: My tinker is so sick......... [Re: silverwolf]
Jackie_Chans_Mom Offline
Glider Addict

Registered: 05/01/07
Posts: 2511
Loc: Texas
I, too, have much experience with this. The truth is, you will not KNOW that she has HLP without a vet visit. She also could have an injury or an infection. There is much that has to be done AT THE vet office. PLEASE call either Linda or myself ASAP.

I am more than willing to help you out. I am here for ya. PLEASE call one of us ASAP.
Val 806-274-9177
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#698479 - 12/23/08 09:40 PM Re: My tinker is so sick......... [Re: Jackie_Chans_Mom]
SugarBlossoms Offline
Serious Glideritis

Registered: 02/23/06
Posts: 5830
Loc: USA
anyone know if she is on her way to a vet?
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Keeper of Handprints on my Heart, You left your Footprints on my soul.
My precious loves that left to quickly, Peanut, Katie
Isabella, Kiwi, Bonnie and Monroe.

Spread your wings and glide free of pain,
Until the day I see you again.

God speed my precious angels. I love you. Mama.

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#698536 - 12/23/08 10:54 PM Re: My tinker is so sick......... [Re: SugarBlossoms]
LSardou Offline
Glideritis Anonymous

Registered: 03/01/06
Posts: 21060
Loc: Kansas
I haven't heard anything from her. I hope that she is on her way. I will let you know if I do hear anything.

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#698555 - 12/23/08 11:28 PM Re: My tinker is so sick......... [Re: LSardou]
SugarBlossoms Offline
Serious Glideritis

Registered: 02/23/06
Posts: 5830
Loc: USA
Thank you Linda...I am very worried. hug2
_________________________
Keeper of Handprints on my Heart, You left your Footprints on my soul.
My precious loves that left to quickly, Peanut, Katie
Isabella, Kiwi, Bonnie and Monroe.

Spread your wings and glide free of pain,
Until the day I see you again.

God speed my precious angels. I love you. Mama.

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#698560 - 12/23/08 11:35 PM Re: My tinker is so sick......... [Re: SugarBlossoms]
Usha77 Offline
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Registered: 03/05/07
Posts: 4007
Loc: Greeley, CO
hug2 hug2 Tinker has my prayers!
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#698574 - 12/23/08 11:55 PM Re: My tinker is so sick......... [Re: Usha77]
konotashi Offline
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Registered: 08/17/07
Posts: 4061
Loc: Mesa, AZ
I hope this little girl makes it! hug2
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#698619 - 12/24/08 12:35 AM Re: My tinker is so sick......... [Re: konotashi]
SugarBlossoms Offline
Serious Glideritis

Registered: 02/23/06
Posts: 5830
Loc: USA
Prayers for Tinker hug2
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Keeper of Handprints on my Heart, You left your Footprints on my soul.
My precious loves that left to quickly, Peanut, Katie
Isabella, Kiwi, Bonnie and Monroe.

Spread your wings and glide free of pain,
Until the day I see you again.

God speed my precious angels. I love you. Mama.

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#698635 - 12/24/08 12:52 AM Re: My tinker is so sick......... [Re: SugarBlossoms]
the gliders angel Offline
Glider Addict

Registered: 08/08/01
Posts: 3058
Loc: u.s.a.
dont put her down right now she needs alot of protein. give her chicken any type protein and calcium from the vet. i know someone who used rep cal with d3 on a glider and in 2 wks the hlp turned around. there is hope for her. many gliders with this have survived. dont give up

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#698705 - 12/24/08 08:52 AM Re: My tinker is so sick......... [Re: the gliders angel]
rdobbie23 Offline
Glider Addict

Registered: 06/09/08
Posts: 2819
Loc: Southern Virginia
The suspense is killing me! Has anyone heard from her? Poor Tinker! That must be rough on her durring the Holidays...! I am sending her a PM! Merry Christmas everyone!
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#698707 - 12/24/08 08:54 AM Re: My tinker is so sick......... [Re: rdobbie23]
LSardou Offline
Glideritis Anonymous

Registered: 03/01/06
Posts: 21060
Loc: Kansas
Thank you Megan. I have not heard back from her yet. I do pray that her little one is alright.

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#698718 - 12/24/08 09:38 AM Re: My tinker is so sick......... [Re: LSardou]
SugarBlossoms Offline
Serious Glideritis

Registered: 02/23/06
Posts: 5830
Loc: USA
Still praying everything is okay with Tinker...HUGS
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Keeper of Handprints on my Heart, You left your Footprints on my soul.
My precious loves that left to quickly, Peanut, Katie
Isabella, Kiwi, Bonnie and Monroe.

Spread your wings and glide free of pain,
Until the day I see you again.

God speed my precious angels. I love you. Mama.

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#698744 - 12/24/08 11:07 AM Re: My tinker is so sick......... [Re: SugarBlossoms]
kyro298 Offline
Glider Explorer

Registered: 01/22/07
Posts: 275
Loc: Colorado Springs, Colorado
Maybe the vet will do a payment plan? Care Credit also works for situations like this.

Hoping for a Christmas miracle...
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Kylah

5 sugar babies-Skitzi, Daddy, Zoomerang, Shiloh, Maddox


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#698840 - 12/24/08 01:53 PM Re: My tinker is so sick......... [Re: kyro298]
tinkers_mama
Unregistered


i will be doing another poston tinker and her vet vist today call update on tinker for everyone that has prayed and asked about my little girl..... thank you so much from the bottom of my heart.

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#698847 - 12/24/08 02:08 PM Update on Tinker.....
tinkers_mama
Unregistered


Tinker went to the vet today. The vet knew alot about sugar gliders and I felt good taking her there. He said the her heart rate was very slow and that she was too sick to take blood, he was afraid that might push her over. He said she was very dehydrated and very sick. He did give her an injection of fluids in the skin behind the neck and a shot of meds that would last about 24hours or so hours. He said if she was doing better that he would give her the meds in liquid from on friday. He said the he does believe it is a metabolic(spelling?) problem and that he thinks that her liver or kidneys could be failing. She has not acted much better and I see white in the corner of her eyes that I have never seen before. I hope she will turn around but I just dont know.... Thank you to everyone who ha asked about tinker and prayed 4 her. it means so much to me to have so many people care for her. I hope everyone has a merry christmas. I will try and keep an update on anything i find out.

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#698849 - 12/24/08 02:11 PM Re: Update on Tinker..... [Re: ]
KattyM Offline
Serious Glideritis

Registered: 12/24/02
Posts: 9910
Loc: Phoenix, AZ
Thank you for the update. Sending big-time prayers and hug2 your way. I hope little Tink can take her meds on Friday. heart
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#698880 - 12/24/08 02:43 PM Re: Update on Tinker..... [Re: KattyM]
sugarlope Offline
Glideritis Anonymous

Registered: 03/28/02
Posts: 19735
Loc: in my happy place
I am so sorry she is not feeling well. I'm sending prayers for her (and you), I will be thinking of you both. hug2
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Maia & Squish
If we never loved, then maybe we would never feel pain. Love anyway. It's worth it.

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#698881 - 12/24/08 02:43 PM Re: Update on Tinker..... [Re: KattyM]
SugarBlossoms Offline
Serious Glideritis

Registered: 02/23/06
Posts: 5830
Loc: USA
Thank you for the update!! I am praying hard for your little girl Tinker! hug2
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Keeper of Handprints on my Heart, You left your Footprints on my soul.
My precious loves that left to quickly, Peanut, Katie
Isabella, Kiwi, Bonnie and Monroe.

Spread your wings and glide free of pain,
Until the day I see you again.

God speed my precious angels. I love you. Mama.

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#698899 - 12/24/08 03:19 PM Re: Update on Tinker..... [Re: SugarBlossoms]
sandbat Offline
Glider Lover

Registered: 08/27/08
Posts: 633
Loc: Dallas, TX
Sending good thoughts your way for you and Tinker...I'm so sorry she's going through this. frown

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