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#76777 - 01/09/06 11:40 AM Pray for Skeeter
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This morning, after I fed my gliders, I went threw and checked on everybody (call it a morning ritual). Well, when I got to Skeeter, something about him just didn't look right. I got him out of his cage and flipped him over to see a huge abcess on his gliding membrane. It's about 2 inches longs and .5 inches wide. He's scheduled to go to the vets at 1:30. Thankfully, he doesn't seem to be in any pain or discomfort. Please pray for my little man. I'll post pictures and an update as soon as I get back.

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#76778 - 01/09/06 01:14 PM Re: Pray for Skeeter [Re: ]
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Good Luck Leyna!! I'm praying that your little Skeeter man does well and gets better soon! What do you thing the abcess is from?

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#76779 - 01/09/06 01:16 PM Re: Pray for Skeeter [Re: ]
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Best wishes to you Skeeter. Hope its nothing serious.

Keep us posted. <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/thumb.gif" alt="" />
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#76780 - 01/09/06 02:04 PM Re: Pray for Skeeter [Re: ]
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hope fully he is ok and its nothing to badly. Will be praying for him. Tell us what the vet says:)

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#76781 - 01/09/06 02:30 PM Re: Pray for Skeeter [Re: ]
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Awww Good Luck skeeter. Let us know how it goes at the vet

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#76782 - 01/09/06 03:03 PM Update on Skeeter [Re: ]
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Well, turns out, it's not an abcess per say... Skeeter isn't absorbing protein for some reason and has become sevearly anemic. His body has starting pulling fluid from his organs to fight the anemia. So far, all of his test have came back negivite for any bacterial or parasitic problem. My vet was also suprized to see that he is still eating a drinking well. He's on an iron suppliment and high protein diet for the next week to see if it helps any. If we can't get him anemia under control soon, he'll die <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/frown.gif" alt="" />

**My vet is guessing that this is caused by an in herited disorder of some type. More testing will be needed to say for sure... Right now, he doesn't have enough blood in his body that we can actually test him for anything <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/frown.gif" alt="" />

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#76783 - 01/09/06 05:53 PM Re: Update on Skeeter [Re: ]
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Registered: 09/10/04
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aww Poor Skeeter! My prayers will be with him. Hopefully the high protien diet will do the trick.

May I ask what that diet consists of? With Reepicheep, I had him on BML but I added Wambaroo HPS to it. His hair was regrowing great until I ran out of the HPS about a month ago. (Waiting on new supply). If you and your vet have not already worked out a high protien diet, that might do the trick for Skeeter.
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#76784 - 01/09/06 09:01 PM Re: Update on Skeeter [Re: ]
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Registered: 04/30/05
Posts: 1382
Loc: Kentucky
Oh no!! Prayers for Skeeter! Is there such a thing as a protein shot? (or liquid, pills, etc.) Eggs, big fat mealies, cottage cheese..

Teresa, can gliders have red meat at all? Steak has lots of protein!

Good Luck..please keep us posted. (((HUGS)))
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#76785 - 01/09/06 10:29 PM Re: Update on Skeeter [Re: ]
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My vet is pushing for animal protein... Tonight, Skeeter got a high protein cat food that my vet gave me, high protein ensure, mealies, and a vitamin suppliment that my vet gave me. Tomorrow, I'm going to try and pick up some pinky mice for him to eat... He looks so pittiful right now. His gliding membrane seems to be taking on most of the water, so it's distended and puffy. His face is also a little swollen and so are his back feet.

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#76786 - 01/09/06 11:07 PM Re: Update on Skeeter [Re: ]
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Oh no! Please let me know how this goes. Even though his parents have pretty babies I will neuter Edgy if it is an inherited thing. His sister and oldest brother are all fine though. He is in our thoughts and prayers.

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#76787 - 01/09/06 11:23 PM Re: Update on Skeeter [Re: ]
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Poor Skeeter.... Poor you.... I also have to agree go with some of the High Protein Wombaroo...I think TMarie carries it. The stuff is awesome leyna.

As for iron intake, some spinach would do really good. Helps build up iron quickly so do mustard and turnip greens but never tried those two with my gliders.

Pinkys are a real good source. I wouldnt really think giving red meat outside of baby chicks *which some petstores do sell frozen) and pinkies.

Gosh wish there was something we could do. but prayers will be going out to you all.

Glider kisses for Skeeter.
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#76788 - 01/10/06 11:42 PM Re: Update on Skeeter [Re: ]
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Skeeter ended up passing away today <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/frown.gif" alt="" /> I've been doing research all day and I'm going to guess that he had some type of genetic defect that caused him to have problems absorbing protein. All of the signs of it were there, I just never realized that this could be a problem with gliders...

Early Signs: small size, trouble gaining weight, slow development/delayed sexual maturity (@ almost 8 months OOP, he still hadn't hit sexual maturity), irritablility

Last Signs: swollen back paws/ankles and face

Final Signs: swollen gliding membrane and abdomine, lethargic, loss of appitite

RIP my little Skeeter...

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#76789 - 01/10/06 11:50 PM Re: Update on Skeeter [Re: ]
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Awe, I'm so sorry, Leyna. <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/crying.gif" alt="" />

Thank you for telling his story. I had never heard of this either. Did the vet just diagnose it from signs and symptoms? Where did you do your research, on the web, or do you have some really good glider books, or did you read about protien malabsorption in other animals and relate it to gliders?

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#76790 - 01/11/06 12:18 AM Re: Update on Skeeter [Re: ]
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The vet diagnosed him based on symptoms mostly. She also did a UA and Fecals, but everything came back clean. I researched protein deficancies in other animals (including humans) and the symptoms are the same all across the board. He had the classic symptoms, unfortunately, I didn't realize that this could be a problem until it was way too late <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/frown.gif" alt="" />

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#76791 - 01/11/06 12:45 AM Re: Update on Skeeter [Re: ]
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Registered: 06/13/01
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I'm very sorry for the loss of Skeeter. He will be waiting for you at the Rainbow Bridge. ((((hugs))))
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#76792 - 01/11/06 12:59 AM Re: Update on Skeeter [Re: ]
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Sorry to hear of his passing. Our prayers are with you.

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#76793 - 01/11/06 01:10 AM Re: Update on Skeeter [Re: ]
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Leyna, I'm so sorry to hear of Skeeter's passing. Thank you for sharing with us. Take Care <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/hug2.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/hug2.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/hug2.gif" alt="" />

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#76794 - 01/11/06 01:26 AM Re: Update on Skeeter [Re: ]
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Registered: 09/10/04
Posts: 22746
Loc: 80 acres of paradise in KS
ooohhh Leyna <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/crying.gif" alt="" /> I am so sorry. I know how much it hurts. Skeeter is now with my Nickolas. Anne and Katey will look after him and take real good care of him.

<img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/hug2.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/hug2.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/hug2.gif" alt="" />May your heart find peace...
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#76795 - 01/11/06 01:38 AM Re: Update on Skeeter [Re: ]
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Registered: 11/08/04
Posts: 5965
Loc: Northeast Indiana
Leyna, I'm so sorry to hear of your loss!
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#76796 - 01/11/06 01:52 AM Re: Update on Skeeter [Re: ]
Badgersmommy Offline
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Registered: 04/30/05
Posts: 1382
Loc: Kentucky
I'm so sorry ... <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/crying.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/hug2.gif" alt="" />
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#76797 - 01/11/06 07:46 AM Re: Update on Skeeter [Re: ]
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Here's a picture of my pretty little boy...


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#76798 - 01/11/06 02:11 PM Re: Update on Skeeter [Re: ]
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I am truely sorry Leyna <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/frown.gif" alt="" /> He was such a pretty boy. I'm sorry for your loss. <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/crying.gif" alt="" />

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#76799 - 01/11/06 02:22 PM Re: Update on Skeeter [Re: RSXTC]
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Skeeter and I really bonded over his last 48 hours with me... I find comfort in knowning that he left felling very loved. He was such a spoiled little stinker, but he could be so sweet. I really miss him <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/crying.gif" alt="" />

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#76800 - 01/11/06 02:29 PM Re: Update on Skeeter [Re: ]
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Registered: 10/30/03
Posts: 16734
Loc: St. Johns, Florida
I am so sorry you lost him Leyna. Are you going to have a necropsy done to see if anything shows up? I know that is a painful thought, but I also know how much you believe in helping other gliders anyway you can.

Prayers of comfort coming your way. <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/hug2.gif" alt="" />
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Critter Love
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You'll never know what the outcome is if you don't step up and try.


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#76801 - 01/11/06 02:32 PM Re: Update on Skeeter [Re: ]
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I decided against a necropsy on Skeeter. The last 2 I've had done have came back "Inconclusive". My vet thinks it's due to the long drive from my home to her office, during which, the gliders tissues start to break down... I've spend $300 on necropsies with no results and nobodies to bury. Skeeter is getting buried in my back yard at sunset tonight.

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#76802 - 01/11/06 02:51 PM Re: Update on Skeeter [Re: ]
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Oh, Leyna! I'm so sorry!!! <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/crying.gif" alt="" /> That is just heartbreaking! I am sure the little man knew how much he was loved! <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/hug2.gif" alt="" />

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