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Help! Bo is about 8 years old and is barely able to move his back legs! #1411031
07/18/17 10:45 PM
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My sugar glider Bo is 8 years old, he was healthy until his friend died about two years ago, he started over grooming but then I got him a new friend and he was doing well again. Now about a year later I noticed he wasn't near as strong as my other glider. And suddenly today I found him unable to pull himself up the cage. I don't know if he fell or what... I know have him in a small hamster cage. He has eaten some pine nuts and snap peas but he still seems very weak... I don't have a local vet that understands sugar gliders and I need to figure out what is happening. It is almost like his hind legs have some sort of paralysis, he can move them a bit but not enough to walk normally... Help!

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Re: Help! Bo is about 8 years old and is barely able to move his back legs! [Re: Anonymous] #1411032
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If anyone can provide information please email me at kirsten.mcgall@gmail.com or reply here!

Re: Help! Bo is about 8 years old and is barely able to move his back legs! [Re: Anonymous] #1411033
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Unfortunately, your option at this point is to make a visit to the vet.

That said...what sort of foods does your glider eat on a nightly basis? Give me a typical night.

You also said that he can't pull himself up. That's front legs, not back. Which are giving him issues?

Re: Help! Bo is about 8 years old and is barely able to move his back legs! [Re: Anonymous] #1411035
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I agree with Aimee, you little old guy needs to be seen by the vet.

I recommend x-rays, check for parasites, a UTI and have them swab his cloaca and do a culture and sensitivity on that.

Metabolic bone disease (HLP) takes a long time to manifest, but there have been issues where gliders have started showing the symptoms of HLP, it came down to they had a bacterial overgrowth in the digestive tract and that was inhibiting the calcium the glider was getting with their food.

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Re: Help! Bo is about 8 years old and is barely able to move his back legs! [Re: Anonymous] #1411036
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If you click on the blue word vet, it will take you to a database where you may have one in your area. Since you aren't registered, I can't narrow it down for you.

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Re: Help! Bo is about 8 years old and is barely able to move his back legs! [Re: Anonymous] #1411040
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Hello everyone and thanks for responding! I created a new account since my old one wasn't working... I am currently trying to find a vet that understands gliders and I think Bo has HLP based on everything I have read. Unfortunately the only vet here that claims to know sugar gliders knows a fraction of what I do so I don't trust them. I may be travelling to get him to someone reliable... Despite his mobility issues he is still eating well and has his cute personality with his usual attitude... So I suppose that is a good sign! I will keep you updated...

Re: Help! Bo is about 8 years old and is barely able to move his back legs! [Re: kirstenamber] #1411042
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Glad you are registered. It is possible your old account is not longer in our database. If you wish, send me a PM, and we can try to locate your previous one.

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In some cases HLP can be reversed or greatly improved with diet but it depends on the severity of the condition.

I am now going to move your thread to our Health & Hygiene Forum.


Originally Posted By: DCMuffin

That said...what sort of foods does your glider eat on a nightly basis? Give me a typical night.

You also said that he can't pull himself up. That's front legs, not back. Which are giving him issues?


The portion highlighted in red is a very important question and may give us an insight to how this problem began.


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Re: Help! Bo is about 8 years old and is barely able to move his back legs! [Re: KarenE] #1411045
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I have found a vet that seems to think he can help. I'm driving over 2 hours to see him tomorrow. My gliders diet consists of the following:
- boiled chicken with corn to tempt them
- plain yogurt with agave nectar
- chickpeas
- pine nuts
- cantaloupe
- avocado
- snap peas or green beans
- watermelon

They always get their protein and yogurt and some combination of fruits and vegetables with a few pine nuts. They also have Glider Vitamins sprinkled onto their food. I have tried many other foods with my boys and they show zero interest in them. This is what I can get them to eat and I from all of my research it seems balanced.

I am hoping we can get him Neocalglucon at the veterinarian I found. He wants to see him and try to figure out what is going on so I'm very hopeful.

Re: Help! Bo is about 8 years old and is barely able to move his back legs! [Re: Anonymous] #1411051
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I found a vet to see Bo at 3pm! 1 hour to go... smile

Re: Help! Bo is about 8 years old and is barely able to move his back legs! [Re: kirstenamber] #1411052
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