Hello! I'm new here, so let me preface this by saying that I am an American living in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
I'm relatively new to the world of sugar gliders. We have three males that we acquired about two months ago. Two are brothers, who were 3 and 6 months old when we got them. The other, who we got the same day from a different place, was said to be 8 weeks old but I now think he was younger. At any rate, they all took to each other immediately and get along great.
There is only one vet
in my city that I know sees exotic pets. I took the boys there last week to get them checked out and see about getting them neutered. The vet
weighed them, took a stool sample from one of them, kind of looked them over and said they looked healthy. He took the stool sample to the back for a few minutes then returned and said it looked good, with appropriate levels of bacteria. He wants to wait until they're 8 months old to neuter, which means the oldest is ready now but it will be a while before we can get them all done. The information he gave us about neutering doesn't totally line up with things I've read elsewhere. Honestly I'm not 100% sure this guy knows what he's doing but there aren't any other vets
around who are known for seeing exotic pets of any kind.
When we had a dog we took her to another vet
in town who we really liked and trusted. We've seen several other vets
around town with our dogs and I have the most confidence in her by far. I doubt she has any experience with sugar gliders, though. I'm thinking of talking to her to see if she would be willing to see our gliders and learn about caring for them. I know there's a list of vets
who will consult with other vets
. If she's willing to do this, are there any other resources I could point her to?
And lastly, do you think this is a good idea? Is it better to go to a vet
that is known for seeing exotics (even though he doesn't give me great confidence in his experience with gliders), or to a vet
who you know and trust, who does not have experience with gliders but is willing to learn?
I'm sure I'll have other questions but I'll leave it at this for now! Thanks so much.