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How to Keep a Sugar Glider Safe from Household Hazards

Learn how to keep your sugar glider safe from household hazards from veterinarian Anthony Pilny in this Howcast video about these funny animals.

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It's important to consider that there may be certain safety hazards that may come up with your sugar glider. Some of these relate more significantly to the environment that the sugar glider is living in, some of them relate to the cage and set up in which they spend most of their time, and some of them relate to just environmental hazards that are part of sugar gliders living in our homes.

One of the concerns with sugar gliders is that they not be set up in an environment where there's chances of them hurting themselves. They may get their toes caught in cages, they may get caught up in certain types of materials that are inappropriate to have in their environment that are used for hammocks, for bedding or pouches. They may get legs and limbs caught in cages aren't appropriately constructed and suitable for a sugar glider to live in.

There's always a safety hazard that's concerned with sugar gliders escaping. You want to make sure your cage has enough of a locking mechanism so that they don't ever have the opportunity to escape and become lost in your home. Sugar gliders that are out of their cage and unattended for periods of time set up another potential safety hazard in the fact that they may get into certain types of household toxins, they may actually get into what may be poisonous plants in the home, and they may be exposed to other environmental dangers like other types of pets that could be aggressive towards them.

Sugar gliders have a natural desire to climb, to move around like this, and generally have a very good grip, but we certainly wouldn't want them to take a chance of them falling off of somebody, getting hurt or becoming injured through falls, or somebody's carelessness in handling or holding them. So safety hazards as well that relate to captive care should be related to appropriate diet, making sure that they're not fed spoiled, or rotted, or molded food. And making sure that the environment that live in, the cage environment, is kept as clean as possible to ensure that they're not exposed to unsanitary living conditions that may result in a dirty environment.

So overall, sugar glider safety hazards in many ways relate to setting up a proper cage, setting up a proper environment that they're not going to injure themselves in, and not get toes, or toenails, or legs, or limbs caught in the cage. And that there's not a chance of them getting out of their cage, out of their environment, lost in someones home, or run the risk of any out of their cage environmental dangers.

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