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How to Keep Your Sugar Glider Healthy

Learn how to keep your pet sugar glider healthy with preventative veterinary care from veterinarian Anthony Pilny in this Howcast video.

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Sugar gliders should have an annual visit with your veterinarian. Part of being active, or proactive, about preventative medical care is taking your sugar glider in for routine checkups and routine visits. It's a mistake to feel like the only time you should take your sugar glider to the veterinarian is when they're sick or having any type of health problems.

It's important that you establish a relationship with a veterinarian. That you have somebody that's available to call and discuss, and have your pet established as their patient should you ever require anything more. Such as health certificates for travel or a need to board your pet, or also just for general medical advice. And also to discuss certain problems with your veterinarian that they may be able to help you with that may not require an actual office visit.

Routine preventative veterinary medical care for sugar gliders does not include vaccines. There are no types of vaccines or shots that a sugar glider is required to have.

In most cases sugar gliders do not need to be treated with routine flea products or flea preventative products. They're not considered to be susceptible to heart worm disease, which is a common problem with a lot of pets in the country. And they don't need any routine or annual anti-parasite treatments as part of their routine and preventative care.

If you are seeking a new veterinarian after you've adopted a sugar glider, we strongly would encourage you to look for somebody experienced in exotic pet practice. There are veterinarians that join the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians, as well as an Association of Sugar Glider Veterinarians that may be more of an indication that that person has a commitment to the advancement of medical care, has more of a veterinary network and is somebody who is better equipped at providing more appropriate preventative and medical care for your sugar glider.

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