Gerbil Epilepsy, sometimes called fits, is a common condition seen in 20-40% of all gerbils. It is believed to be inherited and therefore strongly associated with certain breeds of gerbils. In fact, lines have been bred to be seizure-resistant and seizure-prone for use in clinical research on human epilepsy. The seizure-prone gerbils spend less time performing social activities, such as scent gland marking. The seizure activity is due to a deficiency in a brain enzyme, cerebral glutamine synthetase, and is classified as “spontaneous epileptiform seizures.”
Pets may be sent home with liquid medications. An oral liquid medication must be given by mouth to be effective. An injectable liquid medication must be given by injection beneath the skin to be useful. Some injectable medications require that the medication is inserted into the muscle to be most effective. It is important that you understand how to read the syringes that are sent home so your pet gets the proper amount of medication at each dose.
All exotic pets, even ones that appear to be outwardly healthy, have the potential to carry and spread contagious diseases that can impact the health of people. This sort of disease is called a "zoonosis", "zoonotic disease", or "zoonotic infection".