Calcium deficiency leading to nutritional secondary hyperparathyroidism (NSHP) is one of the most common problems of sugar gliders. NSHP, sometimes known as metabolic bone disease of MBD, is very common in young growing gliders fed an improper diet. The diet may be deficient in calcium, have too much phosphorus, not enough vitamin D3, or some combination of these problems. The bones never mineralize, and end up weak and easily broken. A sugar glider on a bad diet may appear perfectly normal right up until the time you find it paralyzed at the bottom of it cage due to a broken back. Som
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".