Lets talk about Dental health in sugar gliders today.
Dental disease, including tartar accumulation, is commonly due to the feeding of soft, carbohydrate rich diets. Advanced disease may lead to rotting teeth, tooth fractures and tooth loss. Sugar gliders with dental disease are often anorexic and sickly. To minimize dental disease, ensure that the proper diet is being provided and have the teeth checked regularly by a veterinarian familiar with sugar gliders. Any dental cleaning and repair will be done under a general anesthetic.
A few ways that you can help your sugar glider maintain healthy teeth is to ensure that you offer items that aid in cleaning their teeth. A dry kibble is a wonderful food item to have in their cage that helps them to clean their teeth. We use Happy Glider sugar glider pellets and our gliders love them! You can find them here....... Pet-Pro.com
Insects such as mealworms, crickets and grasshoppers also provide excellent care for their teeth. But make sure that the bedding used in the raised insects was not corm based as corn based bedding can carry aflatoxins which is a mold that is deadly to sugar gliders.
Plant based treats are also a wonderful way to prevent tartar build up. Eucalyptus and some fruit branches can provide just the enrichment that your gliders need to maintain healthy teeth plus they provide enrichment to their mental health as well. In the wild they strip away the bark with their teeth to get at the sap or the bugs that is underneath. Here is a list of safe trees and branches that you can use. Remember to only use branches from trees that you know have not been treated by pesticides. Acacia, Apple, Aspen, Balsa, Bamboo (real bamboo, not decorative which is toxic), Beech, Blue Spruce, Butterfly Bush, Buttonwood, Carob Tree, Cholla, Citrus (orange, lime, lemon, etc.), Cork Bark (not the wood of the cork oak, just the bark), Cottonwood, Crabapple, Crape Myrtle, Eucalyptus (), Forsythia, Grapewood (woody grape vines), Hazelnut, Hybiscus, Lilac, Madrone, Magnolia, Manzanita, Maple (except Red Maple varieties), Mimosa, Mountain Ash, Mulberry, Pear, Pecan, Plane Tree, Poplar, Rose of Sharon, Sassafras, Silk Tree, Strawberry Tree, Silver Maple, Sugar Maple, Sycamore, Redbud, Ribbonwood, Willow, Yucca.
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