The curious looking animals that you may
have observed during your most recent visit to your local pet shop are gaining
in popularity among pet owners. Chances are you had to ask what they were, and
when you were told "Sugar Gliders", you probably had never even heard
of them. And with good reason:
deficiencies are the most common causes of diseases in captive Sugar Gliders.
Imbalanced diet often leads to a disease called secondary hyperparathyroidism,
characterized by calcium deficiency that causes neuromuscular dysfunction.
Typical signs include muscle weakness, tremors, abnormal heart rate and rhythm,
bone fractures, lameness and anorexia. Spinal fractures may result in paralysis
and eventual death. If treated early with dietary supplementation and correction
affected animals may recover. In addition, protein and vitamin deficiencies can
result in stress and weak immune system, cataracts, seizures and weight loss.
Obesity is observed in individuals that are fed high fat diet and are not active