Finding a Glider-Knowledgeable Veterinarian
before getting a sugar glider you should phone around and find out
where the nearest vet is that is glider-experienced. Phone each number
in the yellow pages and ask two specific questions: 1) "Do you accept
sugar gliders as patients?"; 2) "Does the veterinarian have experience
with sugar gliders? If so, how many other gliders has he/she seen?"
Don't feel awkward about asking these questions. They are vital to the
continued well-being of your glider.
find a glider-experienced vet, find out what the vet's normal office
hours are, not just what the clinic's hours are. Find out if the clinic
is available 24/7 for emergencies. If not, inquire about where your
veterinarian would recommend that you bring your glider in the event of
an emergency. Follow up by checking with the emergency facility to make
sure that they also accept sugar gliders as patients. Many do not. Find
out where the emergency facility is located and print out a map to keep
in your Emergency Medical Kit.
I can not stress the importance of knowing, in advance, where the nearest glider-experienced veterinarian is. It could mean the difference between life and death for your glider in the future.