Sugar gliders are not an appropriate impulse buy

We are finding problems with the vendor (a glider mill) that is selling a fairs, malls, and on-line. Gliders are not in good condition, diet is questionable, and likely the breeders are being pushed so joeys are weakened. I am bringing this to the attention of exotic mammal vets at next week’s ExoticsCon in Portland Oregon.

Veterinarian Greg Hurst reminds people that animals should not be an impulse buy, noting that sugar gliders sold at the Illinois State Fair are a good example of an impulse pet purchase that doesn’t end well, because some owners are now having problems. “Every one of these owners really didn’t plan on having a sugar glider prior to the state fair,” Dr. Hurst said.

The State Journal-Register (Springfield, Ill.) (8/19)


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