SmallWorld Suggies

Sugar glider rescuer and breeder

Neutering methods, scalpel and laser

1. Pom on. Incision is made into pom, testicle removed, for both sides. Incision is very small and needs no stitches or glue. An ecollar or ejacket, depends on the glider and if they try to go to their neuter site. Healing time is very fast, normally within a day, or two, at the most. Laser is best, because there's little to no bleeding, less pain, faster surgery (less anesthesia) and a quicker recovery.

2. Pom off. Entire pom is removed, with testicles inside. This is invasive surgery, requiring stitches or glue, the use of an ecollar or ejacket and requires a much longer healing period of a week or two.

NEUTERING SHOULD ALWAYS BE DONE BY A QUALIFIED & KNOWLEDGEABLE VETERINARIAN!!!

Reasons for neutering

1. No unwanted babies.

2. Healthier for the male. Lessens chance of cancer.

3. Lessens odor considerably.

4. Less chance of penal issues (amputation).

What to take to the vets when going in for a neuter

1. Bonding pouch big enough to fit your glider if he is wearing an ecollar.

2. An ecollar or ejacket. These are made to prevent an animal from reaching a surgery site or injury. Gliders are self-mutilators. They attack the pain, not realizing they are causing more pain. Especially when they wake up after anesthesia, they normally head for their neuter site, knowing something is different there. The stress of wearing an ecollar or ejacket until they're healed, is much less than the stress of ripping themselves open and needing more surgery and a much longer recovery time. Gliders can fatally mutilate themselves in mere seconds.An ecollar or ejacket is to be used only until the glider is healed.

Some gliders do not need an ecollar or ejacket. If you can literally watch them 24/7 until they heal from a pom on, no stitches, no glue neuter, you may be able to avoid using an ecollar or ejacket. When in doubt....use an ecollar or ejacket!

IMPORTANT: Learn how to put the ecollar or ejacket on your glider BEFORE you need it! Watch your glider for about 15-20 minutes, to make sure they cannot get it off. The stress they go thru for those few minutes, is worth knowing how to put on an ecollar or ejacket and be assured they cannot get it off and self-mutilate. 

3. Glider to be neutered.

Ejacket

An option to using an ecollar, and what I prefer, is an ejacket, made by Denise (minkasmom). It's  much less stressful to them, makes it easier for them to eat, drink and play on their own. 

 

Back of ejacket. This is a glider right after his neuter, before he woke up. Notice how neck straps are crisscrossed and secured in back.

Front of jacket, after he started waking up. Notice, neck straps were twisted before securing on sides of neck, to be snug enough to prevent getting out of the ejacket.

Ejackets can be ordered for a very reasonable price from Denise (minkasmom). If needed, she can overnight one to you.

1. To put on the glider, place body of glider over ejacket (straps under the glider's head) pressing the velcro on the body of the ejacket together. 

2. Cross the left strap over the right side of the gliders' neck, then do the same with the other strap. You may need to twist the neck straps to make them snug enough to keep the glider from getting loose. Press gently to make the velcro stick.

3. You can use a small piece of duct tape over the strap ends and where the ejacket wraps around the body, to keep the glider from rubbing against something to undo the ejacket. You can also tuck the ends of the straps, under the body of the ejacket, to secure them.

4. Watch closely for 15-20 minutes to make sure they glider can't get loose. When you put the glider in the cage, make sure any toys in there, have holes big enough to accommodate the glider wearing the ejacket. Check frequently, to make sure the glider doesn't get out of the ejacket.

 

In the event it isn't possible to receive an ejacket overnight (weekends and holidays) you can make a temporary ejacket. Here are instructions for making a McGuyver vet wrap  ejacket.

 

Supplies: Butter bowl lid, scissors, 4" duct tape, tape measure.

TSC has several colors and patterns of vet wrap to choose from, at very reasonable prices. You can also find it at Walmart in the pharmacy section and you can get it from your vet. Because vet wrap isn't washable like Denise's regular ejackets and gets dirty unbelievably fast, it has to be replaced every day. It also loses it's ability to stick to itself after 24 hours. Still, until you can get an ejacket from Denise (minkasmom), it's great for a McGuyver fix!

It's very simple to make one. To help you, I made one and took pictures of each step.

FIRMLY press the pieces together at each step of folding! Because vet wrap is stretchy, if it isn't compressed at each step of folding, it will constrict the glider too much when you use it.

Measure around the chest of your glider. You'll need that measurement to determine how much vet wrap to use.

Unroll 4" vet wrap, to 5 times the length of the chest measurement. Unroll 3 times the length of the chest measurement, for the straps. It may end up being longer than needed. This is OK, because you can always cut off the extra if necessary.
(Extra small ejacket from Denise (
minkasmom) between pieces to show size of finished product.)

Fold the longer piece into thirds.Place a plastic tab cut (and edges smoothed) from butter bowl lid. The plastic tab is about 1/3 the width of the McGuyver vet wrap ejacket.

Cut the smaller piece in half and fold each half into thirds, to make the straps.

Place the straps onto the third of the body of the McGuyver vet wrap ejacket that has the plastic tab in it, then fold that piece up over the straps.


Finished product...
Back

 Front



1. To put on the glider, place body of glider over the McGuyver vet wrap ejacket body (straps under the glider's head) pressing ends together.

NOTE: It doesn't take much pressure to get the vet wrap to stick to itself.

2. Cross the right strap over the left side of the gliders' neck, then do the other strap. Press gently to make it stick..Because the vet wrap sticks to itself, DO NOT twist the neck straps as you may need to with Denise's ejacket.

3. You can use a small piece of duct tape over the strap ends and where the McGuyver vet wrap ejacket wraps over the body, to keep the glider from rubbing against something to undo the McGuyver vet wrap ejacket. You can also tuck the ends of the straps, under the body of the McGuyver vet wrap ejacket, to secure them.

4. Watch closely for 15-20 minutes to make sure they glider can't get loose. When you put the glider in the cage, make sure any toys in there, have holes big enough to accommodate the glider wearing the McGuyver vet wrap ejacket. Check frequently, to make sure the glider doesn't get out of the McGuyver vet wrap ejacket.

 

 

Glider in McGuyver vet wrap ejacket.





Again, this is just a temporary measure until you can get a regular ejacket from Denise (minkasmom). She will happily overnight an ejacket to you, to fit your specific glider's size. A McGuyver ejacket should not be used longer than 24 hours, as it will stop sticking to itself.

Ecollar

An ecollar prevents gliders from further injuring themselves.To purchase one, you can go to the TGI web site. You can order both the satellite and the shot glass styles.

This is what a glider looks like in an ecollar.

You have to hand feed veggies, fruits, and  treats to your glider as long as he is in an ecollar. 

Use one of these silo bird feeder  to feed him his staple diet (HPW/BML). He should still be able to drink from a water bottle.

Being anesthetized

Neuter pictures

Pom on neuter, scalpel (Glider was healed enough to be back in cage with family that night)

 

Pom

                                                                     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Numbing spermatic cord

Giving fluids, antibiotic and pain meds

Pom incision                                                        

Testicle

Oxygen after surgery to help wake him up

 

 

Pom off neuter, scalpel  (Two weeks to heal)

 

Numbing spermatic cord

Beginning pom removal

Finishing pom removal

Pom removed

Three stitches

Glue over stitches

 Pom off neuter, laser  (Glider was healed enough to be back in cage with family six hours after surgery)

Opening made by laser

 

Pom after laser neuter

 

Pom, six hours after neuter

 

Pom, 18 hrs after neuter

 


 

 

 

Laser neuter videos

Fighting an ecollar and an ejacket

 

Here are videos of a glider fighting to get out of an ecollar. This can be a hard time for any owner. But know that it is for your glider's health and safety to keep the ecollar ON until he is healed COMPLETELY. If the ecollar is removed too soon, you risk him attacking his neuter site and causing extensive and/or fatal damage. After he heals and you're ready to remove the ecollar,don't take your eyes off of him, until you are sure he isn't going to bother his neuter site.

Glider fighting an ecollar

Glider fighting an ecollar 2


Here is a video of a glider fighting an ejacket, right after waking up from neutering. Again, it can be heartbreaking to watch your glider do this, but it is necessary. Remember, it is for your glider's health and safety to keep the ecollar ON until he is healed COMPLETELY. If the ecollar is removed too soon, you risk him attacking his neuter site and causing extensive and/or fatal damage. After he heals and you're ready to remove the ecollar,don't take your eyes off of him, until you are sure he isn't going to bother his neuter site.

 Fighting an ejacket

 

Grooming is ok. Over grooming or chewing is NOT ok. Here is a video of a glider grooming after a neuter. This type of grooming is ok. He merely wanted to be clean and free of the unfamiliar smells.

Good type of grooming after neuter

What to leave the vet's office with

Pain medicine.

Care instruction sheet.

Your glider. They do not need to stay overnight at the vet. It is significantly less stressful to take them home with you.