During a conversation with Dr. Walsh today, he reminded me that I have not posted about Apollo.
Apollo's anal gland issues began before he came to me. He had experienced two impactions prior and had had his anal glands expressed each time. Apollo also had health issues related to a separate issue (excessive scar tissue build up).
Apollo was brought to the SGGA in Tulsa several years ago. During the event, he began to experience issues again. So, he was taken to Dr. Walsh for an emergency visit. Dr. Walsh explained to us that a sugar glider's anal glands should never be expressed because the cloaca is a multi-purpose opening and expressing the glands into the cloaca has been known to cause infection to travel up the cloaca to other organs, resulting in widespread infection.
He said that he could aspirate the glands (with a needle) and prescribe antibiotics or he could remove the glands. After discussing the options and the prognosis with each, Apollo's owner agreed to have the glands removed.
It was a quick and simple surgery and Apollo did well. He was immediately put on antibiotics and on a modified diet to keep the stool soft to make it easier to pass. The decision was made that Apollo would stay with me and continue his care with Dr. Walsh. Apollo stayed in a cut down (very small) e-collar for 7 days, with time out of the collar each day. He healed well and began to thrive. No complications were noted related to the anal gland removal.
Approx. two months after his surgery, Apollo began to have difficulty related to the scar tissue build up. Unfortunately, he did not survive. His necropsy showed that his death was not related to the anal gland removal months before.
Here are a few photos of Apollo in the weeks after his surgery:
His bum 3 days after surgery:
getting a treat:
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