I would like to take a moment or so to talk about a topic that none of us like to think about. No matter how much we wish our beloved furry family members could live forever, they actually generally have a very short life-span. Too short and it is not fair to any of us. However, I do believe that the amount of love and comfort and joy and life that they bring to our lives more than makes up for the heartache and pain when we lose them.
One of the greatest ways we have to honor our sugar gliders' lives is to have a necropsy and histopathology done when they pass away. The SUGAR Group knows how important these tests are to help us all learn more about these precious creatures who have stolen our hearts. The SUGAR Group's primary goal is to help sugar gliders everywhere to live longer, healthier and happier lives. One of the ways we have to increase our knowledge is by asking glider owners everywhere to participate in our surveys and studies at www.sugargroup.org. We also ask that you have a necropsy and histopathology done when your glider dies. If you have it done by your own vet or locally, we ask that you send in the results along with a completed Necropsy survey found here: http://www.sugargroup.org/Current-Surveys.html. If you do choose to send your sugar glider to The SUGAR Group in order for our lab to perform the testing, you have some different options available here: http://www.sugargroup.org/Necropsy-Effort---Price-list.html
CURRENT PRICE LIST
for services provided by the SUGAR Group
(this does NOT include your shipping costs)
Necropsy and Histopathology - $65
Histological testing of tissues only - $50
Necropsy, Histopathology and cremation (ashes returned to you) - $90
Necropsy, Histopathology, cremation and a square on the memorial quilt - $105
*prices current as of 01/05/14
If you choose to send your glider to The SUGAR Group for the necropsy, instructions can be found here: http://www.sugargroup.org/Necropsy-Shipping-Instructions.html
The Memorial quilts are another wonderful way to honor your glider who has passed. You may also purchase squares on the quilts to honor the glider of a friend or family member. It is a beautiful gift that you can give to anyone who has lost a sugar glider. You do not have to have a necropsy done in order to purchase a square on the quilt. The cost is $20.00. http://www.sugargroup.org/Memorial-Quilts.html
I have sent 4 of my sugar gliders to The SUGAR Group for necropsies in the last 2 years. My Nynaeve has her name and date of passing on the 2012 Memorial Quilt and I can't explain how it felt to see that beautiful quilt and to see Nynaeve's name. It was a bittersweet moment that I will treasure forever. I have had 3 gliders pass in the last 4 months and I am so thankful that I sent them in for necropsies and am also very grateful that the cremation option is now available as I will be getting those 3 precious sweethearts back in a lovely drawstring bag. I don't have the words to explain how important it was for me to have those necropsies done. Besides looking for some closure and peace of mind, I knew I was helping a tremendously important cause. Out of the 4 necropsies, one came back inconclusive. I wish I knew what happened to Poppy, but I do not regret having it done. Even if you do not find out exactly how or why your glider passed, the survey and tests ARE helping all gliders in the long run. The more information we have, the more we can learn and develop ways to help sugar gliders live longer, healthier, and happier lives. I can't think of any reason not to participate in this research and even if it takes years to make a great impact on their lives, it is all worth it. I truly feel that this is the most important thing you can do for your gliders and for all gliders.