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PostSubject: Anemia   Sat Sep 11, 2010 2:37 pm

Is there any info out there on what causes it, if it's common in sugar gliders and the symptoms?

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PostSubject: Re: Anemia   Sat Sep 11, 2010 8:54 pm

Kylah, I've not heard of it in gliders. Maybe they don't need as much iron as we do, being so small. I'm not sure. Good question.

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PostSubject: Re: Anemia   Tue Sep 14, 2010 3:42 pm

Anemia is a lack of healthy red blood cells. Red blood cells transport oxygen to your organs. Iron deficiency is only one cause of anemia, and too many people assume you are lacking iron when you are anemic. I want to mention that when you have a CBC at the doctor's, they DO NOT test for Iron. What they do test is your Hemoglobin, and if this is low they automatically assume you are iron deficient. I had to insist they test my son's iron, not just hand me a script for iron pills. Sure enough, he was not iron deficient.

Now, this is in humans, can't say if it goes for sugar gliders, as well.

I know this because I have a hereditary disease called Hemochromatosis. My body does not let go of iron. Iron is toxic in large doses, and there is no cure. I am also anemic. Obviously my anemia is not due to a lack of iron, but a lack of oxygen in the blood.

I have to follow a specific diet that is not fitting for my love of food!!!!
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PostSubject: Re: Anemia   Tue Sep 14, 2010 5:00 pm

I know about the human side of it...I worked in the lab and also had to do therapeutic phlebotomies on many people for blood disorders. I just meant info pertaining to sugar gliders specifically.

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PostSubject: Re: Anemia   Tue Sep 14, 2010 5:13 pm

Kylah, I read a report from the Association of Exotic Mammal Veteranarians that sounds like iron has been an issue, and that the diets they tested showed more than needed amounts.

Seeing that I'm new to Sugar Gliders, I don't know whether their studies are trusted.
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PostSubject: Re: Anemia   Tue Sep 14, 2010 5:46 pm

That's exactly what I was wanting to know about.

Do you happen to have the report or a link to it? I'd love to see it!

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PostSubject: Re: Anemia   Tue Sep 14, 2010 7:05 pm

www.sugar-gliders.com/Sugar-Glider-Diet-Study.pdf

I'm not really good at this. If this doesn't work, I will copy the pdf and e-mail that to you.

Never mind, I think this is affiliated with ASGV.org.

Please let me know...
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PostSubject: Re: Anemia   Wed Sep 15, 2010 9:58 am

It's a Suncoast link but for some reason, I'm not able to open it. :(

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PostSubject: Re: Anemia   Wed Sep 15, 2010 11:31 am

I copied the link and pasted it into the Google box, not the address line. Try that.
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