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Gerbils... [Dec. 29th, 2002|11:25 pm]
The Love Bug
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I've got an appointment with the vet for Gizmo tomorrow morning.
We've noticed that his fur has been getting matted and he's been drinking a lot of water, however more than one person told us that as long as he appears alert and active that there's nothing to worry about.

But he's not coming out much, and just spends most of his time sleeping now.
I went to stroke him today, and he's just a bag of bones and not much else.

Hopefully the vet can shed some light on what is wrong with him, 'cos we're really worried about him now.

Ash seems to be perfectly healthy, and I'm wondering whether that could be something to do with it... i.e. Ash pushing Giz aside from the food, etc.. *shrug* I dunno.

I wish we'd done something about this sooner... it wasn't until I felt how boney he was that I realised how bad it is.
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From: all_in_a_blur
2002-12-29 03:42 pm (UTC)
Awwww poor thing...keep us posted on how he is tomorrow
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[User Picture]From: stainsteelrat
2002-12-29 04:42 pm (UTC)
Awwwwww, poor ole gerbil. Good luck at the vets!
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[User Picture]From: dottey
2002-12-29 06:33 pm (UTC)
I hope for the best for you guys. The symptoms you site were symptoms my sister's cat had... And he was then diagnosed with feline diabetes. I guess gerbils can have that too. I hope yours does not.
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[User Picture]From: bluelotus
2002-12-29 08:30 pm (UTC)
It is very hard to indroduce a new gerbil into the fold. No matter how lonely the former gerbil is.

If you introduced one at a later time, then one of the gerbils might be eating all the food, and being over-dominate. This tends to happen a lot, and is difficult to stop. If they are sisters, or *gasp* brothers - and I don't want to get into male gerbils - then I think you are wise to take the ill gerbil to the vets.

I hope the vet can give you more advice.

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[User Picture]From: thelovebug
2002-12-29 10:58 pm (UTC)
We introduced them some time ago using the split cage technique. The funny thing is that once we eventually put them together, Giz was by far the dominant gerbil and he made that perfectly clear to Ash. Maybe that's changed? I don't know.

We have noticed Ash having paddy fits and doing things like kicking wood shavings over the water tube so that Giz can't get to it. Ash is always the one who gets to the toilet roll tubes first, and is always there when the food comes out.

And yes, they're both males! :-P
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[User Picture]From: bluelotus
2002-12-29 11:43 pm (UTC)
I think you did all you could when introducing them, and that is wonderful. However, male gerbils can be odd creatures.

I think at the moment it is good that you are getting Giz to the vets.

If there is no medical issues for the poor thing, then he is having problems reaching his food. Perhaps, you could place half the amount of food for Ash, then feed Giz separately for a time to get up his weight. Obviously it is important that the two remain bonded in some way still, and recognise each others smell etc.

It is very hard to get males to bond sometimes, as gerbils are quite territorial, and I wish you luck. If the vet has no ideas - and sometimes they don't with small rodents - then perhaps you could contact your local breeder. I'm sure they would be willing to give you more advice. (they are pretty helpful I think)
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