Question by  SARAAN (46)

My gerbil is ill. Can you tell me bout gerbil health?


Answer by  sanityrose (2664)

Recognizing your gerbil's symptoms can identify common health issues. Scratching with sores is from parasites. Loss of appetite and mouth digging indicates broken teeth. Bleeding and discharge from the nose indicates allergies. Loss of balance occurs from ear infections (add refusal to eat and they may have a broken limb).


Answer by  Mumma (483)

There is not enough space here to "tell you about gerbil health". If you suspect that your pet is ill please take him or her to a qualified exotics (not ordinary) vet, who will do a thorough exam and can tell you what you need to know about gerbil health.


Answer by  mammakat (11147)

Without knowing the symptoms, I can't tell you anything. There are great books and websites out there, as well as your vet. Look into feed, bedding, etc.


Answer by  champaign9497 (11977)

The best thing for you to do is to contact your vet those little animals can pass away very quickly and it really doesn't take much.


Answer by  EmergencyVet (31)

Gerbils mask signs of illness until it is fairly advanced. This is because if they show weakness they will be seen as easy prey. Most likely if your gerbil is showing signs of illness it is much more advanced than you realize and should be taken to a veterinarian right away.


Answer by  Mark51 (37)

You should try and determine the source of the illness. If it is brought on by diet, try changing your gerbil's food. Make sure your gerbil also has plenty of access to clean fresh water. If the condition persists or worsens you could try taking your gerbil to a vet for diagnosis.


Answer by  shijo (861)

Gerbils are generally very healthy robust little creatures who never have a day's illness in their lives. Some Gerbils are prone to fits.

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