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Sugar glider had his back foot stuck in his hammock since

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Sugar glider had his back foot stuck in his hammock since last night and just found him tonight. Had to cut the hammock off of his foot but it looks like he either bit most of his foot off or it fell off from no blood circulation. There is no blood on him or much of a wound. Do I need to rush him to an emergency vet or just watch him for a few days? He is in good spirits and running/jumping around with our other gliders.
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
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Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you today. I do apologize that your question was not answered before. Different experts come online at various times; I just came online, read about your wee one’s situation, and wanted to help.

Again I do apologize that my colleagues could not aid you sooner, but I wanted to touch base with you about poor Squishy.

While I am glad to see that this isn't profusely bleeding, we do need to have him seen urgently. This won't have closed properly in either situation thus there is risk of internal tissues being exposed to the outside (the photo is a bit too blurry when enlarged to appreciate if we have bone exposed there) +/- bacterial contamination (which can get into the blood stream). Therefore, we would want to have him seen even if he says he is otherwise well (an all too common bluff of prey species until situations are advanced) for assessment. He will at least need antibiotic and SG safe pain relief but we may need to have this surgically amputated to ensure we get a closed stump that is free from risk of infection.

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Dr. B.


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