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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-19-2009, 12:21 PM Thread Starter
 
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Ill gerbil please help!

One of my female gerbils (18months old) started licking my hands on Sat eve, I didn't think much of it. Then yesterday (sun) I noticed shet was licking the side of her tank and also the bars. She was still doing this today but she also looked like she was half asleep. I know she has been eating and drinking something over the last few days but it may not be very much. I gave her a check over and I cannot see any physical signs expect that she may have lost a little weight. She is rather lathargic. I have offered her some baby porridge which she had a little of but she still continues to lick my fingers constantly. Her sister seems fine, so is the room temperature and the water bottle is working fine.
I think I will take her to the vet tomorrow if there hasn't been any improvement but I wanted to ask on here if anyone had seen this before and had any ideas about what might be causing it as I'm one very worried Mummy?!
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-19-2009, 02:23 PM
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I would suggest a visit to the vet.

The continuous licking is strange... possibly a mental issue?





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Thats very odd! A vet visit would definatly be a good idea.
Ive never really heard of that... But for some reason I thought vitamin deficancy (sp?). Like, you know how some people do odd things- like eating metal of example- because they dont have enough of certain vitamins? Hands are salty, and and cage bars are metal and that has iron in it. Just a thought.
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Thats very odd! A vet visit would definatly be a good idea.
Ive never really heard of that... But for some reason I thought vitamin deficancy (sp?). Like, you know how some people do odd things- like eating metal of example- because they dont have enough of certain vitamins? Hands are salty, and and cage bars are metal and that has iron in it. Just a thought.
I hope she gets better.

Great idea!! I didn't think of that.


Do gerbils need those salt/mineral stones??? If so maybe get one.





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Great idea!! I didn't think of that.


Do gerbils need those salt/mineral stones??? If so maybe get one.
None of my gerbils have never had one, and they're fine

If the gerbils lick the tank I hear its a sign they're thirsty. Do you ever see your gerbil drink?

If you see your gerbil licking the glass walls of the tank, he is thirsty. A gerbil will lick a smooth surface, such as the glass walls, to try to find moisture if he can't get water from his water bottle. If you see your gerbil licking the walls, make sure that the water bottle isn't empty. You should also tap the end of the water bottle a few times to make sure that the water is flowing freely and that the bottle isn't stopped up.

http://www.twinsqueaks.com/tips-archive/tip090106.html
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Thanks for your replies guys. I took Diamond to the vet today and she said it was either a respritory infection or a stomach growth. She gave us some antibiotics and if they work then it's the infection and if they don't then it's the cancer and there's nothing else they can do. Here's hoping it's the infection!
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Thanks for your replies guys. I took Diamond to the vet today and she said it was either a respritory infection or a stomach growth. She gave us some antibiotics and if they work then it's the infection and if they don't then it's the cancer and there's nothing else they can do. Here's hoping it's the infection!
Ooo! Good luck with your gerbil! Let's hope it's just an infection
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my baby gerbils did that, all he wanted was water so put water dropplets and my finger and made him follow my finger to the water bottle a couple of times and he was fine, my gerbils was exactly the same at yours.

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Awww, I hope its only an infection! Good luck with it

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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-06-2009, 04:12 AM
 
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Licking the glass is a sign of gerbils being thirsty.
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