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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-11-2010, 06:26 PM Thread Starter
 
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Unhappy Sick gerbil

My 3 year old gerbil Lucy is exhibiting the following symptoms, sleeping alot, rapid breathing and it seams as though she is shivering. She has lived with a second gerbil Jude all of her life, could Lucy be ill? What are the chances that Jude may also become sick?
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-12-2010, 02:26 AM
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Well, gerbils life spans are 2-4 years, so I think he might just be aging. When my previous gerbils were 3 or 4 they started slowing down aswell. Is there weight loss?

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post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-12-2010, 10:36 AM
 
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Is she making any noises?
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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-12-2010, 02:31 PM Thread Starter
 
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She has lost weight, and she is not making any noises. She never really made any noises. Jude is the one who cries all the time and Lucy bosses her around, but Lucy has not been as bossy as usual.
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post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-13-2010, 04:34 AM
 
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Rapid breathing could indicate a respiratory infection, either way i think your gerbil needs to see a vet.
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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-24-2010, 07:49 PM Thread Starter
 
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Lucy died today in my dads hands. We got another gerbil so jude wouldnt be lonely. she looks just like Lucy. We named her Nutmeg, they see to be getting along. I just hope nothing happens over night.
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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-27-2010, 06:11 AM
 
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I'm sorry to hear that she died

You should quarentine any new gerbil for a couple of weeks before introducing them to an existing gerbil.
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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-18-2010, 06:47 AM
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Feel sorry for Lucy, do take proper care of gerbil pls check Chemist Direct for any medications required you can get them from the comfort of your home.
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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-22-2010, 04:54 AM
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Sorry to hear about your gerbil i hope jude is happy with nutmeg good luck with them.
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