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Pocket Pets: Gerbils


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Title: Pocket Pets: Gerbils

Pocket Pets Gerbils
Health Concerns
  • Teeth
  • Misalignment of incisors due to injury or
    malnutrition may result in overgrowth, which can
    cause injury to the roof of the mouth.
  • Trauma
  • Common injuries are caused by gerbils being
    dropped or falling, usually while inside of an
    "exercise ball.

Health Concerns
  • Epilepsy
  • Between 20 percent and 50 percent of all pet
    gerbils have the seizure disorder epilepsy.7
    The seizures are caused by fright, handling, or a
    new environment.
  • Tumors
  • Both benign and malignant, are fairly common in
    pet gerbils, and are most common in females over
    the age of 2. Usually, the tumors involve the
    ovaries, causing an extended abdomen, or the skin

Health Concerns
  • Tail sloughing
  • Gerbils can lose their tails due to improper
    handling, being attacked by another animal, or
    getting their tail stuck.
  • Tyzzers disease
  • The most common infectious disease in gerbils is
    Tyzzer's Disease, which is often caused by either
    stress or bacteria. It quickly spreads between
    gerbils in close contact.

Health Concerns
  • Respiratory problems
  • Forgetting to clean a pet gerbil's cage for weeks
    can be a problem. Ammonia will build up, and
    gerbils may have trouble breathing.
  • Neglect
  • A common problem for all small rodents is
    neglect, which can cause the gerbils to not
    receive adequate food and water.

Other Areas to Study
  • Health Problems
  • Identification of breeds
  • Breeding and gestation
  • Animal rights and rescue work

  • www.agsgerbils.org/Gerbil_Care_Handbook/care.php
  • www.dogbreedinfo.com/pets/gerbil.htm
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