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Signs A Gerbil Is Sick

These signs will help indicate if your gerbil needs medical attention.

By Jessica Cordia
Posted: March 31, 2008, 5 a.m. EDT

Maintaining your gerbil’s health is crucial. When gerbil illness strikes, you need to take immediate action by calling your veterinarian. Gerald Barker, DVM, Copeland Veterinary Hospital, Cookeville, Tenn., lists signs that indicate illness in your pet gerbil.

Signs indicating gerbil illness:

  • Not eating, drinking, or playing
  • Diarrhea or wetness around bottom
  • Fur loss around nose and eyes
  • Skin problems, especially around belly
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Discharge from nose
  • Ungroomed appearance
  • Lameness
  • Lethargy

Signs indicating a healthy gerbil:

  • Gregarious attitude
  • Good appetite
  • Alert
  • Playful
  • Likes being held
  • Aware of environment

If you notice any signs indicating gerbil illness, or if you pet gerbil is not exhibiting healthy behaviors, call your veterinarian immediately.

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My gerbel keeps chewing his foot and has a scaby thing on his belly I'm worried and I don't know what to do?
Dravyn, souix falls, SD
Posted: 2/26/2015 6:04:31 PM
my girbils is acting drunk and his eyes are closed 247 also he will not drink much please help him very scared for him
sarah, wixom, MI
Posted: 3/12/2013 2:28:04 PM
My gerbil Tom is dying and I am hope he is happy in heaven x RIP x
His room mate Jerry is so sad now I don't know what to do

Do any of u know what to do ?
kira, Manchester, NY
Posted: 2/2/2013 1:21:06 PM
my girble is fine then sits all hunched up then zonezs out then is totaly fine
is that normal?
what is it?
zoon, lanct
Posted: 1/21/2013 6:54:59 AM
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