This is a condition of the
liver (hepatic disease) created by the ingestion
of aflatoxins. These are metabolites produced by
fungi in or on foods and other feed sources that
are toxic. The most risk for such contamination
is with corn, peanuts, and cottonseed.
Aflatoxins can also cause cancer (carcinogenic
substances). A common way for a Sugar Bear to
become contaminated with aflatoxins is by eating
crickets who have been exposed to contaminated
corn, or by eating peanuts.
Eating corn, or peanuts that are contaminated,
or insects who have been eating feed
contaminated with aflatoxins.
• Do not allow your sugar bear to eat insects.
• Do not allow your sugar bear to eat peanuts.
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Signs and Symptoms
• Decreased appetite
• Jaundice (yellowing of the membranes or skin)
• Sleeping and disinterested in playing
• Diarrhea and other Gastrointestinal
• This is treatable if caught quickly.
• Contact your veterinarian immediately. You
must act fast, as once the symptoms are present,
it can kill in a matter of HOURS.
Calcium deficiency is a
common trait in sugar bears because most of
the foods they eat are naturally low in this
vitamin and the ratio to phosphorous creates an
even greater deficiency in the Sugar Bear.
This can lead to paralysis of the hind legs, and
is potentially fatal.
• Provide Glide-A-Mins™ every other day and be
sure they are eating them.
• An apple usually works as
an incentive to eat their vitamins, but if they
won’t then mix it in with their favorite flavor
of yogurt, or syrup from a can of peaches.
• Do anything it takes to get
them to eat their vitamins as it is a very
essential part of their health and well-being.
• Make sure they are getting a well-balanced
diet including Glide-R-Chow™ and Glide-A-Mins™
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Cat Food Complications
Eating cat food can cause
serious and even fatal problems in sugar
bears. The most common problems associated
with this habit are "Lumpy Jaw" and blocked
intestines. Excessive cat food consumption can
also contribute to calcium deficiency, liver
problems, and in some cases death.
NEVER feed your sugar bear cat food
Constipation is caused by the
elimination of hard, dry excretions of the
bowels. It can be painful, and in some cases
even impossible to eliminate during extreme
cases and create a serious condition.
• Low fiber in diet
• Not drinking enough liquids
• Certain medications
• Not enough exercise
• Gastrointestinal problems
• Poor diet
• Make sure your sugar bear gets a well-balanced
diet of Glide-R-Chow™ & Glide-A-Mins™
• Make sure your sugar bear always has fresh water
• Give your sugar bear plenty of toys to play with
and opportunity for exercise
• Watch to make sure stools are healthy
Signs and Symptoms
• Difficulty having a bowel movement as shown by
straining, or crying
• Infrequency of bowel movements
• Giving your sugar bear baby food prunes and orange
juice can help as a temporary measure until you
get veterinary assistance
• Give your sugar bear a small portion of mineral
• Consult your veterinarian as quickly as
This is one of the rare
occurrences you can contact a disease from your
sugar bear. It is rare and treatable. It is an
inflammation in the skin created by contact with
foreign substances. It is usually carried on the
paws of your sugar bear.
• Allergies and a hereditary tendency toward
• Varying degrees of severity in the same person
at different times
• The sugar bears paws are seen as allergens by the
skin and the immune response causes the
inflammation of the skin.
• Prolonged exposure can increase sensitivity,
and over time the condition can develop even
when not initially present.
• Wear clothing that covers the most amount of
skin when handling your sugar bear if you think you
have an allergy.
• Wash yourself often and especially after
handling your sugar bear.
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• Hendrick Health System Access Med Health
Information Library: Dermatitis
Signs and Symptoms
• A rash that is located only in the areas that
your sugar bear has come in contact with.
Itching of the skin in the infected areas.
• Swelling of the infected area
• Blisters or pimple-like rash where your
sugar bear’s paws have come in contact
• Warmth or tenderness in the affected areas
• Remove irritants with a
• File your sugar bear’s nails with EZ-TRIM™ Nail
• Apply anti-bacterial and anti-itch Cream to
the affected area, being careful not to