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Sugar Bear Medical Reference Guide


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.


Cornell University Animal Science Department 

Signs and Symptoms

• Decreased appetite
• Jaundice (yellowing of the membranes or skin)
• Anemia
• Sleeping and disinterested in playing
• Diarrhea and other Gastrointestinal abnormalities


• 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

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™


USDA Nutrient Database: Find out calcium/phosphorous ratios

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
• Stress
• 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 oil.
• Consult your veterinarian as quickly as possible

Contact Dermatitis (Humans)

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 allergies
• 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.


• Medline Plus Medical Encyclopedia: Contact Dermatitis
• 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 thorough washing
• File your sugar bear’s nails with EZ-TRIM™ Nail Trimming Insert
• Apply anti-bacterial and anti-itch Cream to the affected area, being careful not to overmedicate

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