Hi stranger! Signing up for MypetMD is easy, free and puts the most relevant content at your fingertips.

Get Instant Access To

  • 24/7 alerts for pet-related recalls

  • Your own library of articles, blogs, and favorite pet names

  • Tools designed to keep your pets happy and healthy


or Connect with Facebook

By joining petMD, you agree to the Privacy Policy.

Broken and Fractured Bones in Gerbils

Fractured Bones in Gerbils

 

Fractured or broken bones are commonly encountered in gerbils, occurring mainly as the result of accidental falls from a high location. Fractures may also occur due to some types of nutritional disorders such as calcium phosphorus imbalances, wherein the bone becomes brittle and easily prone to breakage. Fortunately, fractures heal fairly easily in gerbils; they only require proper restraint and adequate rest.

 

Symptoms and Types

 

In addition to exhibiting severe pain and refusing to move -- on account of the pressure and pain when attempting to manipulate the bone -- the gerbil may display the following symptoms:

 

  • Swelling in or around the fractured area
  • Crackling or popping sound from the fractured area (due to rubbing between the broken ends of the bone)
  • An open wound through which the broken end of the bone has pierced out (very rare)

 

Causes

 

Typically, bone fractures in gerbils occur due to accidents such as improper handling and trapped legs, often in the cage's wire mesh or exercise wheel. However, some nutritional disorders like calcium and phosphorus imbalances may also make the bone more brittle and prone to fractures.

 

Diagnosis

 

The clinical signs observed will help your veterinarian in making a diagnosis. Occasionally, the veterinarian will take an X-ray of the affected area to confirm his or her suspicions.

 

Comments  0

Leave Comment

Related Articles

Bone Fractures in Chinchillas
Much like in humans, chinchillas can fracture (or break) bones. Luckily, chinchillas...
READ MORE
Calcium-Phosphorus Imbalance in Chinchillas
Calcium and phosphorus are essential minerals for chinchillas. An imbalance in the...
READ MORE
  • Lifetime Credits:
  • Today's Credits:
Hurry Before All Seats are Taken!
Enroll
Be an A++ Pet Parent! Take fun & free courses to earn badges & certifications. Choose a course»

PETMD POLL

What do you use to prevent ticks from feeding on your pet?

Around the Web


MORE FROM PETMD.COM