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Poster:benicek
Date:2016-10-06 12:38
Subject:Amanda
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Amanda the gerbil

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Poster:benicek
Date:2016-06-01 15:30
Subject:Tiny
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Tiny

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Poster:benicek
Date:2016-05-30 10:55
Subject:Tiny
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Tiny

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Poster:benicek
Date:2016-05-29 18:49
Subject:Amanda and Tiny
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Amanda and Tiny

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Poster:benicek
Date:2016-05-16 09:08
Subject:Amanda and Tiny
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Gerbils

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Poster:benicek
Date:2016-04-11 18:09
Subject:Amanda, this morning.
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Untitled

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Poster:benicek
Date:2016-04-06 11:09
Subject:Grey in jar
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Grey gerbil

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Poster:benicek
Date:2016-04-06 11:07
Subject:Grey
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Gerbil

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Poster:benicek
Date:2016-04-05 14:25
Subject:Amanda
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Gerbils

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Poster:witherwings
Date:2013-05-07 20:58
Subject:How long should I keep my boys apart after surgery?
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Mood: worried

Hi all!

We have a pair of gerbils - Carrot and Sam who are brothers, 2 years 3 months, and have never properly fought in all the time we've had them.  As all gerbils do they do occasionally box.  We discovered a tumour on Sam's scent gland on Friday, and the tumour (and his whole scent gland) was removed this morning with good margins.

Thankfully he came through the anaesthetic fine and came home this afternoon, a little stoned but otherwise himself.

The veterinary nurse who handed him back to us said we should keep Sam apart from Carrot for 5 to 7 days in case Carrot should tear open the wound on Sam's tummy.

We sort of ignored that and gave them five minutes together supervised this evening in the small tank that Sam's in for easy access, and they both perked up considerably.  Before this, Carrot especially had been roaming around looking frankly miserable.

I'm very uncomfortable with the idea of leaving them parted for 5 to 7 days.  TBH I'm pretty uncomfortable with leaving them parted even for a full day.

So my question to those with more experience of these matters than I do is this:
How long should I keep the little dudes apart from each other after the surgery? Was the veterinary nurse correct in saying there should be a 5-7 day gap?

Thanks in advance for any advice you can give me.

Gerbils
Picture of the dudes in happier times. Carrot is the lighter gerbil on top, Sam is the darker gerbil underneath

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Poster:huskyteer
Date:2012-12-03 12:34
Subject:RIP
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Mood: sad

Yesterday I came home to find my elderly, cantankerous gerbil, Point, had quietly died. He was in his bed, looking utterly comfortable - a textbook 'went to sleep and didn't wake up' if ever I saw one.

It wasn't unexpected; he had been gradually winding down for some time. A few weeks ago he decided that he could no longer be bothered to eat anything that wasn't a pumpkin seed or other treat, and consequently became thin and wobbly. As he seemed perfectly happy pottering around his cage, I decided that if this was how he wanted to go, it was probably best to let him get on with it. Last week he even stopped bothering to gnaw toilet roll tubes, though he remained otherwise alert and engaged, and I figured it wouldn't be long.

I got Point and his brother Click in September 2009, from RSPCA Medway. The small-animal lady there said they were a year old; I'd have put them at slightly younger, as they were still quite jumpy. Either way, Point was at least three and a half, probably more like four, which is an impressive score for a derb (Click went more than a year ago).

Point was a constant source of amusement and conversation, he was a small helpless being for me to look after, and when I moved this year he helped make the new flat feel like home. I miss him loads already.

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Poster:violet_foxx
Date:2012-07-10 21:36
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My two siamese gerbils have had their first litter on July 1st. A small one, but that's okay. :)

One looks like it'll be solid white, red eyes, and male. The other looks like it might be siamese, ruby eyed, and female.

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Poster:river_pup
Date:2012-03-24 16:07
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A few weeks ago I noticed one of my gerbils belly's was awfully oily/greasy. I figured he might have just overrused his scent gland or something, and didn't think much of it because his poop, appetite, and activity levels are all normal/the same as usual. But it's just getting worse. That's the only sympthom, an oily looking yellow-stained belly! He "feels" almost crunchy, likes it's dried like that. Does anyone have any idea what this could be, or seen it before? I'm stumped.

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Poster:violet_foxx
Date:2012-02-15 11:11
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Does anybody else have any gerbils that don't run on their wheel? Mine refuse to go near the thing. I find it a bit strange as all my past gerbils loved their wheel..

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Poster:violet_foxx
Date:2012-01-30 12:22
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Made a trip to a neighboring town and brought home two babies. :)

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Poster:river_pup
Date:2011-11-15 21:30
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Ugh, all my female pairs are declanning!! How do people keep females together long term?! I never have any luck! :( SO glad I didn't try one big cage with 6 females...

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Poster:river_pup
Date:2011-09-26 21:15
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I lost my Daisy today.

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Poster:river_pup
Date:2011-08-13 17:43
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Good news! So far, Twitch seems to looooove lil baby Flynn! So they're in a 10 gallon "getting to know one another." :) Lots of grooming has been had, so I have high hopes! I'm so glad, I hate having lonely boy gerbs!

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Poster:river_pup
Date:2011-08-13 14:11
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So Finley and Finnegan didn't like little Flynn at all, so until he's about 8 weeks old he's going to live with his sisters. I thought I'd share a photo of how I'm organizing their cages, just for fun :)
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Poster:vincitrice
Date:2011-08-13 09:01
Subject:Goodbye Daphne
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You can't believe how much I muss you already!

Daphne 12.08.2011
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