Safe Baths For Sugar Gliders

Is baby shampoo safe for sugar gliders, and do they even need baths?

Healthy sugar gliders like this one should never need to be bathed. kamui29/iStock/Thinkstock
Healthy sugar gliders like this one should never need to be bathed. kamui29/iStock/Thinkstock

By Karen Rosenthal, DVM, MS

Q.

I want to wash my sugar glider. Can I use baby wash? I don’t have any dry shampoo for him.

A.

I would definitely suggest you do not use a human shampoo product on a pet, especially a sugar glider. It will be impossible to know how his skin will react to the ingredients in the shampoo until it is too late and you have already put the product on him. By using products specifically designed for our pets by companies that are familiar with the special needs of animals, you can be better assured that the ingredients are safe to use.

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Now I have a question for you. Why do you believe that your sugar glider needs a bath? Your sugar glider should stay clean enough without the need of a bath, whether it is a wet or dry shampoo. Sugar gliders are different from some of our other small mammal pets in that they do not do dust baths and should not need regular bathing by their owners.

Healthy sugar gliders groom themselves without the aid of shampoos. If your sugar glider is dirty or not grooming himself, that is a good indication that you should visit your veterinarian to find out why your glider is acting abnormally and is not cleaning himself.

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