Urine Scald in Gerbils
Urine scald can happen to many animals and especially pocket pets that live in bedding, straw or hay. Keeping the cage clean routinely or picking out the super wet spots ca help keep your gerbil free of urine scald. Urine scald occurs when gerbils are left to sit in their own wet bedding for long periods of time. Their bodies tend to soak up the wet or the urine, which can cause irritation, inflammation, and even burns on the underside and private areas of your gerbil. If this happens, call your vet. He will most likely prescribe a topical cream to soothe the skin and relieve pain. It’s recommended that a gerbil’s cage be cleaned at least once a week or more often if you have multiple gerbils. If your gerbil develops urine scald please calls your veterinary clinic Pickerington, OH for advice on treatment or to schedule a checkup.