A 1.5-year-old sexually intact male sugar glider (Petaurus breviceps) underwent an emergency evaluation at the Kansas State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital because of decreased activity, tenesmus, and possible seizure-like activity. The sugar glider became increasingly lethargic and developed emesis, voided red-brown urine, and died within hours after arrival at the hospital. The body was submitted to the Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory for necropsy.
Clinical and Gross Findings
No clinicopathologic tests were performed prior to the death. At necropsy, the sugar glider weighed 85 g (0.19 lb) and was in fair body condition with mild postmortem autolysis.
A 5-year-old Quarter Horse mare was examined at our university veterinary teaching hospital in March because of a suspected uterine prolapse of 24-hours' duration. The mare had been bred the preceding April and was confirmed pregnant on the basis of results of transrectal palpation and ultrasonography 15 days after ovulation. No other pregnancy evaluations were performed, and there was no history of an abortion or parturition.
Initial examination at the time of admission revealed that the mare was bright, alert, and responsive. Although the rectal temperature was slightly increased (38.5°C [101.3°F]), results for the remainder of the vital indices