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Old 08-31-2010, 08:21 PM
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Degu not drinking...

Hi everyone,
A few days ago, I adopted two 2 year old degu males. One is very active, is eating and drinking. The other, however, is much heavier, far more reluctant to run in the wheel, eats and chews on wood but I have yet to see him drink ANY water. I have tried a bottle, and a container, tap and bottled water and I still haven't seen him take a sip.

Should I be concerned? His teeth seem normal (orange) but he chews and eats like crazy, and also does this weird thing where he looks like he's stretching his jaw once and a while...

Thank you all for your help! These are my first degus and I am uncertain as to what is normal and what I should worry about...
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Old 08-31-2010, 08:50 PM
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Both degus should definitely be drinking. Can you briefly isolate the degu to tell for sure? If he really isn't drinking, I'd offer him vegetables and water with a syringe. Then seek vet care.

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