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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 03-21-2006, 09:08 PM Thread Starter
 
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Degu comatose?

It just lies there, mouth open, limp. It's heart is beating slowly.
It's gerbil friend bob just died, we think that might have something to do with it. It seems dead, it's just NOT.

Anyway, hardly any body heat, and it's been going on for a while.
She ate this morning, too.

Help would be great.
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Actually, this has/had been going on since 3:30-4. So that's about 4 hours. She's just holding on. But, it seems she's getting better. I posted this in the Urgent Pet Cares forum, but no one replied. I know the people here probably offer more support. She's my friend's degu, but we're all very close to her. She eats and drinks, and still goes crazy over those rodent lab chow blocks (don't they all). We blended vegetables, have water, and she's under a lamp because she was very cold. She's breathing nicely now, sleeping. She reacts to what we do but seems very sleepy. Before, she didn't. She also got up, moved her head, sat up, moved around and attempted to eat those rodent blocks. But we just blended them up with water. xD She loved that.

Does anyone have any opinions...?
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Please get her to a vet asap. They can help more then an online forum.




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Well I don't know about that now. She's running around, exploring, eating. She's basically well again. What can a vet do now? Tell us she's okay?
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It might be an underlying problem that could return. I'd take her in just to be sure and to calm my worries, but that's just me.
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Well I don't know about that now. She's running around, exploring, eating. She's basically well again. What can a vet do now? Tell us she's okay?
Well, personally, if it was my degu I'd at least call the vet to get their opinion. There was obviously something wrong.

Is she going to the bathroom? How is her breathing?




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Well, personally, if it was my degu I'd at least call the vet to get their opinion. There was obviously something wrong.

Is she going to the bathroom? How is her breathing?
Her breathing is perfectly fine. She's climbing on my keyboard now, sniffing my fingers, exploring, being mischievious. She's going to the bathroom, and it looks perfectly fine.
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Her breathing is perfectly fine. She's climbing on my keyboard now, sniffing my fingers, exploring, being mischievious. She's going to the bathroom, and it looks perfectly fine.
That's good. I'd still call the vet, though, to see if they have any idea of what happend.




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Yes, we'll contact one just to inquire about any possibilities.

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Yes, we'll contact one just to inquire about any possibilities.

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Ok, good .

I hope she's ok!




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She's so happy nowww. ^^ We went out and bought veggies.
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http://pics-84.hi5.com/userpics/184/...304184.img.jpg

This is how she looked shortly after she got up again.
We made sure she went back to sleep and slept a bit more to fully recover her energy. She slept for another while.

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That's just my brilliant picture.

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That's a picture my friend took of her contently munching broccoli.
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The symptoms you described were odd ones as they are normally exhibited in the last stages of a degu's life and i've never actually heard of it happening to a perfectly healthy degu before. My feeling is if they can become lonely and have the feelings of depression then why not grief as well so maybe the death of her friend caused the above state as there seems to be no other cause unless of course there is something else wrong. Sasami is right i would seek the advice of your vet to make sure there is no other underlying cause as degu's do hide pain very well and it is worthwhile getting her checked out to make sure she is 100% as maybe pain also could have made her exhibit there symptoms. Glad she is feeling better though

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She's perfectly healthy now. I have a feeling if I hadn't have forced my friend to bring the little bugger over, she would've passed on...
We're going out soon to find friends for her.
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How do you know she's perfectly healthy? Unless she had tests done and was checked over by a vet, you can't be sure. Even then, it's tricky to know 100% if she's okay.
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