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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-26-2012, 05:54 PM Thread Starter
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Degu has died- What now?

My degu fell ill 2 nights ago, i noticed he stopped running around the cage as much and was far less hyper than usual and was just lying about- and my other degu seemed to notice this and wouldnt leave his side. Unfortunately he has just died within the past 30minutes when i went to check on them before i went to bed. He was only about 6 months old and seemed to be fine previously quite shy around humans but very playful with his brother. during today and yesterday i was hand feeding him his favorite foods and even had to squeeze the water bottle for him because he seemed to weak to drink by himself. im not really sure why he died, he was well fed, always had fresh water in a steady climate and a clean environment. I'm concerned about the other degu now, they were very close and i dont want him to get lonely but i was previously advised not to introduce new degu's to old ones by a Pets-at-home expert as i wanted to buy some more. Should i just see how he goes?
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I'm sorry for your loss .

Was he ever taken to the vet? And was the current degu taken to the vet in case it's contagious? If not, do that asap.

Pet store degus aren't always the healthiest so if possible, purchase future degus from a breeder or adopt adults known to be healthy from a rescue.

What do you feed your degus?

You can (and should) introduce a new degu but only if the current one gets a clean bill of health. A baby will be easiest to introduce and there are a ton of great threads on here with peoples' experiences introducing degus .




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i'm sorry for you loss

I'm sorry for your loss
i am also in the same situation one of my degus passed away recently he wasn't ill he died from being killed(i won't go into details).
But i arn't sure what to do ive been told by some people i should get a new degu and the other would be fine but i asked someone at a pet shop and they said i should not.
i think i will be getting a new one within this month i would reccomend "degutopia.com" it has some very good tips.
(i'm so sorry for your loss.)

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-25-2012, 03:40 AM
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I feel your pain, my Degu boy Edgar of 2 years got a URI and died just last week. It was devestating, he was very bonded to me and i loved the little guy. His young companion Mori was pretty restless afterwards it was hard to handle, i ended up giving him to someone who was searching for a companion for her goo.

You should definitely get a companion if you plan to keep your goo, but make sure to take your current one to the vet first to make sure he is not also sick. When i had Edgar all alone, i got Mori and introduced them and he was certainly much happier at having a companion. You just need to take things slow, especially with two boys that will fight for dominance. How i introduced mine was keeping them in separate cages that were next to each other for a week. Right away they were curious and after a week of sniffing through cages i let them say hello in a scent-neutral area (for me, the bathtub) they sniffed and warbled for a few minutes then, i separated them. These short meetings went on for another week, and gradually got a little longer. After two weeks i let them have a 'sleep over' in Edgar's cage which i had cleaned to get rid of his scent and they did just fine, they even snuggled on that very first night. I kept letting them have sleepovers, and their own space during the day, and after three weeks i permanently housed them together which seemed just fine for them. I think what really helped was that Mori was a baby when i got him (5 weeks old) so Edgar knew he had to be gentle and the two became quick buddies.

I'm sorry for your loss, hang in there and do whatever feels right. For me, i decided to give up Mori because he wasn't bonded to me at all like Edgar, in fact i'm sure he will never notice i'm gone lol he just had his own agenda. I just was so busy i hardly have any time to give him the attention he needs. The people i gave him to seemed knowledgeable of goos and their special needs they love their other one a lot so i hope i did the right thing.
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