Originally Posted by Amethystbelle
Steph (purplebunny) has had one her degu's neutered so i'm sure she will have lots of helpful advice for you
I did Kirsty, and hopefully I will have some useful info!
My male Jimmy was neutered when he was about 5 months old.. It really is a very difficult operation, according to most vets.. I had to take him away from the girls when he was a few weeks old, as they can start breeding from a young age.. Anyway he had the operation, it was a bit touch and go, the vet was worried about his size, being so little. He then had to be in a separate cage for 9 weeks or more, so that it gave the hormones etc time to wear off.. Towards the end he was getting a bit depressed, even though I gave him loads of cuddles and his cage was close to the girls.. So I put one of his sisters in with him, and he did something he should not have done.. He mated with his sister, and caused his manhood (sorry)to pop out of the body and it would not go back.. I took him to the vets who tried to help, but they could not get it back into place, so they sent me to another one that had a specialist vet. Jimmy was operated on almost immediately as they were concerned about what damage it could be doing.. It was touch and go and the vet didn't give it much hope, he was also concerned about his bowels and the fact he may not be able to go to toilet properly.. Jimmy survived the operation and came home the next day.. He was kept separate for a few more weeks and I monitored how much he was going to the toilet, and if I was worried at all to go back to the vets.. I took him back once a week, just so that the vet could check him over.. I am pleased to say that he made a full recovery, and after 5 weeks went back to live with his mum, aunt and sisters..
All I can recommend is for you to check with your vet if he is willing to do it, if not find a specialist exotic vet who can deal with little critters.. Ask them about any complications that may arise and prepare yourself for a huge vets bill if it turns out like ours did!
Good luck and keep us informed!