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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-03-2005, 12:23 AM Thread Starter
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Has anyone had a male degu neutered?

We have a male female pair of degus, because that's all I was able to find in our area. I've been debating whether or not to neuter the male. I don't mind if they breed, as long as I can find homes for all the little guys, but I"m not sure if that's going to be easy or not. If we have a litter and have trouble finding homes for the babies, I want to get him neutered before they breed again.

Just wondering if anyone here neutered a male and had a general idea of how much it cost.

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two of my males are neutered, but it was done by the rspca before we got them i'm afraid. i'm thinking of getting the other two done, and i'll let you know if i find out how much it is!
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I have only males so never needed to have them neutered so not going to be much help i'm afraid but i do know any surgery on an animal so small is very risky so its something you have to take into account when you weigh the pros and cons up. As you have a female then it is probably the best thing unless you can gaurentee good homes for the babies! Steph (purplebunny) has had one her degu's neutered so i'm sure she will have lots of helpful advice for you

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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!

Steph ~ Owned by 4 bunnies and 5 degus..


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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-04-2011, 11:32 AM
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we had 2 boys done at 6 month because we have 3 girls and a massive cage compared to the boys tiny one so wanted to put them all together.

We used vets for pets who are a massive chain of high qual people who did a great job but unfortunatlly one of the boys just wasnt strong enough and we think a blood clot got him. He was still really tired 5/6 hour after the op compared to his brother who was walking about. We put him in his nest box to keep him warm but we heared a few squeeks, checked on him and he had gone.

The other boy a week on, is fine. We had to take him back to the vet the day after the op as he still wasnt eating/drinking right so paid for another 24 hour shot of painkillers which did the job really well. His fur is growing back v quickly, and the vet has seen him for his post op check and recons hes healing very well but for us to make sure his wound doesnt get anymore red over the next week.

its indeed hit and miss when getting them done but we can not afford to get 3 girls preg with up to 12 pups a time thats for sure.

Price - £50 (classed as a rabbit) which included pre op check and 2 post op checks 3 and 7 days after. the extra pain killer was a 10ner.
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