Help! Starving degu won't take syringe!
I have 2 5 year old brothers. Due to lack of experience I spoiled them very early on. Duster is fine, eating, chewing, running. Dugas is not. A few months ago he stopped chewing and developed dental issues, which led to respiratory problems. I took him to an exotic animals vet that gave me anti-biotics and when they failed to work recommended euthanasia. I am reluctant to do this as I do not plan on owning more degus. I am out of the house all but 4 waking hours a day whiich leaves little time for them. One alone would be heartbroken.
So I started Dugas on simethicone yesterday, and I have the vet researching albuterol nebulizers, but she is on vacay next week and Dugas has stopped eating. Even his fave unhealthy treats like raisins and banana chips. This morning I tried boiled sweet potato and moistened alfalfa pellets. Duster munched away happily, even cooing. Dugas wouldn't touch it. He won't take it from a syringe. His medicine I have to drop into his mouth from above while he is wrapped up, and I am at my wits end. Please help me feed my starving buddy!
I am going to get him some critical care but know very little about it. Do they have a liquid? I cannot insert a syringe into his mouth.
Last edited by Bagel; 11-19-2011 at 08:11 AM.
Reason: After thought.