My friend's degu, and my beloved degu-friend, Deghoo, went into a state of absolute GRIEF after her Gerbil friend, Bob, passed away. As you all know, gerbils live much shorter than degus...and he was getting on in age when they began living together...She would not move, eat, and then seemingly went into paralysis. She looked like she was dying. Her heart was beating more slowly than a human's, and she was hardly breathing...My friend rushed her over, and I REALLY doubted her survival. After using the blender to get some healthy veggies and pellets mixed up with a lot of water, I took a hand feeding syringe I had used for baby birds and fed her. The more she ate, the more she woke up. I put a light over her to keep her warm, and that made her heart quicken and gave her more body heat. Sometimes, degus just need to be loved--all animals do. My gerbil, Danny, was one day looking kind of under the weather. He was skinny, bony and really tired. He even shook when he walked. I put him on a heating pad on medium, just warm enough to make him comfortable, and gave him his favourite treats, and soon enough, he was as healthy and happy as can be. By the way, Deghoo survived, and now she has a mate that she absolutely adores--Brom.
I was babysitting them, the other day, by the way, and they got into a huge fight...Sometimes Brom is abusive.
He has cut her on the face and the chin, and Deghoo has been through a LOT of abuse. But she still squeals for him and cries without him...So I just had to monitor them. They're back to normal now.
If you want to see some pictures of Deghoo when she was in absolute grief, I'll supply them... If your degu becomes like this, offer food and water in a syringe, and keep her warm. If that doesn't work, rush to the vet. Do not stay away from the vet simply because I didn't have to go...Some degus are worse than others. I mean, Deghoo was bad, but I guess I just have luck.
This is her taking a nap, still looking incredibly lethargic, after having some watery veggies.
Here's her from a different angle, showing her cute, pink little ears.
Here she is, recovering...
And here's my buddy enjoying some delicious broccoli...
So there I am, rambling on...But it's just an educational story. Give her a LOT of love and yummy treats (remember, no sugar), and make sure she's eating and drinking...They can be such emotional animals. Good luck.