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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-04-2006, 08:52 PM Thread Starter
 
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Infection is back....

Bruces eye showed white discharge last night, so i'm back to putting drops in it

Does anyone have any links to Degus health mostly eye information?
i'm wanting to see if there is anything I can do about this blocked tear duct.
I can keep medicating, though it's 2 to 3 times a day, and i really don't think Bruce will want to continue this every day multiple times for the rest of his life.

Argh,.....
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-04-2006, 10:05 PM
 
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I hope your Degu gets better, though I dont have any links for you. I just hope that Bruce gets better.
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I scrubed the boys cage from top to bottom tonight, removing all the old metal levels and adding only plastic ones (much easier to whipe). I am so sore now... LOL
I really think i'm going to move the boys to an aquarium, as this cage with their spraying is just to hard to try and keep spotless.
I added corncob litter, and so far so good, they have no interest in it
I'm hoping this will keep the dust and ickyness down and hopfully will help the eye be less irritated.

Had anyone heard or had sinuses being cleaned out? ???
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sounds like it might be a tooth problem, the root can go bad (i'd say impacted but that's not it either, and i can't remember where i read it) and thusly affect the eye. in humans bad sinus problems can infect your top teeth and jaw. i know that becasue i'm prone to sinus infections lol. definitley go to the vet. and infected eye is just so close to the brain, you can't ignore it.

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i'm not saying i'm right, i'm saying iread that somewhere, that's all, go to the vet!!! *please don't sue.....*

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It's not his teeth, we've allready had them looked over twice.
The problem is a blocked tear duct, and because it's blocked and cannot drain on it's own the water eye ends up being a breeding ground for bactiria. (I know yum).

So now i'm trying to come up with ways to help keep the eye less irritated and clean, what i'd really like for is the duct to clear itself. Suposedly people can get surgery for this, but Degus are to small

Other then this silly eye, Bruce is in top health. My Vet really likes him says i've got the nicest Degus he's ever met.
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aww ok well good. maybe try eliminating as much dust and fine particles as you can. use newspaper, regulate dust bath time to maybe ince a week or only in thort spurts. if you can, try putting a drop or two of contact saline rinse in his eye to help tearing and flushing of things gross. good luck!

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aaawwww sorry to hear Bruces eye is playing up again, if it is infected i wouldn't recommend putting anything in it other then the drops or if you have to bathe it tepid water. I would hold back the dust baths till the eye has cleared up and keep him of any dusty substrates. I'm going to see if i can do any indepth research into eye problems in the degu and will pass on any good links i find to you

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post #9 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-05-2006, 11:51 AM
 
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You might want to shake your hay before you give it to him to loosen the fine particles. We have to do this for our girls because the Fresh Meadow hay makes them sneeze.
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i don't know if its the same for degus but my rabbit has the same problem and i got fed up with drops [so did he]lol,but i now use camomile tea to wash hie eye and it doesn't weep as much anymore,hope this helps.
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Thanks everyone!
All great suggestions and tips!

They are not going to have any dust/sand baths for a bit, i just can't risk it. So far the corn cob is keeping everything alot less dusty. And my biggest fear of them eating it hasn't come true, they don't have an interest in it
As for the hay, i actually shake it from a large bail i keep in my basement, so they get mostly large peices, and all the end bits get swept into the garbage. I'm lucky not to have to buy the bagged stuff.

I havn't seen the discharge these past couple of days, but the weeping is no more or no less. He's still his goofy self, and though he knows i'll put drops in his eye he still comes out to play.

I'm thinking i do want to whipe around the eye to help keep it cleaner, the Camomile tea thing really interests me, do you have any more info on that?

These plastic shelves for levels are SO much easier to clean, but as usual the boys are spraying all over everything. SO I'm whiping alot.
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Hi. I'm Jun , I live in Florida ,and I have 12 Degus. ( 3 baby boys up for adoption, no fees, BTW)

I was wondering if you use vinegar only to clean the cage with? I use straight Distilled white vinegar. What I do is, I soak all their stuff up with it, leave it for about 10 minutes and rinse it clean and air dry, and wipe with coffee filters because it leaves no lint and it is only a $1 for 200ct.

Also, I was wondering what type of Dust bath do you use? Some dust baths are not good in quality. we went through several and found gound pumice and white ash mix.

Also, we use chincilla pellets only because they seem to have more vitamin C. We supplment with Vitamin C in their water once a week. I just dissolve one tablet of Vitamin C in their water bottle.

Also , I use the paper litter, wich has small amounts of dust and use alot of Timothy hay with it to control odors and so they can dig and hide food ( they like to do that in the winter for some reason)and eat also.


Sorry to jump in but I wanted to help. I hope I didn't step on anyone's toes.
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I'm all for using natural remedies and use them when and where i can Camomile tea is supposed to soothe tired eyes and help with infections as it is good as an eye flush, it shouldn't be put directly into the eye just into the corners. I believe you should brew the tea, let it cool down to room temperature and then soak your cotton wool in it and use it to wripe the eyes or as an eye flush just like you would with normal water

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Hi Jun,

Yes i use vinegar for all my cleaning (work wonders), great for carpets too
I use a dust and then a sand bath, but i havn't been using it very often b/c of the eye right now. There isn't much fo a selection for either products here, the sand is super hard to find.

I feed a high quality Guinea pig food, all my Goos are super healthy adn have a great weight. They also get some oats, puffed wheat and millet in with their pellets, non stop timothy hay. I also feed Romaine lettus, and the occasional sunflower or pumpkin seeds as a treat.

I'm now usiong the corn cob litter which seems to be working quite fine. I was using a mix of Aspen and wood pellet litter.

I don't have any Camomile tea, but i will see about getting some.
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