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My two year old degu boy has never weighed much, and he's not very big in overall size either. By recently I've stopped pampering him so much and I haven't been giving him as much treats. Since this has happened through, his weight has dropped, he's only around 182 grams as of late. The heaviest I've ever seen him has only been around 200 grams. I weigh him about twice a week, usually it fluctuates around 195.

He's bony too, so obviously something's wrong, but he eats properly, defecates, drinks, is very energetic, has bright eyes, and nice thick fur. I feed him a mixture of guinea pig / chinchilla pellets with timothy hay. He's also on a vitamin supplement which makes his pee kinda yellow and cloudy. His cage mate is on the same diet, and is a very healthy weight, and I know hasn't been keeping him from eating. I've gotten the opinion of three vets each who say they haven't seen anything wrong.

So I'm pretty much asking if any of you have any ideas how to get this little guys weight up.

Edit: Except for the weird pee, which I believe is caused by the vitamins, his droppings have been normal and his teeth are a healthy color
 

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What brands of food are you feeding? Before good degu foods were available, it was the norm to feed guinea pig and chinchilla pellets. But now that we have great degu foods (SunSeed is the best one in the United States), there's no reason to.

What else is he fed besides the pellets and hay? What vegetables/grasses/herbs do you feed?

What is the vitamin supplement for? A degu getting a high-quality diet shouldn't need a supplement.

Sorry for all the questions, just trying to get a better idea of his normal diet :).
 

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Uh, I'm not exactly sure what brand, but I think the bag has green on it, and I know it has no molasses. I know there's degu-brand food out there, but until the price goes way down I won't be using it for my two hungry degus. It's about 10 dollars for a pretty small bag. I also wouldn't call it great, not the stuff we get around here. Of course, outside of the capital we only have one pet store..

He gets rose hips mostly. It's hard to tell what to feed them since so many people say so many different things, he's had everything from sweet potato to rose petals.

The vitamin supplement was for him being so skinny, to make sure he was getting all the nutrients he needed. It was every diluted though, so I'm not sure if would affect his pee.

Could I feed him small amounts bread without sugar or glucose?
 

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If you have an ingredients list, post it and I'll take a look. Do you know what hay the pellets are made with? Also keep in mind that there are a lot of things besides molasses that you need to watch out for.

They can eat leafy greens like romaine lettuce, escarole, kale (small amounts since it's so rich in calcium), chickory, carrot greens, etc. They can also get small amounts of other vegetables like bell peppers, cucumbers, and zucchini. The rose hips (and petals) are fine, flowers and grasses are great for them. You can also feed herbs like parsley, basil, cilantro, mint, and oregano.

What vitamins does it contain? Is it something you put on his food or in his water?

No, I wouldn't feed him bread. Even if sugar isn't an ingredient, they're not made to digest carbohydrates like that. Maybe mixing in some whole oats would be a better option :).

Is it possible that the other degu is getting more food? Maybe try feeding him separately for a while and see if he gains weight.
 
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