Degus can be prone to diabetes – especially if they’ve been fed an unsuitable diet including sugary treats like fruits and chew bars. It can be managed by improving their diet, but it’s likely their health will decline slowly. Signs to look out for include:
- Excessive drinking
- Excessive urinating
- Unexpected weight gain, appearance of obesity
If you suspect your degu has developed diabetes, arrange a vet check and review their diet quality.
Leg and tail injuries
Degus love to explore and move quickly. However, if the environment is not safe for them, they can get seriously injured.
Furnish your degus’ cage with fun activities to keep them occupied. Avoid any items that could trap their legs or they could become tangled up in. If you notice any change in your degus’ movements or swellings in their legs, talk to your vet.
Tail injuries or loss is also common if your degus are handled incorrectly or have been involved in a fight with another degu. Also known as ‘degloving,’ this is when a degu allows their tail to detach to escape a predator. Either the skin and fur will detach from the tailbone or the whole tail may come off.
Because of this, make sure you avoid picking your degu up by the tail. If your degu does deglove, they will need immediate veterinary treatment to clean and repair the wound.