I feel terrible, I was feeding my degu's some special natural leaf mix and caught the end of one of their tails in the cage door, i heard him make a massive squeal and then saw that the tip had come off and now the tip is just this raw ended piece of skin stuff if any of you know what I mean!!
Will he be ok? He doesn't seem in any discomfort now other than the time of it happening?
Post by NightwishRaven999 on Dec 21, 2011 2:25:22 GMT
I would forgo the use of the sandbath for a while, atleast until the remaining stump of the tail has healed completely. Is there any blood loss ? How much of the tail was shed ? Is the tail bone visible ?
Although I could imagine my own reaction to such a thing happening, it is important to keep in mind the tail shedding does not endanger the life of your degu.
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We left him for a couple hours and the bleeding is quite bad, we dipped the wound in flour to help ease the bleeding, which seems to have helped a little, the blood isn't EVERYWHERE, but for example it's clear that there has been bleeding in his bed. There is about an inch and a 1/2 missing from the end and there is still a bone stump with some blood which he hasn't yet bitten off. Oh god, he won't die will he? I read somewhere that it can happen quite easily and that most degu's live?
Post by NightwishRaven999 on Dec 21, 2011 4:22:32 GMT
I am defenitely not an expert on this, as I have never dealt with this situation personally. From what I understand, what you describe is quite normal. The degu tail is mostly composed of muscle and tissue. It would seem logical that such a tail injury would cause moderate blood loss. I have never heard of a degu dying from this, in fact...the majority of those who have been through this mention the quick recovery time.
When you think about it, the shedding of the tail is a natural defence mechanism...designed to save the degu from its predator. Although blood loss can indeed be scary, I do not think it to be fatal in this case.
I suggest you keep a close eye on your degu over the next few days, making sure he/she is eating and drinking properly. You may also want to boost the recovery time by giving your degu high energy foods like oats. These are great for sick or recovering degus coming out from a state of lethargy.
Hopefully, others who have been through this will be able to guide you and provide you with reassuring experiences.
Keep us posted !
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Thank you for your responses everyone! I didn't sleep well last night, worrying about whether he was going to be OK or not! I woke up this morning though and the tail doesn't seem as bad and he's running on the UFO like normal Luckily I have a big box of oats so thanks for that advice NWR
Thanks again for help people, i'll keep you updated if any more happens, but hopefully this will be the end of it now and he will be fine! x
Sorry I didn't see this yesterday. I have had a couple of tail injuries like you describe - one was down to a swipe by my neighbour's cat who'd come in (mine ignore the goos). There was a good 1" of bone showing at the time. I did nothing and the goo chewed the end of the bone off and it's healed just fine now.
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Post by princessveronica on Dec 29, 2011 1:03:12 GMT
Poor thing! I know how you AND your degu feel!
It should be OK because it was only the tip that came off. When I was buying my degu, the member of staff that was telling me about degus said that the tail won't grow back. I think you should go to the vet. (If you bought your degu in pets at home, you can call them and they will call their vet.)
I have had a lost tail - stood on the end of one of mine - it degloved which is the technical term. Bloody stump and bone. I personally took mine to the vets and he stayed in whilst they cut it off (the part with no hair) and stitched it came home following day and he was fine. But apparently they will clean and chew off dead bit themselves in the wild and as pets, i just didnt fancy the possibilty of infection - im lucky like that - if it can go wrong it will. IDegloving is a natural defence incase they are caught by predators the end will come off so the predator is left with the hair and the goo gets away. So vets or not vets its up to you - suggest keep it clean dip in water with very mild salt and watch it - if in doubt Vet
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