I have two boy Degu's who are just under a year in age and one of them seems to be passing blood in his urine I believe.
I cleaned the cage yesterday morning and when I checked on them a few hours later there were small patches of urine, red in colour scattered around the cage. I am pretty sure it is urine as it doesn't seem to be a trail of blood from a cut.
I removed the covered saw dust in each place and replaced. I checked both and let them have 15 minutes of exercise in our back room. Both seemed okay.
Went in this morning and there is another patch of urine. Only one patch compared to the 4 from 10 hours ago.
What could it be? Just curious if anyone has had this before as it doesn't sound good.
I will see if there is more when I get in and if so I will have to separate them for a few hours to work out who it is.
There are some other plants that cause a reddish (different types of red) urine: hazelnut, branches of willow and apple trees, carrots, tomatoes, dandelion. Is it the first time you see this colour? Did you change the food recently?
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Do you use the excel hay with dried dandelion in it from pets at home? this makes 2 of my boys urine go red, seems to be fairly random what turns the urine red for different degus in my experience. But maravilla is right, beetroot, carrot etc also turns urine red.
Degus have the ability to retain large amounts of water so thier urine is often very... potent for lack of a better word lol. I often find red, or a strong yellow.
Just normal hay which they have for their bed and a little put in their food bowls. They haven't had anything other than Degu nuggets recently.
I checked on them yesterday evening and got them out and they both still seem fine. They had a run and a little snooze in the girlfriends dressing gown. lol Didn't seem to be any more red patches so I will keep a close eye on this and hope it has passed!
Awe, I wish mine did this, they just seem to run off if we let them out! They are stil very young and exploring though I think. I'm sure the urine is fine, our two is sometimes red as well and I've not worried about it yet. Our rabbits used to be the same.
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rayfaetroon: Oops, wanted to keep first 'shout' on the one box! I was going to ask is a Degu a Rodent, or not? Many websites say they are a Rodent, but our Degu booklet says not!
Feb 7, 2014 3:59:07 GMT
rayfaetroon: Mind you the same booklet which in 99% of Degu 'facts' is agrees with what is on several web pages, but our booklet says to offer Degu Apple & Carrot! As apple is a fruit, I find this odd, and as for the carrot, the 'nose' was turned up when offered !
Feb 7, 2014 4:01:05 GMT
rayfaetroon: How do you start a subject post? I cannot see any links to do this!!!
Feb 7, 2014 4:02:54 GMT
rayfaetroon: Got to say that I find this website very confusing and illogical to a first timer!
Feb 7, 2014 4:17:33 GMT
moletteuk: Hi rayfaetroon, degus are caviomorph rodents of the genus octodon. I think you are right to read your booklet with some caution, there is a lot of out of day info about degus out there. Have a good look around the forum for some up to date information.
Feb 7, 2014 11:49:23 GMT
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Feb 7, 2014 11:50:59 GMT
bigholly: rayfaetroon, i have the same problem. Have tried apple Carrot Cabbage and Celery. All nose in the air.Anyone any tips?
Feb 13, 2014 7:48:57 GMT
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Feb 15, 2014 20:12:56 GMT
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Feb 19, 2014 23:36:41 GMT
kikusan: Hello , I 'm new in this site...I' m from Greece and degus are not very popular here... My friend rescued a young degu from a petshop.They were using it as a demonstration for an ultra sound rodent repellent !!It is very malnourished and scared...
Feb 21, 2014 1:05:32 GMT
kikusan: We noticed that it drools and his eyes are not very open.... we worry that it might have a cold, although he doesn't sneeze or makes weezing sounds...and the vets here , have no idea about rodents
Feb 21, 2014 1:08:53 GMT
kikusan: Of course we will take it to the vet but I would Like to know for sure , which antibiotics are safe for degus.... I've seen that Baytril is being used safely... would you know any other antibiotics that it wouldn't harm the intestinal flora of the degu ?
Feb 21, 2014 1:13:11 GMT
kikusan: It would be very helpful if someone could recommend which antibiotics are safe for degus , so we can inform our vet , as some can be safe for one species but harmful to another...e.g. it can be safe for a rat but not for a guinea pig.Thank you for the help
Feb 21, 2014 1:17:36 GMT
Maravilla: Baytril indeed is used very often. There are a couple of other ones but some of those cannot be used when liver or kidneys are damaged or do have other severe side effects. You can ask for Bird Bene Bac which can be given to stabilise the intestinal flora.
Feb 21, 2014 10:59:08 GMT
Maravilla: But don't forget that it also could be something completely different where antibiotics are not the adequate treatment. If the degu is malnourished try to offer him soft things, like puree (e.g. carrots) with some oats and small pieces of hay...
Feb 21, 2014 11:01:17 GMT
Maravilla: ... or whatever food you are giving him right now. It could be necessary that the vet has to administer liquid to stabilise him. Good luck and keep us updated!!
Feb 21, 2014 11:03:47 GMT
moletteuk: kikusan baytril is the antibiotic most often given to degus. See this medication chart for basic dosing information http://www.degutopia.co.uk/deguvetlist.htm
Feb 21, 2014 16:51:44 GMT
Maravilla: I forgot to say: if there is a chance, let the vet check the teeth, especially the molars as there could also be big problems which can cause problems when eating.
Feb 21, 2014 17:00:24 GMT
kikusan: I want to thank you for your responces... we took the degu at the vet and he found no problem at the lungs so he didn't prescribe any antibiotics... he suggested good food so it will make a recovery by getting the necessary vitamins.
Feb 21, 2014 23:41:46 GMT
kikusan: He also said to make sure that there are no drafts around its cage... Anyway , today the degu was not salivating at all... We really hope that it will recover from the mistreatment soon enough !
Feb 21, 2014 23:45:05 GMT