Bumblefoot is a bacterial infection which commonly affects captive animals. It is often caused by degus walking on wire surfaces, which lead to inflammatory reactions and difficulty walking. To avoid bumblefoot, remove the wire-mesh bottom from the pet’s cage. For further information, contact your vet.
Dental problems are a major health issue for degus. They suffer from a problem called open root which is caused by the back teeth growing inside the mouth and upward towards the eye sockets and through the jaw. It’s advisable to feed your degu fibre and provide a wooden block in your pet’s cage to wear down their continuously growing teeth. If teeth don’t get worn down enough this can cause drooling, pawing of face and lack of appetite. For further information, contact your vet.
Diabetes is a common condition in degus as they cannot metabolise sugar. It’s therefore advisable to not feed degus any food that contains high levels of sugar such as fruit and raisins and avoid your pet getting fat. Symptoms of diabetes include drinking more water than normal and pets becoming very thin. For further information, contact your vet or pet store, who have access to specialist diets.
Degus commonly suffer from eye conditions including cataracts and infections, often due to dirty sand baths and bedding. For further information, contact your vet.
Degus fed too much fat may get liver disease, which has similar symptoms to diabetes. It’s advisable to avoid feeding your degu fatty food such as sunflower seeds, peanuts and nuts. For further information, contact your vet.