Degu diseases are not always the same, because the animals usually overplay them. However, there are ways to quickly find out if and what your favorite is missing.
Even if Degu diseases are present, your rodents often do not show them clearly. As long as possible, they come to the food bowl as usual and try to continue to participate in the social life of the pack. Only when the disease is well advanced, the degus can no longer hide the symptoms. However, there are some preventive measures that you can take to improve your pet's health - and to know exactly whether it is ill or not. Below are the most common Degu diseases and prevention tips.
Prevent and treat wounds
One of the most common "degu diseases" are small wounds. They can have different causes, such as biting each other. Important: Search for the cause and separate the animals if there is a regular row in the group. Place the injured animal in a separate box and lay out the bottom with plain kitchen paper. Now you can carefully disinfect the wound with a cotton swab. Saline solution is best for this. If the wound is deep or inflamed, a vet should be turned on.
How to recognize a cold
Since the rodents react relatively sensitively to drafts, the most common Degu diseases also include the common cold. Damp bedding or too low a room temperature can also cause symptoms such as purulent nasal discharge, eye inflammation or sneezing. However, these signs may also indicate other diseases. A veterinarian can make an accurate diagnosis and medication to help keep the cold from spreading to pneumonia.
Degu Diseases: Heat stroke is one of them
The other extreme is a heat stroke. Especially enclosures with large glass fronts, which are exposed to direct sunlight, easily overheat. The rodents can not compensate for the high temperatures and it comes to heat stroke. If this is the case, the animal lies impassively on the ground and has an increased respiratory rate. Take it out of the enclosure immediately and take it to a cooler place. If there is no improvement after a few minutes, you should drive to the vet.
Causes and symptoms of diarrhea
Most of the cause of Degu diseases is found in the immediate environment. Diarrhea can be caused for example by excessive feeding with green fodder. If you notice typical symptoms such as pulpy or thin feces or furred fur on the anus, you should first change the food. If that does not help, consult the veterinarian. He can determine if the health of the rodents is affected by salmonella or coli bacteria.
Worm infestation despite attitude in the house
Parasites can even occur when keeping in the interior. They hide mostly in hay or in non-hygienic food. Worms are one of the degu diseases that do not cause any symptoms. Healthy degus barely notice the worm infestation. However, in stressful situations or when your health is bad, the parasites can get out of hand and your pet will suddenly lose weight. The veterinarian takes a droppings to prove the worms and then initiates appropriate treatment.
The little rodents are prone to diabetes
Degus is particularly susceptible to diabetes mellitus. Symptoms often include clouding of the lens caused by the high aldose reductase content in the lens. Nevertheless, animals suffering from it can get very old and have little or no problems with the disease. However, in an acute course, the degus may die within a few weeks. For symptoms such as increased thirst and urination, you should see the vet immediately. A cure is not possible, however, the rodents can live much longer in a low-sugar diet.
Precaution: How to check the health of your degus
So that you know immediately whether the health of your pets is attacked, in addition to a welfare-appropriate attitude a regular check-up is recommended. Degu diseases can be detected and treated faster. So take a little time each day and watch the animals closely. If you experience unusual behavior or other changes, you should initiate further investigations. A weekly health check includes weight control, thickening, tumors, gassing, coat control and eye, ear, nose, teeth, claw and anus.
The following symptoms are a sign that the health of degus is not optimal and a veterinarian should take a look at the rodents:
• apathetic behavior, degus are noticeably calm, do not react as usual or similar.
• Going out of the coat, possibly red or scaly parts of the skin, frequent scratching
• heavy breathing, possibly accompanied by respiratory sounds
• Weight loss or weight gain
• Salivation (possibly indicating dental problems)
• soft droppings
• clouding of the eyes
• watery and / or sticky, inflamed eyes
• encrusted ears
• Secretion from the nose
• paralysis, limping or similar
• Degu shows pain, possibly cramps