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My local shelter has a degu for adoption that I am interested in. Anyone have a degu and can offer some advice? Thanks!
 

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I haven't got a Degu, but i found these two links that seem to have alot of info about them.Sorry if you've already seen them <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><a href="http://www.degus.exotic-small-furry-pets.co.uk/engels/e_info.html" target="_blank">http://www.degus.exotic-small-furry-...ls/e_info.html</a><br><br><a href="http://www.erodent.co.uk/DeguInfo.htm" target="_blank">http://www.erodent.co.uk/DeguInfo.htm</a>
 

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Bits, off topic but about that Myxomatosis..Ihave two bunnies at the moment, and I havent vaccinated them against anything. One is only 8 weeks old, and one is adult, and Im getting another one soon as well..
 

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I seem to be especially stupid today. What is a degu? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/dunce.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":dunce:">
 

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Degu's can make great pets for the right person...but they are much more involved than other "pcoket pets". Degu's can live 7-10 years in captivity. They need to climb so large cages with ramps, levels, and hiding spaces are needed for proper exercise and mental stimulation. Degu's live in large familial social groups in the <a href="http:/single">wild....Lone/single</a> Degu's do not do well. If you adopt her be sure to get her a same sex friend or a few friends. 24 hours of constant human handling will not replace her need for same species interaction. It is something they need to be healthy and happy regardless of how much time you can spend playing with them.
 

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You'll need to find an exotics vet if you get a degu. Regular vets won't see them (or if they agree to you should run far away to someone who specializes!).<br><br><br><br>
It would be VERY smart to immediately get the pet in for a checkup with your new exotics vet. Lots of people just wing it with new pets and can cause some serious health problems just because they don't know the right food or housing to provide. Don't necessarily trust the shelter or a pet store to know!
 
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