Posted 1/16/2009 9:36 PM (GMT -6)
So sorry for your pet. I hope it's okay. Maybe try calling your vet to see if he knows of any resources for special funding to pay the bills. Otherwise, perhaps you can work out a trade or barter agreement with him to get him to do the procedure.

hope everything works out!
Posted 1/16/2009 11:44 PM (GMT -6)
Hi Kitty,

I'm so sorry to hear that your degu is sick! I'm the biggest animal lover. It is awful having a sick animal, especially an exotic, as there are not too many vets that are really very knowledgeable about exotics, unless perhaps you are in a big city. I just had a snake with bad eye problems & scale problems the other month. I decided to wait to take him to the vet until after he shed next, in case the shedding helped resolve the problem (which fortunately, along with lots of warm soaks & topical glycerin, it did), but I was pretty frantic for a while, because his eyes looked so horrible & he did not act like himself and I was having a hard time finding a vet that works with herps.

I've actually worked part time as a vet tech for going on 7 yrs. Probably 99% of what we see are dogs, cats, and large animals, but people do bring us chickens & other birds, rats, rabbits, guinea pigs, iguanas, and other exotics from time to time. We're also certified to treat wildlife & get a lot of injured wild animals that good samaritans, animal control, or the police bring us. So if you don't have a vet in your area that specializes in exotics, you could call around to clinic that work on dogs & cats, and they may see exotics on the side (although they will not be nearly as knowledgeable as a specialist, but may still be able to offer you some help -- we will even operate on birds & mammalian exotics). Someplace like this may also be cheaper. Vets that specialize in exotics tend to be very expensive. I'd suggest calling up some clinics in your area & find out about their pricing & if they would be willing to help you out or set up a payment plan for you. Also, you could try calling & leaving a message for the vet about what is going on with your little guy. They may not be able to tell you anything over the phone, if they feel that they really need to see it first. But, on the other hand, they may be able to give you some advice as to what you could do, or suggest a medication that you could pick up from them. We have people do this all the time, and many are people who want to help their animal, but don't have to money to bring it in for a full exam or tests.

Good luck! I hope your degu gets better! I'll be saying a prayer for her! I hope your stomach starts feeling better too! Feeling nauseous is awful!

Posted 1/17/2009 1:45 AM (GMT -6)
I am so sorry to hear about your poor degu ( I had google to find out what it was,lol) They are so adorable. I can't imagine what you are going through right now. I' add my prayers to the list.
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Posted 1/17/2009 2:38 AM (GMT -6)
my poor poor baby, she has shallow breathing, and I gave her a raisin and she acted like she was struggling to chew. She wont take water at all. Hern ame is Shorty cause I got her for a discount casue she was missing half her tail and some back toes so nobody really wanted her, but I really did. My other two degus very much know she's not doing well, they only leave her to eat, casue usually they play nonstop and are really loud, but not today. I'm going to call around first thing tomorrow, hopwfully some places are open on saturdays, atleast maybe they can stop her from suffering. Life just isnt fair, she's not even a year old yet. I really wish I knew what was wrong, I hope she doesnt got something contageous cause if the other 2 die I will be devestated and will probably go into severe depression, they mean the world to me just like my kids. I will keep you guys updated, thank you so much for the support and advice, I really need it right now more then anything.

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Posted 1/17/2009 7:54 AM (GMT -6)
Hello~Kitty, I am soooo sorry. I have to admit, I too have no idea what a degu is, but I will research it when I am done typing. Have you considered calling the vet and telling them what is happening? Maybe a good samaratin would come forward & donate some help to you? I know a lot of times locally (I am in a large city, though) people will have "anonymous" donors for pet bills (large ones) no one can pay. I would get on the phone with the vet & BEG for help! I would first ask for help, or ask where you can get help. That you can not bare to watch your beloved special pet pass. Tell them about being on disability, I'm sure that can help somehow. You are such a sweet person, I can't bare to hear whats happening. I'd be in-consolableif I were about to lose one of my pets. Pets are little wing-less angels here on earth. Would you be able to get help with your taxes, is that an option? I'm saying a prayer as I type, I hope you get some help. Good luck, and keep us posted. Whats your pets name, by the way?
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Posted 1/17/2009 10:30 AM (GMT -6)
I have cared for Chinchillas for a long time and if one of my girls had those symptoms I would say it is bloat. Can you feel her tummy and tell if it is swollen? Also, do you have a farm store or a good pet store in your area, if so, call them ASAP and see if they have a thing called Bene Bac - it is a high calarie suppliement for rodents that helps when they are having tummy trouble.

I would also stop feeding her raisens and pellets and do hay only, anything else can cause more gas which can be really bad.

please feel free to e-mail me and I can give you my phone number and maybe together we can figure out what is going on and get her feeling better.

Take care,

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