Feeding your Degus

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Feeding your Degus

What do degus eat? Diabetes Nuggets Hay Water Treats Greens Root Vegetables Fruit Dangerous Foods Your degu will need a balanced diet to keep them happy and healthy and we have a useful guide to help you choose the best food available for your degu. What do degus eat? Degus in the wild are herbivores (which means they eat plants).  They live on large amounts of low quality vegetation such as grasses, flowers, seeds, bark and roots.  This type of food needs a lot of digestion and as pets the ideal diet for degus is good quality hay and degu-specific nuggets. You should feed your degu twice a day, during the morning and after the sleep in the late evening.   Degus should not be fed high fat foods like peanuts, sun flower seeds or dried fruit such as raisins as degus can not metabolise sugar very well and are prone to diabetes. Food should be placed in heavy ceramic or metal shallow bowls that will not tip over and are strong enough to withstand being chewed! Degus tend to bury their food so make sure that any uneaten food is removed from their cage. Always introduce new foods to your degu gradually over a period of 10 days. View our Degu Products section for a selection of nutritious nuggets and hay BackTo Top Diabetes Diabetes is common in degus as they can not metabolise sugar well so do not feed  your degu sugary foods such as fruit or give honey based treats.   Symptoms of diabetes are increased thirst and drinking a lot of water, urinating more than normal, urine with a sweet or acetone (nail polish remover) smell, sudden weight loss or gain, tiredness (sleeping more than usual) and increased appetite.  If you think your degu may be diabetic ask your vet for advice.   Call Vet Clinic at Petstop Visit our Degu Health Advice section to learn more BackTo Top Nuggets Always feed degu-specific nuggets to your degu as these have been designed to provide all the minerals, vitamins, fibre and nutrients required and are also free of molasses and low in sugar. Degu nuggets typically contain wheat, oat bran, grass, soya, peas, unmolassed beet pulp, yeast and mint. View our Degu Products section for a selection of nutritious nuggets and hay BackTo Top Hay Degus need lots of hay in their diet to provide roughage and fibre.  You should provide a fresh plentiful supply of good quality hay at all times.  You can supplement this with some Alfalfa Hay a couple of times a week.  Hay will also help to keep your degus teeth trim and healthy.    View our Degu Product section for a selection of nutritious hays for degus BackTo Top Water Always provide fresh clean drinking water for your degu and check the supply each day.  Water should be provided in water bottles and not in bowls as these are easily fouled.   It is very important that your degus water bottle is kept clean as degus are prone to mouth infections from bacteria.  We recommend sterilising your degus water bottle regularly to keep it germ free and safe. View our Degu Products section for a selection of water bottles and feeding accessories BackTo Top Treats Only give your degu treats that do not contain honey or molasses and are low in sugar.  There are a wide variety of treats available which are sold as snacks and forage mixes which contain broad bean flakes, red clover blossoms, parsnip flakes, carrot flakes, sunflower blossoms, rose, marigold, alfalfa, lemon balm, birch leaves, parsley, meadow grass and herbs. Treats in the form of mineral blocks and stuffed wood rolls (logs) are great for chewing on and help your degus teeth stay in good shape.   View our Degu Products section for a selection of nutritious nuggets and treats BackTo Top Greens Degus can be fed some greens in very small amounts as a treat.  Recommended greens are dark green leafy vegetables such as broccoli and dandelion leaves. Make sure any greens have been washed before you feed them to your degu. BackTo Top Root Vegetables Certain root vegetables can be fed to your degu every other day a treat.  Recommended root vegetables are small chunks of carrot, sweet potato, swede and parsnip. BackTo Top Fruit We do not recommend that you feed fruit (or dried fruit) to your degu as it is too high in sugar and can lead to your degu developing diabetes.   BackTo Top Dangerous Foods Never feed your degu chocolate as it is toxic to most animals. As degus cannot metabolise sugar do not feed fruit, dried fruit or corn, cereals, sunflower seeds, raisins or nuts they can cause illness. Call Vet Clinic at Petstop for a consultation BackTo Top