Bowmanville Veterinary Clinic

2826 HWY 2
Bowmanville, ON L1C 3K5



Degus should be provided with a large cage containing shelves, branches, a running wheel and plenty of room to exercise.  Wood shavings, recycled paper products and hay are all suitable bedding materials.  A dust bath should be provided as for chinchillas.  At least two degus should be housed together.




Diet in the wild includes a wide variety of plants, roots, seeds, fruit and livestock droppings.  A successful captive diet consists of a mixture of rodent blocks and guinea pig chow along with grass hay.  Carrots, sweet potatoes, other vegetables, seeds and peanuts are given as treats.  Foods containing sugar (e.g. fruits, raisins, breakfast cereal, honey treat sticks) should be avoided.  Note that most pelleted feeds contain molasses, which is used as a binder.  Starchy foods may also pose a risk.