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Where can I purchase Degu's?

post #1 of 28
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Hello! I just joined here, I know this website is mainly for cats, but I couldn't find a better pet forum.

I'm having the hardest time trying to find where I can adopt/purchase 2 female Degu's in the South Florida area. I have tried Petfinder.com, Craigslist, Yahoo Answers, and countless other Google websites.

Does anyone know any breeders in my area? or any breeders with Degu's that will ship? (Or is shipping bad? Sorry, I have no idea!).

Thanks in advance
post #2 of 28
I had never heard of a Degu before.
I googled their name and saw several site for breeders.
They are really cute.
Maybe other members will have some useful ideas for you.
Good luck.
post #3 of 28
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Originally Posted by xocats View Post
I had never heard of a Degu before.
I googled their name and saw several site for breeders.
They are really cute.
Maybe other members will have some useful ideas for you.
Good luck.
I saw some breeders too, just none in my area I don't trust breeder's without a website.
post #4 of 28
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I asked this in another thread earlier today but I am not getting many replies, and I admit, I'm a bit impatient because I found out about these awesome little critters today and I'm so curious to where to get them!

Does ANYONE know anything of where I can adopt/purchase 2 female Degu's in South Florida? I have tried Petfinder, Craigslist, Yahoo Answers, and countless Google websites. I can't find any breeders or anything in my area!

Where do people get these?


post #5 of 28
The second listing in in Florida, just scan the list.
http://www.degus.com/babydegus.html
post #6 of 28
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Originally Posted by Arlyn View Post
The second listing in in Florida, just scan the list.
http://www.degus.com/babydegus.html
Thanks

I've seen that, it's from last month, though. Also sorry I wasn't specific, I would prefer baby/young ones, and I don't really trust that ad on some random basic website
post #7 of 28
Well, that's how you go about finding breeders.
You find em on the internet then you do your own reaserch to determine if they are good breeders.

That's how I found the few breeders of various animals that I've dealt with.
You can also see if you can find a Yahoo group to join and find breeders that way.
post #8 of 28
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Originally Posted by Arlyn View Post
Well, that's how you go about finding breeders.
You find em on the internet then you do your own reaserch to determine if they are good breeders.

That's how I found the few breeders of various animals that I've dealt with.
You can also see if you can find a Yahoo group to join and find breeders that way.
I know, but that is just 1 listing One unverified person. I was hoping to find a breeder website, SOMETHING I can look at, other than plain boring text. So many people have Degu's. Where are they getting them? Jeeze.
post #9 of 28
If you scroll to the bottom of that page and click the link, you can get a drop down link that takes you to breeder listings and you can see that they are a webring member.
post #10 of 28
Hmm those look a lot like chinchillas. Except perhaps Chinchillas have fluffier tails and look to be bigger.

Have you considered one of those in case you can't get your Degu wish?

Perhaps you could look into a breeder that is farther away or even out of state that would be willing to ship your pair to you.
post #11 of 28
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Originally Posted by Nekomania View Post
Hmm those look a lot like chinchillas. Except perhaps Chinchillas have fluffier tails and look to be bigger.

Have you considered one of those in case you can't get your Degu wish?

Perhaps you could look into a breeder that is farther away or even out of state that would be willing to ship your pair to you.
Chinchilla's and Degu's are completely different animals, they just look alike.

Chinchilla's are very fragile and can't be picked up a lot, they do poorly with children and have strict temperature rules. Chinchilla's are also nocturnal, while Degu's are not Chinchillas can also live to be 20 years old while Degu's usually live up to 5-8 years.

Degu's are very sociable and nice, they love to be petted and massaged, they don't bite, they aren't nocturnal. They are basically everything I'm looking for.
post #12 of 28
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Why was my thread moved? I put it in the lounge to get more views and replies. Now it's back to where my old thread is.
post #13 of 28
I know Petsmart in Aventura carries small pets. I think Petco in North Miami does too. Both are on US1. Have you called them?
post #14 of 28
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Originally Posted by Degu_2009 View Post
Why was my thread moved? I put it in the lounge to get more views and replies. Now it's back to where my old thread is.
I think because this place is for discussion about other animals while the lounge is just for discussion about life and such.
post #15 of 28
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I know Petsmart in Aventura carries small pets. I think Petco in North Miami does too. Both are on US1. Have you called them?
Doesn't every Pet store carry small pets?

The only small pets I have ever seen in my area are gerbils, hamsters, mice, rats, ferrets, guineas, rabbits....no Degu's. I've never even heard of a Degu lol

And I've visited just about every pet store in my area to browse around.
post #16 of 28
You might want to call some of the veterinarians in your area, to find if there are any who have been trained to treat them, or have studied them at all. When bringing a pet into your home, one of the first things that must be done is a through veterinary exam, by an experienced veterinarian who is well experienced and has the knowledge of how to examine, and treat, exotics. If you don't have a veterinarian on board before you get the Degau, you are already courting catastrophe!!! A reputable and knowledgeable veterinarian might be able to help you in your search, if s/he has extensive experience in that area, s/he might be able to put you in touch with reputable breeders.

Good luck!
post #17 of 28
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Doesn't every Pet store carry small pets?
There are some that only sell pet supplies, no pets. Like up here there is a place called Urbanimal, and all they sell is pet food and other supplies.
post #18 of 28
I have seen them at pet stores. I have also seen them available at the SPCA
post #19 of 28
Threads merged.
post #20 of 28
Please don't buy from a pet store! The animals there come from the rodent version of puppy mills and the breeding animals really suffer...I have seen videos and it's not pretty. http://www.brecklagh.com/petshops.html (the photos here are from one of the "better" breeders by the way). This one has more graphic photos: http://pawofjustice.org/index.php?cat=11 The degus at my local pet shops are kept 5 or 6 to a fifteen gallon tank with a couple of cardboard tubes.

I'm not a degu expert but if you google "degus" you might find a few good sites that might list ethical breeders/rescues. Check out petfinder too!
post #21 of 28
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Originally Posted by fattykitty View Post
Please don't buy from a pet store! The animals there come from the rodent version of puppy mills and the breeding animals really suffer...I have seen videos and it's not pretty. http://www.brecklagh.com/petshops.html (the photos here are from one of the "better" breeders by the way). This one has more graphic photos: http://pawofjustice.org/index.php?cat=11 The degus at my local pet shops are kept 5 or 6 to a fifteen gallon tank with a couple of cardboard tubes.

I'm not a degu expert but if you google "degus" you might find a few good sites that might list ethical breeders/rescues. Check out petfinder too!

In my area Degus aren't even sold in pet stores. I have tried Googleing breeders and petfinder too, with no luck. It seems like you only posted to preach to me about pet stores If you read my initial post you would see that I have googled breeders and been to Petfinder.
post #22 of 28
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Originally Posted by Degu_2009 View Post
In my area Degus aren't even sold in pet stores. I have tried Googleing breeders and petfinder too, with no luck. It seems like you only posted to preach to me about pet stores If you read my initial post you would see that I have googled breeders and been to Petfinder.
If no one near you ever has them , it is a safe bet vets near you don't know them either, and this is bad.
We all have animals we want, but think of the reality of it.
Please, these are animals not whims.
I would love a priarie dog, but could never have one.
I want a hedgehog, but no.
I love all things reptile, but, again, no.
Please, think into the future of the animal.
post #23 of 28
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Originally Posted by Degu_2009 View Post
In my area Degus aren't even sold in pet stores. I have tried Googleing breeders and petfinder too, with no luck. It seems like you only posted to preach to me about pet stores If you read my initial post you would see that I have googled breeders and been to Petfinder.
My post wasn't directed to you exactly-it was to the people who had suggested pet stores. And no offense, but pet stores are major sources of animal cruelty and if the opportunity comes I will discuss it. My friends runs a bird rescue and I have seen first hand the kind of cruelty that goes on inside these places. I also almost got a degu a few months ago (he was adopted though).

I agree with Trillcat. Degus are small, fragile animals and if there's no vet it might not go well.
post #24 of 28
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Originally Posted by Trillcat View Post
If no one near you ever has them , it is a safe bet vets near you don't know them either, and this is bad.
We all have animals we want, but think of the reality of it.
Please, these are animals not whims.
I would love a priarie dog, but could never have one.
I want a hedgehog, but no.
I love all things reptile, but, again, no.
Please, think into the future of the animal.

I am sure an exotic vet (which we have here) would be familiar with a Degu. A Degu is a pet, nothing like a prairie dog. If people can own ferrets or chinchillas, they can own a Degu. They are not THAT exotic. I would never get a Degu without first finding out if a vet can take care of them. I'm also not going to go out tomorrow and buy one. I purchased a book online recently to learn more about the animal, I'm not dumb.
post #25 of 28
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Originally Posted by Degu_2009 View Post
I am sure an exotic vet (which we have here) would be familiar with a Degu. A Degu is a pet, nothing like a prairie dog. If people can own ferrets or chinchillas, they can own a Degu. They are not THAT exotic. I would never get a Degu without first finding out if a vet can take care of them. I'm also not going to go out tomorrow and buy one. I purchased a book online recently to learn more about the animal, I'm not dumb.
I am glad you are learning, and I did not mean in any way to call you dumb.
My post was intended to say that sometimes we get focused on getting an animal, one we may or may not be able to properly keep. You are doing the research, and that is good. But...
You say you are sure that your exotic vet can treat a degu, have you called them to make sure?
post #26 of 28
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Originally Posted by Trillcat View Post
I am glad you are learning, and I did not mean in any way to call you dumb.
My post was intended to say that sometimes we get focused on getting an animal, one we may or may not be able to properly keep. You are doing the research, and that is good. But...
You say you are sure that your exotic vet can treat a degu, have you called them to make sure?
I am interested in this animal, it doesn't mean I'm going to run out and get one. Pets are a big responsibility and I want to be 100% informed on them and know how to care for them, ect...If I am able to get Degus it won't be for a while, I would never purchase a Degus without first knowing if an exotic vet around here treats them. I haven't called a vet to ask yet, but that's only because I'm not getting one any time soon.
post #27 of 28
I was wondering - maybe if you find a vet(s) who treat degus, the vet can point you in the direction of good breeders or a rescue group or something?
post #28 of 28
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Originally Posted by darlili View Post
I was wondering - maybe if you find a vet(s) who treat degus, the vet can point you in the direction of good breeders or a rescue group or something?
True! I never thought of that. I'll have to call up some Vets.
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