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How long can a chin survive without water? I got home from work today and noticed that Chip's watter bottle was totally empty.  :doh: I'm not sure how long it was but hew did have water last night. I refilled it and sryinge fed a small amount of water through the cage bars. He is acting normal as he is not appearing lethargic or anything. He took a treat from me but didn't drink afterwards like he sometimes does. Its mid afternoon here.  I'm concerned that he will think that the bottle no longer has water in it even though it does now.  Should I bring him to the vet?
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Re: Chin accidentally went without water for an unkown amount of time.
« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2012, 12:01:19 PM »

You are going to be fine. Just watch for signs of constipation over the next day or two.
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Re: Chin accidentally went without water for an unkown amount of time.
« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2012, 05:29:46 PM »

He hasnt touched the bottle at all today. SHould i give him water through a syringe to be safe?
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Re: Chin accidentally went without water for an unkown amount of time.
« Reply #3 on: July 12, 2012, 07:12:51 PM »

Mark where the water level is in the bottle and check it in the morning. Some chins consume most of their water at night or when you are not around.
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Re: Chin accidentally went without water for an unkown amount of time.
« Reply #4 on: July 13, 2012, 03:05:50 PM »

I'd say he'll be fine. Mine accidentally went about 36 hours with no water when I was away and my dad forgot to refuill it. He drank like crazy when I put water in his bottle but he was fine. Like Gray Rodent said, mark where the level of water is in the bottle (I use sellotape for this, just make sure he can't reach the sellotape) and keep an eye on his droppings for constipation. I was worried out of my mind too but he was absolutely fine too. I'd say your one will be grand. Keep us updated :)
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Re: Chin accidentally went without water for an unkown amount of time.
« Reply #5 on: July 14, 2012, 01:23:29 AM »

I agree with others, that more than likely he will be okay. The only thing that chinchillas can sometimes get, from going without water for a length of time, is a bladder or urinary infection.

I once took in a rescue who had gone without water for about a week or so(he was dumped at the SPCA with his other buddies who had all gone without water too.).

 He developed a bladder infection, which my vet quickly diagnosed and explained that it happens sometimes when they go without water. Symptoms of the bladder infection were peeing frequently, and for him, he had a milky white discharge after he urinated. A quick round of antibiotics and he was back to his normal self though. :)

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Re: Chin accidentally went without water for an unkown amount of time.
« Reply #6 on: August 15, 2012, 07:36:57 PM »

So how is he ?

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Re: Chin accidentally went without water for an unkown amount of time.
« Reply #7 on: September 14, 2012, 10:56:13 PM »

he is ok now. But he know has fur missing from his tail. I'll be putting that in a different thread.
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