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 on: Yesterday at 04:25:40 PM 
Started by dozla - Last post by GrayRodent
How much does the chinchilla weigh now compared to when you took it to the vet this week? This is going to tell you how much you need to supplement its diet if anything.

 on: Yesterday at 04:18:02 PM 
Started by mb30 - Last post by BLS Chins
Just treat it as a normal introduction on a new chinchilla. Im glad you where able to safely fix her. You have a very good vet to diagnose that and have a successful surgery.

 on: Yesterday at 04:16:03 PM 
Started by dozla - Last post by BLS Chins
If he is eating hay and his pellets, i would stop the syringe feeding. Are you weighing him to make sure he isnt loosing weight? CC is great but its best to only use it as needed. Chins love it but if they dont eat their regular food it can cause the molars to over grow, so it is for temporary use only. Make sure to watch his top incisors, now that the bottom one is broken off the top one may over grow till the bottom one grows back out to normal length and may need to be trimmed. Is there any gum disease or any sign of why the tooth broke off?

 on: Yesterday at 04:12:07 PM 
Started by CoconutBench - Last post by BLS Chins
I would keep them in the cage for a while till they fully settle into the new home. Stress can cause aggressive behavior. Are they in the same cage as before? If it is the same cage, that may be why they are not fighting since they already worked out who gets what sleeping spots and such. The fighting occurs only at play time? Does anything instigate it, such as one chin mounting another, dusting, treats...... Do you have multiple feed and water stations? Fighting can be due to stress or they may not like each other any more (which does happen from time to time). Do you have a spare cage just in case? If not i would get one to have on hand so if you need to separate them you are prepared.

 on: Yesterday at 04:06:09 PM 
Started by worrywart - Last post by BLS Chins
Have dental xrays been done? if not those need to be done before you invest in a dental to remove the spurs. Spurs are caused by improper husbandry or misalignment of the teeth. That may be secondary though to root problems. If the roots are affected in any way its best to euthanize. If its just spurs and the roots are fine, then a trim may fix the problem but its likely it will reoccur at some point. Malo is genetic but it can also be caused by injury and husbandry.  What meds are you giving? How much and how often are you syringe feeding? How old is the chin?

 on: Yesterday at 10:16:10 AM 
Started by Puffy Puff - Last post by Puffy Puff
Ideas to share

 on: Yesterday at 10:06:30 AM 
Started by mb30 - Last post by mb30
Yeah that is what i was thinking.
Her wound is completely healed up on the outside but i think i'm even going to wait another week.

I thought for sure she was dying right before my eyes when i got home from my job. It's crazy that she has pulled through.

She is definitely a fighter. She is pretty much back to normal now and running and jumping just fine. We just need to get some weight back on her. She is eating and drinking just fine.
It was a scary experience.

 on: Yesterday at 08:37:56 AM 
Started by CoconutBench - Last post by GrayRodent
Is your water dispensing? Are your food levels good? Have there been changes in environment? Is there a menstruating female around?

 on: Yesterday at 06:18:08 AM 
Started by CoconutBench - Last post by CoconutBench
We recently adopted a pair of 5 year old male chinchilla brothers who have been together since birth. We got them around a week ago and they seemed fine together when in the cage, and when out for playtime though there was a little mounting. Now every time we get them out they'll be fine for a while but eventually the larger one will start aggressively mounting the smaller one whilst he tries to run away. It's been getting more aggressive each time with last night's session resulting in growls and eventually a fur slip from the smaller chinchilla. When back in their cage they seem to be fine and sleep/sit next to each other often in confined spaces like their nest box/tunnel.
I was just wondering if this is normal in a new home/ if there's anything we can do or what the reason is. We're scared about them seriously injuring each other.
Thanks for any help.

 on: April 16, 2015, 04:02:09 PM 
Started by dozla - Last post by GrayRodent
Yes you can feed too much. If you overload his stomach it can cause him to aspirate into his lungs and this is deadly. This can also cause chemical imbalances in the intestines that can also be fatal. Follow the recommended dosing instructions from your vet. If you have questions on how to properly adjust the dosing consult your vet. Considering he is still eating his hay and pellets on top of that and you are not forcing it down I think you're safe. Chinchillas typically are self-regulating but still be careful. Feeding liquids is not a normal thing to do.

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