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 on: Yesterday at 09:13:53 PM 
Started by Dex21 - Last post by GrayRodent
Totally agreed. A chinchilla should be left in the cage when you are not around. Something bad happened when you didn't see what was happening and you may have been able to prevent it if you'd have seen it. The next time the outcome might be deadly different.

 on: Yesterday at 01:39:12 PM 
Started by Dex21 - Last post by BLS Chins
This is going to sound harsh but you should never let your chin loose in any area unsupervised. They are great at getting themselves into trouble and dangerous situations. All it takes is one chew on the wrong toxic paint, or an electric wire and you have a dead chin. If your cage is large enough (2ft cubed) he doesnt need play time. Thats a myth started by pet owners. Over exercise can actually lead to a lot of health problems including heat stroke, seizures, low blood sugar, injury and even death.

The bald spots are likely fur slips from close calls during his loose time in your room. Keep an eye on the area for any swelling or flaky skin.

 on: November 28, 2015, 09:55:41 PM 
Started by Dex21 - Last post by GrayRodent
Typically when I post pictures I'll reformat them to 600x800 and export to a .jpg format. If you would like any help please submit your picture to me ( and I'll make sure it gets posted.

It sounds like your chinchilla may have got trapped somewhere and panicked to get out. It may have slipped some tail hair in the process. Tail hair can take 3-4 months to fully grow back. I wouldn't be too concerned as long as the skin looks normal. As far as the hind feet I'm curious to see it. Make sure the redness isn't something that can be washed off. Maybe it was transferred red varnish or something.

It's not good for a chinchilla to be out to wander through things like dressers and finished furnishings as coatings like varnish and lacquer can be irritating to skin and poisonous to ingest. Also wood that is not safe for chinchillas such as cedar can be irritating and toxic as well.

 on: November 28, 2015, 02:47:13 PM 
Started by Dex21 - Last post by Dex21
I am unable to attach the two photos I wished to share because it says the maximum size of a post can't be greater than 192 kb, does anyone know how I could share these photos into this thread?

 on: November 28, 2015, 02:45:32 PM 
Started by Dex21 - Last post by Dex21
Hey guys, so lately I have been letting my chinchilla Dex out of his cage to play through the night while I sleep (because I do not have time to let him out for 1-2 hours every day around 10pm -- but don't worry I stay awake with him for at least 45 min when I let him out!) however last night he was not in his cage when I woke up (like he usually is).  I spent all day looking for him in my bedroom and have just found him (it is now 3:34pm).  He hid inside of my dresser drawers (I found poop in multiple drawers) and is now back in his cage, but looks scared.  I examined him and he appears to have chafed his hind legs a little (they look red --> I'll attach a photo for a professional opinion).  Is this something serious that I need to look into or will he be okay?  I am getting rid of this dresser to avoid this from happening again but I want to make sure my little guy is going to be alright.

Side Question: I have noticed some missing fur at the base of Dex's tail.  I first spotted this about 2 weeks ago and it doesn't seem to have spread, however the fur is not growing back.  I am unsure how long is takes for a chinchillas fur to grow back fully however I wanted to attach a picture of this too for further examination.

Update: since I have been writing this he has started moving around his cage and is now eating some Oxbow pellets.

 on: November 26, 2015, 03:10:58 PM 
Started by NatalieP86 - Last post by NatalieP86
Good bye me beautiful little Lex, my snugglebutt. I will always love you so so much, I wish you didn't have to go. Your dad and I are so heartbroken we will never be whole again.

Goodnight my precious baby boy I love you so so much. I thought we were going to have many more years so many more snuggles.

Love you Lex with all my heart.

Love mummy xxx

 on: November 24, 2015, 01:00:04 PM 
Started by NatalieP86 - Last post by GrayRodent
My condolences. You really did everything you could do.

 on: November 24, 2015, 05:45:19 AM 
Started by NatalieP86 - Last post by NatalieP86

Alexei died this morning at 10.30am Uk time. He was 7 years old and my beautiful baby boy. We are devestated.

We saw him last night and gave permission for the vets to operate this morning. When they opened him up they found that he was riddled in cancer. They called us and asked us what we wanted to do and we told them to let him go whilst under anesthetic which is what they did.

We are at peace in the knowledge we did all we could for him and that he knew he was adored. We are going to get him and bring him home for the night, we are going to take clipping of his fur and prints of his feet so we always have a part of him with us. We will then take him to our vets and have him cremated.

Thank you for all your well wishes and advice.


 on: November 22, 2015, 06:45:48 PM 
Started by Robyn - Last post by Robyn
Thank you for your response. We have seperate cages but they were right next to eachother. We would take them out for play time together but we were always there in the room with them. It's fun to watch them play! We lost Zoe on Tuesday and we have been keeping an eye on him. He's eating and drinking normally and taking dust baths.

 on: November 22, 2015, 06:45:19 PM 
Started by NatalieP86 - Last post by GrayRodent
I'm very sad to hear that. It does sound like there may be hope still but your pet is in a precarious position. A foreign object obstruction still cannot be ruled out but the absence of stasis is promising. I think treating with antibiotics is the best situation at the time but keep in mind those will compound the digestive problems so there's a possibility it can get worse before it gets better.

Bloat is a condition where the bowels fill with gas, usually because digestion has been disrupted or slowed. The enlarged segments of the intestines press against the rest of the organs and can put kinks in the intestines that obstruct the bowels if it's not properly managed. The microbial organisms in the intestines must exist in specific ratios to ensure proper digestion. An infection in the intestine can change that ratio and account for the problems. It can be caused by feeding sugary substances, being poisoned by something, and some cases it can be brought on by extreme stress.

Have they done a fecal culture yet to check for parasites?

It sounds like your pet is in the best place right now. If he was at home you'd be hand feeding every few hours and not being able to measure the effectiveness of the treatment. It's a lose-lose situation in that regard.

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