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 on: Yesterday at 11:07:59 PM 
Started by susansu - Last post by susansu
Thanks Gray for reply.  My girl is still quite healthy the root are not overgrown.  I really do not want to give up.  I saw some posts saying with dental work chin with malocclusion problem can also live a long life...let me check and see if there is solution.  Thanks.

 on: Yesterday at 09:43:19 AM 
Started by susansu - Last post by GrayRodent
That's great. Thanks for sharing.

 on: Yesterday at 09:40:06 AM 
Started by susansu - Last post by GrayRodent
I've never heard of that before. Most veterinarians use isofluorane. Usually chinchillas with that kind of condition (malocclusion) will get worse and typically succumb to other complications.

 on: February 17, 2017, 11:35:20 PM 
Started by susansu - Last post by susansu
My poor chin girl got the genetic malocclusion she has to go for dental work for every 9 - 14 weeks.  She has done 11 times since 2014.  Now she has drug resistance and my vet has to use stronger narcotic ketamine.  I really worry what would happen if she continues increasing drug resistance.

I would like to know if there is any silmilar case like mine and if there is solution?  Thanks so much!


 on: February 17, 2017, 11:16:39 PM 
Started by susansu - Last post by susansu
That's a pretty big difference, 15% underweight. I have a feeling when your pet gets enough food these issues will resolve themselves.

Hi Gray, You are very right.  Let me update this post.  I came back home and stay to take care of my chin for about half a year.  I stop  oxbow critial care (there are fruit powder and molasses), changed her diet to Supreme brand and started giving her veggie (20% of her diet according to my Vet).  Her blood sugar drop significantly from 12+ to 9.6 and she starts gaining weight now up-to 545g.  Since she never shows the diabetic sigh: eating a lot, drinking a lot and loss weigh,  my vet said probably it is not dabetic now.

But now I have another headache thing.  I would like to open a new thread...

 on: February 15, 2017, 11:10:06 PM 
Started by cwornham - Last post by GrayRodent
Sounds like you're doing well. If they bite, or pull each fur out you should separate them permanently.

 on: February 14, 2017, 04:50:17 AM 
Started by cwornham - Last post by cwornham

We have had our first chin since November when we rescued him from a store. We did a lot of research and recently decided to get him a friend about 2.5 weeks ago as we know they are happier with a companion.

When then come out together they are usually very excited to see each other (we've been doing the side by side method for the last 2.5 weeks so they know each mothers smell etc) and then they start mounting and our new chin makes a noise as if to say 'leave me alone'. This only starts to happen after about half an hour playing nicely together.

 on: February 13, 2017, 11:13:50 PM 
Started by cwornham - Last post by GrayRodent
Can you describe what is happening? Are they biting each other? Pulling hair out? (This would be a serious problem)
Or are they just being noisy and mounting each other?
Chinchillas will get on each other's back and mount to establish a dominance order. It can take several days.
Before you do anything else please answer this question:
How long have you had these chins? What methods are you using to attempt to combine them?
I recommend the side-by-side method, where they are in the same room with the cages next to each other about 2" apart for at least 2 weeks just going through the normal routine. After that you can try to introduce them.

 on: February 13, 2017, 05:02:38 PM 
Started by cwornham - Last post by cwornham

We currently have a 1yr old and a 2yr old male and currently in the process of bonding them. Just when we think it's going well our 1yr old (who we've had the longest, will go for the other! Not sure wether it's trying to gain dominance or if he's just being horrible!

Any advice or extra information would be appreciated!

Thank you x

 on: February 11, 2017, 09:00:14 PM 
Started by shelverman - Last post by GrayRodent
A TOV chinchilla typically has much darker markings on the face and the tips. They will look very black and dark. I think you have a standard, perhaps dark phase but it's hard to say with the lighting. Standards have dark veiling on the back and top of the head, and a bright white belly.

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