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 on: Today at 02:05:47 PM 
Started by LeapingLechuga - Last post by LeapingLechuga
I just wanted to say hello to everyone! I am not only new to the forum but also new to chinchillas. I recently took in a female chinchilla who was dropped off at the clinic where I work because she sustained a tourniquet injury to her back leg and her owner was not willing to pay to have her treated. She was left with no name or possessions (not even a carrier). So we have no idea how old she is but she seems to be a young fully grown adult. We have named her Scarlett (and we just adore her) and since I am a vet tech I am thankfully able to keep up with her bandage changes. Hopefully she will not have to have it amputated. But I wanted to introduce myself since I see lots of questions in my future   :)

 on: Today at 06:49:25 AM 
Started by Mannybilly1030 - Last post by GrayRodent
I bought a chinchilla on craigslist myself. Had terrible tooth problems that didn't show up until months later and I had him euthanized. I wasn't particularly sorry I got that one. He was a great learning experience because he was not tame and was difficult to work with.
If you go with a second-hand animal verify that its diet is correct. This is unlimited loose timothy hay and unlimited alfalfa based pelleted diet. This diet should not be the popular mixed diets with fruits and nuts in the pellets which can cause liver and tooth problems in the long run.
If the hair is not in good condition it can mean a number of things. It could be poor diet, habitual fur chewing, or a fungal infection. You'll want to have that diagnosed. Since you already have a pet I recommend a two week quarantine. Just keep the new chin in another room for two weeks and monitor its health. If it has fungus it will be less likely to spread to the others.

As far as neutering I don't recommend it at all. I know of three cases, one died, two were successful but suddenly stopped eating and had to be nursed back to health over a week after the surgery. One almost died and had to go back to the vet. Even if the surgery is successful you can still lose your pet from complications. You will have to monitor its food for three weeks and be prepared to syringe feed. Do not do this unless you have experience with caring for critically sick animals and are prepared to deal with morbid complications and the expense of multiple vet visits.

If you are up for the challenge that is fine too. I don't regret getting my chin from craigslist but now I personally would rather have a chin from a breeder that is hand raised and easy to work with going in, where I know its been cared for properly, and is unlikely to have genetic tooth problems.

 on: Today at 02:55:57 AM 
Started by Mannybilly1030 - Last post by Mannybilly1030
I recommend connecting with they are a solid reputable site.
I just found a breeder about an hour away from them. BUT! my mom found a lady giving up a female chin on craigslist (I never trust craigslist or kijiji but this lady seems very legit) that they no longer want and I seen pictures and feel bad because her cage is pretty bad. a bunch of plastic and what looks like pine shavings. her hair looks like its in bad shape probably from pulling her when she runs away but other then that the poos look healthy and no discharge from the eyes, nose, and mouth. i'm just hoping if I take this girl in her teeth are in good condition and her feet and hand pads. but if so as soon as possible i'm going to save up to buy her own FN because really the cage looks like its as high as 2 and a half feet. I have gotten her contact information and looking to get her to respond back asap because this chin needs a better home. and i'm going to do research on neutering chins as I have had a couple friends who's chins passed away from the surgery and most likely the anesthesia to so I just want to call some vets around my area and see who neuters chins. so I got this planned out if I pick the little girl up.

 on: Yesterday at 08:47:11 PM 
Started by Mannybilly1030 - Last post by GrayRodent
I recommend connecting with they are a solid reputable site.

 on: Yesterday at 06:35:48 PM 
Started by Mannybilly1030 - Last post by Mannybilly1030
Ive been looking for a Breeder, Rescue to Pick up another Chin for the Family. But i Have no luck! Ive tried rhe San Diego Humane Society that rescued about 400 chins and they have none. I dont know where to look. I dont Trust Craigslist or Kijiji. I dont want to go to Petco near me since the lady that knew and had chins herself transfered to another petco. And the petsmarts treat there animals like a door mat. If anyone lives in the southern area of california and knows of breeders around the area please let me know thank you

 on: Yesterday at 05:14:34 PM 
Started by ChiperDoodle - Last post by iSpi
When I had to syringe feed my chinchilla, she was more comfortable without a towel. She was harder to handle when she squirmed around, but I think when she saw the towel she would think of me restricting her. It might be best for you to have one though because of the broken leg. Maybe try to test it without a towel if you feel comfortable?

About feeding her with the syringe, I would take the tip of the syringe and put it at the edge of my chinchilla's mouth. She would try to move away , but I tried to keep her head steady. I tried to avoid putting the syringe straight into my chinchillas mouth in case I might have pushed out too much medicine at once, and I didn't want her to breath any of it into her lungs.

As for eating her normal food, my vet recommended softening the pellets in warm water and seeing if my chinchilla would eat some of that. She didn't, but it was an option. Make sure to switch that out often, because it can get messy and will go bad. I eventually had to put my chinchilla on Critical Care because she had stopped eating her food and drinking her water, but after a few days of that she started eating by herself again.

I agree with everything GrayRodent said as well.

 on: Yesterday at 03:07:15 PM 
Started by Cullen808 - Last post by GrayRodent
You may want to clean the rust with a wire brush or steel wool to remove any loose flakes that may flake off with the paint. Then spray over it.

 on: Yesterday at 02:59:42 PM 
Started by Heman90210 - Last post by GrayRodent
I'm very sorry to hear that. That is rotten.

I recommend you have it euthanized. I think it will work out better for you and protect your other pets. A weak and dying animal can contract sicknesses that can cause harm to your other chinchillas. I doubt it will die overnight.

It is people that are made in the image of God, not animals. Moral dilemmas are a lot easier to work out with them. It's hard to lose a pet that you are attached to but it is critically important to remember that distinction.

Rectal prolapse is often caused when there is something like a bowel obstruction, parasites, or chronic diarrhea that causes the animal to strain for a long period of time. Chances are there is something else has been going on for weeks. Be careful of your other chinchillas and make sure they stay eating and pooping normally. Consider the possibility that they could have been exposed to something. It doesn't mean they'll catch anything but if you find abnormally hard and small, or wet and sticky feces that lasts more than 24 hours you'll want to have a stool culture done just in case.

Parasitic infections generally respond well to medications but they can be contagious and deadly if left untreated.

I'm sorry for your loss.

 on: Yesterday at 12:52:45 PM 
Started by Cullen808 - Last post by kageri
It's not very loud.  It did kind of echo when it was upstairs so we heard it downstairs.  Now that everyone is downstairs I don't hear them except a small amount of noise when in that room.  Being powder coated it can be cleaned with anything in any fashion you want.  Every wheel is going to make some noise.  The quietest is probably a chin spin.  They are big, bulky, and expensive.  They might need some extra support to stick on the bars of some cages without breaking them.  However, they are very quiet and usually last longer than the life of your chin.   Occasionally very destructive chins do accomplish overly damaging the wheel.  It is a wood core with metal over it.  The original flying saucers that mount can be very loud and damage bars if you don't do some modifications.  At minimum the wheel has to be put at a height you can slide a piece of board under it to prevent bouncing.  Some also run a board down the outside of their Critter Nation to attach to instead of relying on the wires because flying saucers are the most common ones to break cn bars.

 on: Yesterday at 12:33:45 PM 
Started by Heman90210 - Last post by Heman90210
I got the cage, but it was too little to late. By the time I had the cage ready, it had contracted intestinal prolapse (she pooped her intestines). I contacted the vet and they want 500-600$. I can't afford that. I am in a moral dilemma. Should I let it live so it can ride it's last days in it's cage? Or should I kill it and spare it's suffering?

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