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 on: Today at 10:28:22 AM 
Started by mallerydr - Last post by mallerydr
I just bought the oxford brand you told me to get. i just geld some in my hand to see if she would eat it ad she did. I mixed the two foods together and we'll just see how this goes and I took away all her treats so people cant get to them and i'll let them know as well. I also bought her a bunch more toys to chew on, thinking maybe she is bored and I'm going to schedule a vet apportionment her shortly just to make sure.

 on: Today at 09:50:49 AM 
Started by mallerydr - Last post by mb30
Charlie chinchilla food is not good either from what i have seen people talking about.
Can you order the oxbow pellets online?

Please remember to change the food slowly...over days. Put a little of the new food in at first and then gradually increase until it's all the new food.

Tell your family to stop giving raisins or your chin will not be very healthy.

 on: Today at 09:27:25 AM 
Started by mallerydr - Last post by mallerydr
Thank you so much for your help. Ill change her diet asap. I just got back from the pet store, but ill head over again soon. So you recommend that I buy the type of food that is just the pellets?Do you know anything about the Charlie Chinchilla brand of food?

 on: Today at 08:17:39 AM 
Started by mallerydr - Last post by GrayRodent
No you will want to find a veterinarian that specializes in exotic animals. If you find there are none in your area find someone that sees rabbits. Most cat and dog vets won't see exotics.

I did look up the tropical carnival chinchilla food and I strongly recommend you change its diet ASAP. This is not a suitable diet for chinchillas and may be a big part of your problem. A veterinarian should be able to tell if your pet has an enlarged liver which can be caused by this type of diet and present with these symptoms.

Chinchillas do best with a very bland diet of loose timothy hay that is supplemented with pellets. Different hays can be substituted but pelleted diets must be chosen carefully as many marketed toward chinchillas are quite detrimental to their health. I personally recommend Oxbow Chinchilla Deluxe but many high quality diets exist as well.

A proper pelleted diet does not have treats or sweets in it and does not contain nuts or seeds or variety that your pet can pick out of the diet. Transitioning takes time. Mix your food in stages over 10 days and you should have better results. During this time feed no treats. Raisins can cause diarrhea if your pet is given more than two a day. Any dried fruits or treats should not have a total mass that exceeds that of two raisins in a day or you risk digestive problems and malnutrition. Your pet may stop eating its pellets at first which is okay. Make sure it doesn't run out of hay.

Considering your history of loose stool you may want to have your vet do a stool culture as well and make sure it is free of parasites.

 on: Today at 07:45:59 AM 
Started by mallerydr - Last post by mallerydr
here is another picture. And I am not sure if anyone knows but, so most vets take care of chinchilla's?

 on: Today at 07:40:55 AM 
Started by mallerydr - Last post by mallerydr
I tell my family members not to give her so many rasins but they think because she likes them they can have a lot of them. I'm going to hide them so they can not give her anymore. I meant to say the name of the food, i forgot. Its Tropical Carnival for chinchillas. It said it was natural and when i tried to change her food her poop got very moist so I just kept getting the tropical carnival. That incident happened about a year and a half ago. Its just weird she seems so happy and excited all the time when i go check on her.I check her teeth and feet and exam her myself to see if there is any noticeable signs but i dont see any.  I am trying to get a hold of some veterinarian clinics that do care for chinchillas at the moment.

 on: Today at 06:13:14 AM 
Started by mollo713 - Last post by GrayRodent
Welcome to the boards. I hope we'll meet up to your expectations.
Since you are a breeder I encourage you to sign up with our free chinchilla breeder directory.
I know the directory is not in good shape right now but I am currently in the process of refurbishing our website.

 on: Today at 06:04:23 AM 
Started by mollo713 - Last post by GrayRodent
I strongly recommend obtaining chinchillas from a breeder that have a pedigree if you wish to breed them. Rescue and pet store chinchillas may carry genetic defects that can be propagated and can be detrimental to the chinchilla gene pool as well as devastating to pet owners who have obtained pets with genetic diseases. Pet store chinchillas often come from breeders who sell them at low prices because they are low quality, and rescues may be inbred or even sick because the owner had no clue about taking caring of it. (happened to me).

I also recommend checking out the Mutation Chinchilla Breeder's Association ( and stay within their guidelines for mixing colors. Like dogs, just because you can breed any dog, doesn't mean that you should. The Chinchilla Club encourages all breeders to strive to attain the highest quality possible for pet chinchilla lines. If there is any information I can help you to locate please let me know.

Hope this helps.

 on: Today at 02:35:52 AM 
Started by mallerydr - Last post by mb30
Too many raisins is not good at all for them.
Also...when you say she has been eating the same food for two years...what food is it?
It might just be the way the picture was taken but your chin isn't looking very healthy...

 on: Today at 01:19:17 AM 
Started by GrayRodent - Last post by LYChinchillas
My girl has chronic tear duct issues (I thought perhaps tooth problems initially, but vet cleared that), and it recurs every two months or so, but overall it's manageable. From time to time, the others get some irritation, but that's exactly what you mentioned - some small environmental irritants that clear up in a day or two. Eye problems are a huge worry and I can only imagine how frustrated they get when their eyes are irritated.. glad to hear he's fine!

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