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 on: Yesterday at 01:33:25 PM 
Started by BuckaChin - Last post by GrayRodent
Sounds like you're doing a lot of things right. If it were diet related you probably would have seen issues years back. If it is age-related that is harder to say since you don't know the age. The x-ray is a little hard to read since the technician's hand is under the head and it wasn't set up to get a good image of the skull. If you have a good head xray please post.
From a purely practical standpoint chinchillas are not usually treated for internal problems which makes it difficult to find information. Most people will not go through the expense of managing an internal problem long term. It is definitely internal and it is most likely going to require blood tests to make a diagnosis. The best thing you can do is have your vet consult with another exotic vet who has experience. Your vet may be able to do the tests and have the other vet interpret the results.
If fecal and urine output are still low you will need to syringe feed per your vet's instructions. The breeder may be interested in the results as well if it turns out to be a genetic defect. It is extremely dangerous for chinchillas to not eat. Their digestive system is very sensitive and it can shut down easily.
In your case it may be a symptom that your pet is actually dying of organ failure so consider carefully how aggressively you want to treat this ahead of time. I'm very sorry to see this but I hope your pet will get better and not worse.

 on: Yesterday at 11:49:57 AM 
Started by BuckaChin - Last post by BuckaChin
First of all, thank you for taking time to read this.

1. We saved her six years ago from chinchilla farm (they kept her for her fur), don't know how long she's been there.
2. Mostly pellets and hay and some treats
3. He said that there is nothing wrong with her teeth, but considering that he is no expert for exotic animals don't know is he right about that (we don't have any experts in country that can deal with this kind of animals)
4. We give her hydration salt twice a day by vet recommendation
5. No, she never chew anything but real food
6. This is second week that we are dealing with this, day after tomorrow we are going to the vet again and see what to do next.

 on: January 22, 2017, 10:54:37 PM 
Started by alaskapoppy - Last post by GrayRodent
That explains some things and I've heard of this happening before many times. I think it's part of the personality traits of certain chinchillas but not all.
Chinchillas tend to be highly stressed when they are relocated and it usually takes about two weeks for them to adjust. Until then they do not exhibit their normal personality.
When they are handled and allowed outside of the cage during this adjustment period it can greatly increase this stress and make them feel very insecure. They need to be approached gradually and not all at once. I suggest leaving her in her cage (except for the weekly dust bath and whatever you need to do to clean the cage) and interact with her only through the bars of the cage, or the door of the cage for two weeks. So if she runs away don't go in after her. But if you stay still for a while most chinchillas will come back. Take this one in gradual steps and gain her trust before taking her out to play and interact and do not chase her in the cage or grab her. Do not approach her from above with your hand and make only deliberate movements. Just be extra careful for a while and I think you'll see improvement and be patient. It can take weeks or months. Your pet is just not as outgoing as her cage mate and you're going to have to socialize her differently or you may end up with an aggressive chin.
Your hamster is inconsequential. Signs of fighting include big tufts of hair scattered around the cage. Should be pretty obvious and if you should ever see this in the future be sure to separate them permanently.

 on: January 22, 2017, 10:46:04 PM 
Started by swimgirl1995 - Last post by GrayRodent
Sounds good. I think if you stay on top of it you'll do well.

 on: January 22, 2017, 10:45:24 PM 
Started by BuckaChin - Last post by GrayRodent
I'm very sorry you are going through this. I don't think there is anything that can be done but there are others here who are more experience and may be able to provide answers with more information. You need to get this one assessed for hydration by the vet. If there is no urine you're probably looking at severe dehydration that will require intensive care and proper treatment. Synringe feeding will be necessary if she has gone of her food per your vet's instructions. I recommend critical care. However unless there is a way to diagnose the problem and treat it I urge you to set your limits on how far you wish to go in advance. I think there are a number of symptoms that are pointing to heart failure and I've never heard of that being managed in a chinchilla before.

1. How old is she?
2. What was her diet like before this?
3. Has the vet made any comments about the teeth? I'm not an expert but it looks like there are considerable abnormalities in the skull.
4. Have you given this one supplements such as salt or minerals?
5. Could the chinchilla have been poisoned by something perhaps gotten into something outside of the cage? Or electrocuted?
6. How long have you noticed this? How quickly has this progressed?

 on: January 22, 2017, 01:33:33 PM 
Started by alaskapoppy - Last post by alaskapoppy
I've had them for a week and a half now and I bought them as a couple so they are together in the cage. There are no signs of fighting. I have a hamster which is in the same room but his cage is in the other side of the room.

 on: January 22, 2017, 10:49:22 AM 
Started by swimgirl1995 - Last post by swimgirl1995
Thank you for the replies. As of right now, Vincent is eating normally as well as drinking and pooping. His energy level seems to be back to normal as well, which seems great. I am still keeping a close eye on him and following the vet's instructions carefully. There is still one week and two days until the antibiotic will be done and I realize that anything can happen in that amount of time. I will still try to obtain some critical care just in case. I am hoping that Vincent continues to improve, and am still keeping a very close eye on him for any possibility of him going downhill.

 on: January 22, 2017, 03:13:20 AM 
Started by BuckaChin - Last post by BuckaChin
Dear friends, for last few days we are having the battle for life or death with out loving chinchilla.

Is there anything we can do to help her.

It' female chinchilla six years old, saved from a chinchilla farm. She is with us since then and never had any healt issues till now.

We have notice that she is getting big under her neck and front legs, at first we thougt it is fat because she is eating much but it seems that it is not.

Also we noticed that she is not peeing anything and also doing just a little poop.

We took her to vet, but all vets we have here have no experience with chins, they do an x-ray and said that she has enlarged heart and edema in neck area with suspicious in liquidotorax.

They threat her with edemid 40 mg, two times daily 1/8 of the pill.

You can see an x-ray picture in the attachment.

 on: January 21, 2017, 08:09:42 PM 
Started by swimgirl1995 - Last post by GrayRodent
You probably don't want to hear this but based on URI cases that I've seen on this board in the last four years recovery is possible but the risk of fatality is very high. Although in your case you are seeing improvement, which is a good sign it's not over until the symptoms are gone and the full course of antibiotics is complete. Your most important goal is to maintain digestion and nutrition which can be difficult because of the antibiotics. Most chins are okay but some can react very badly to them.

The meds are critical to fight the infection and must be given based on your vet's instructions carefully and without fail even if your chin improves. If digestion fails so does nutrition and your chances of recovery so monitor that closely. I wouldn't be worrying too much about sanitizing until the end of the course of antibiotics. Then sanitize like crazy. Weigh your chin and keep track. If you suspect there is a downturn call your vet. Have a recovery diet, supplies, and instructions for syringe feeding on hand just in case.

 on: January 21, 2017, 07:55:03 PM 
Started by Avakumov - Last post by GrayRodent
If you have trouble uploading the photo feel free to send it to and I'll make sure it gets posted.

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