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 on: Yesterday at 06:18:11 PM 
Started by pippaaaax - Last post by pippaaaax
I have had my 2 chins a couple of months now and they are boys who are around 4-5 months old :) I know it takes time to build up trust with them but I was just wondering if anyone had any good tips? I often sit by their cage and talk to them, I let them out for playtime everyday now and they jump around everywhere :) I think they may be starting to get used to me but i gently try to give them a scratch under the ear once they have come to my hand and they really don't like it! help please :)

 on: Yesterday at 06:13:07 PM 
Started by pippaaaax - Last post by pippaaaax
I have been wondering if I should be giving my chins any sort extra vitamins like vitamin c or any of these immune system boosters etc? I feed them a good brand of chinchilla pellets, timothy hay and then sometimes a rose hip or goji berry. Any help from anyone is welcome :) Thank you!

 on: December 20, 2014, 10:04:41 PM 
Started by LollyDolly - Last post by Lori Ramsey Earle
Sometimes it's just an irritation from dustbathing. Wrap your chin in a small towel, exposing his face and neck. Have a warm wet washcloth ready, and gently clean around the eye. I've used preservative free human artificial tears to help clean as well, especially if the dust has caked close to the eye. You mention that Caspar is nervous chin. I think wrapping him in the towel might help him feel more secure, and less anxious. I had an epileptic chin once who seemed to relax more when he was in a towel wrap, when I had to give him meds. Just a thought.
The irritation could also be conjunctivitis, or your chin could have a corneal scratch. This, along with the other possibilities mentioned by other members, means a visit to the vet pronto. And no dust baths, like GrayRodent said - that's very important. An eye problem can't resolve if it's being exposed to dust regularly.

 on: December 20, 2014, 06:56:30 PM 
Started by LollyDolly - Last post by GrayRodent
I concur. If the eye doesn't improve my Monday see a vet. These kinds of issues are fairly common with chinchillas and they usually don't last more than 48 hours. I recommend withholding the dust bath for a few days as well. If it doesn't clear up by Monday you want to have an exam done to rule out problems that could be potentially life-threatening, mainly upper respiratory infection. I did this just a couple of months ago with mine and it turned out he didn't need treatment and it was nothing more than mechanical irritation. It was worth the peace of mind.
How is your pet doing otherwise, food intake, fecal output, and weight? Any signs of drooling, matted fur on the back or under the chin? Tooth problems are more likely to present with drooling and the animal being underweight. If you don't know if he's at a healthy weight your vet can tell you.

 on: December 20, 2014, 02:59:17 PM 
Started by LollyDolly - Last post by LollyDolly
Ah ok, thanks so much!

I'll keep an eye on it then and see what happens, if it's still the same on Monday then I'll get him to the vets.

Thanks again!

 on: December 20, 2014, 02:19:34 PM 
Started by LollyDolly - Last post by LYChinchillas
Could be simply some irritant got in his eye, such as dust or some type of debris. Should clear itself up in a day or so. However, eye issues could be a symptom of infection, tear duct issues or tooth issues. I'd suggest just monitor for a day or two. If it improves, just monitor for a chronic problem and then visit the vet. If it doesn't, vet - even if your chin is skittish, you'd rather have him healthy than temporarily uncomfortable.
One of my girls has a chronic tear duct issue that causes weepiness and sometimes causes the eye to seal shut. I use lukewarm water to ease it open very slowly and the issue is solved for several months. It's chronic, so I'm used to keeping a close eye on her.

 on: December 20, 2014, 02:09:48 PM 
Started by LollyDolly - Last post by LollyDolly

So today when cleaning out my Chins I noticed that my pink white, Casper, had his eye slightly closed.
Basically his eye is semi-closed and weeping a little bit, do any of you have any idea what could be causing this?

He's a very nervous Chin and tends to shake when you have to pick him up so I'd like to avoid the vets unless completely neccessary as I'm really scared as to how he might react and handle the stress. I feel like I'm between a rock and a hard place!
I have another Chin in a separate adjacent cage who is absolutely fine and bright eyed and bushy tailed.

So any advice or suggestions?

This is his other eye which looks absolutely fine!

 on: December 20, 2014, 10:02:01 AM 
Started by greenie12 - Last post by greenie12
Thank you  :)   looking for book now x

 on: December 20, 2014, 08:02:19 AM 
Started by greenie12 - Last post by GrayRodent
I recommend

 on: December 20, 2014, 04:26:44 AM 
Started by greenie12 - Last post by greenie12
Hi Veronica,

Thanks for the advice we will start to do this once setteled fully ,yep poops are fine solid and brown and do look like rice lol explained very well  :)

My daughter was at her nans last night so i was on fluffy duty  :) and she came bounding out of her currant cage stright onto bed and sat on me leg's ...i knew what was coming lol she started running around playing she seemed happy making litle "happy" squeek i call them,jumping off the wall etc and then jumped back up with me and sat on my lap watching my laptop pad then climbed up my arm and sat on my head again lol.....i will have to try and get pic no one belives me that she does it lol....only me not my daughter which is funny....we had a full hour of play and her bath dusting chewing her tubes etc and then she went back to her cage and snuggle in her hammock so i took this as her having enough and closed her cage to which she let me stroke her and i went to bed....she is so presious xx

Is there a chin book that can be recommended as information on the net is a bit mixed and i want to learn more same as my bearded dragons,even though fluffy is my daughters she another member of our family and i want to do right by her :)

Thank you for your advice again Veronica i am grateful xxxxx

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