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Old 04-27-2011, 07:58 PM United States
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I just found my chinchilla limping today. Does that mean her leg is either broken or sprained, hopefully the latter? She is extremely active always wanting to play out of the cage and only let's you hold her for about 30 seconds before she's jumping around my room. When I come near now she just sleeps on her wheel and when I try to get her she tries to gingerly get away slowly. She still actually runs for a short while on her wheel but I can see that she's not putting her left hind leg down. When she sleeps still her hind leg is tucked in closely to her body. I took out all of the shelves in her cage and just left the wheel in. If you think I should also remove the wheel please let me know. I plan on taking her to the vet tomorrow as I am really worried. I have tried not to hold her too much because I don't want to make it anymore uncomfortable than it is or cause anymore damage. So I just wanted to know how likely it is that she broke her leg and if there's anything else I can do for her until she goes to the vet.
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Old 04-27-2011, 08:26 PM United States
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it is possible for her to have broken her leg in her cage yes--she could have fallen and broken it. The only way you would know for sure if it was broken is to take her to the vet. What you should do is keep her from jumping or leaping on any ledges until you know for sure. I would also take out the wheel as she shouldn't be running on it if she has a broken leg. What type of wheel do you have in the cage? It's possible she could have been injured on the wheel if it's not chin safe.
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Old 04-27-2011, 08:40 PM United States
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I have a chin spin that's 15 in. Should I take out the wheel she seems to like sleeping on it now since she used to sleep on the uppermost shelves?
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Take the wheel out. She shouldn't be running. Her leg needs to just rest right now.
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I'm not positive but I would think with a broken leg she wouldn't be able to run on it enough to get the chin spin moving fast. Is she still limping?
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Old 04-27-2011, 09:00 PM United States
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She only ran on it for about 5 seconds. Right now she hasn't moved from the wheel and is resting on it. I'm pretty sure she's still limping because she's still in the same spot when I checked earlier.
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Old 04-27-2011, 09:10 PM United States
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If you just noticed the limping tonight you need to make sure she sees the vet tomorrow, until then she needs to be kept still and calm to stop moving on it. I understand she likes to sleep on the wheel but I would be concerned with her running on it while injured.
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Old 04-27-2011, 09:18 PM United States
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the jumping on and off the wheel is just like jumping on and off a ledge. It can cause further damage even if she couldn't move the wheel.

I would also try to keep her confined if you had a smaller cage or carrier, but be advised some chins can chew out of a plastic cat carrier within an hour or so.
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Old 04-27-2011, 09:31 PM United States
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Yes she is still limping but now she won't even put down her leg like she did earlier. The floor is fleece so I just moved the wheel all the way down so now it is immobile. She still likes resting in it im not sure if the curve of it allows her to put less pressure on it but she keeps going back to it i think it might be the most comfortable spot for her. I also moved her water bottle about half the height it normally is so she doesn't have to stand completely upright to drink. When I came up she was eating some hay and ate a few pellets. I also gave her a bit of chinchilla life line which she gobbled up really fast. Unfortunately I don't have smaller cage and our carrier is completely plastic and she already does like to bite the holes and it's hard to attach the water bottle to it.
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Old 04-28-2011, 04:57 AM United States
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so this morning she was feeling a little better. I actually put up a short piece of fleece about 2 ft high to section of the cage to make it a little smaller so she would be less mobile. I woke up a few times to find she jumped over it to the other side and even jumped on top of her wheel. So I used more fleece to cover the top so she would stop climbing the sides to get over. So I'm guessing she's feeling better now because she didn't even try to jump anywhere last night, but she still is limping just the same as before. I'm going to try to take her to the vet as soon as my 2pm class ends.
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