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    Injured Hind Paw

    Yeah, once it's healed I would slowly increase the amount of other surfaces. I know the vet wants everything covered for healing but covering wood in fleece is not a good idea long term, if it gets wet you are going to have a mold or fungal problem since the fleece will trap the moisture against...
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    Injured Hind Paw

    Aside from trying the vitamin E, I would also look over the cage. Is everything covered in fleece? or do you have plenty of other hard surfaces (wood ledges, lava ledges, ceramic, stone, etc) for him stand and hop around on? Too much fleece can be bad for their feet since it doesn't allow the...
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    Smelly poop and low fiber

    Lack of fiber can definitely cause soft poops, but they shouldn't cause it to smell. The critical care has 21-26% fiber, where as timothy hay normally has up to about 30%, so it's not really low in fiber and there are a lot of chins that live off critical care for weeks or months at a time. If...
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    Wood shelves - big or small?

    For adult chins I would say you want them to be at least 4" x 2", but you can make them bigger depending on the space you have. The sizes and how many really depends on the cage you have and how you want to set it up. Mine range in size from the small lava ledges to the bigger cage width and...
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    Chin dust bath

    A few I know offhand in the US... You can get chill dust in bulk (from 1-50lb bags all the way up to a full truck load, lol), it's suppose to be the current best dust you can get. ChillDust: Bathing Dust for Chinchillas, Degus and Other Critters This place sells it as well ChillDust, 5 - 50 lbs...
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    Chinchilla not himself

    Well at 17 he is basically in his 80s so it's not really surprising that he would be having age related issues if that is what the issues is. Hopefully the pain meds give him some relief, I know I've heard some (and I think gabapentin is one of them) can take anywhere from a week to a month to...
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    Chinchilla not himself

    If his poops are small I would give some gas drops, it's not uncommon when giving meds for them to swallow air which leads to gas bubbles. I really don't have much advise otherwise though, my only real thought is since there was spots in his bladder could they maybe be bladder stones? Is he...
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    Gaining weight

    Unless he is having a hard time getting around his cage is probably fine. My guy is around 15/16 years old and his cage is pretty much the same as it's been since I bought the cage over 10 years ago (I do rearrange, add and remove things) he still gets around just fine. I do give him joint...
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    Gaining weight

    That doesn't really sound too good at all that the teeth are loose and they think they will fallout. :( Hopefully they don't end up falling out. That is not normally even for a middle age chin (8-10 is only around 50ish in human years), if they fall out that will require regular teeth trimming...
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    Gaining weight

    The problem with oats is they can be gassy, since chins can't easily pass gas it can turn into bloat which can be fatal. There are some that no longer even recommend them, or other grains as treats anymore do to the risk, and even when they were it was just a tiny pinch or about a few oats worth...
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    Fatty liver

    Ok just to start with, a proper diet for a chin over 6 months is an alfalfa based complete diet pellet, unlimited timothy hay, and water, treats can be given but should be limited to just a small amount a couple times a week. Also treats should not contain fruit, vegetables, seeds, nuts, sugars...
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    Ridiculous

    Odd I've never gotten a single e-mail asking for money and I've been on this forum to over 10 years :unsure:. The lack of response though is simply due to lack of people, this forum unfortunately isn't anywhere near as busy as it use to be. It can sometimes take a few days for someone to...
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    Is this excitement or pain?

    If the female is in heat that can cause the male to act different and excited, just because he can't see her doesn't mean he can't smell her if they are in the same room. If you are concerned that it could be something more a vet visit is your best bet. Also a side note, please do some research...
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    Chinchilla female stranger couples

    If properly bonded before caging them together then two females that are not related can get along just fine, but no it's not safe at all to just put two unrelated chins of either sex together without first bonding them. They are more territorial then males so they can be harder to bond then...
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    Mastitis in nursing Chin!

    I can't help with what drugs to use, but I know if you do go with milk replacement go with goats milk. It's the closest to chinchilla milk you can get, puppy and kitten milk is known to kill kits since it's the wrong kind of protein in it they can't digest it very well. However, if they are...
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