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  1. Kaston

    Soft Cut Hay- long term effects?

    Hi Amethyst, thanks for your response! Yes so the free sample is what I tried her with, I put a bowl of soft cut and a bowl of the blend in her cage and the next day the soft cut was completely gone and the blend was just picked at a tiny bit, I might even order those 2 and try mixing them...
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    Soft Cut Hay- long term effects?

    Hi all, My chin has always preferred pellets over hay. I’ve heard many times on this forum that “the best hay is the one your chin will eat!”. I recently ordered a sample box of different hay types, and my chinchilla absolutely LOVES the “soft cut” variety, this is the link...
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    Giardia, how long can I wait?

    That’s the d Thats the same as me! My vet even had a whole chinchilla page on their website and yet as soon as we had issues they weren’t “specialists”. I’ve heard of Ben-e-bac, I give my girl acidophilus probiotics which she seems to get on well with but thank you for the recommendation! I...
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    Giardia, how long can I wait?

    Aww that sounds horrible! So glad he’s healthier and happier now. I had a similar issue when I first got mine and she was on critical care, so when I noticed gas I immediately tried everything I could think of, but she seems 95% fine like yours! My vets are the exact same, not sure where you are...
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    Giardia, how long can I wait?

    Ahh I see. I just realised a couple of days ago that my chins symptom onset (stretches, gassy poops) started a few days after I switched her over to some different food (Science Select), I made the switch slowly and because I heard that this was the gold standard food here in the U.K. but now...
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    Giardia, how long can I wait?

    Hiya- sounds like a very similar issue. I sent a sample of my girls faeces off to a lab to check for giardia/parasites/infections, and it came back negative for everything! Do you mind me asking what brand of pellets your boy is on?
  7. Kaston

    Giardia, how long can I wait?

    Thank you for the info and advice Amethyst! Relived to know that she should be fine to wait. In your experience, does the picture I uploaded indicate to you more parasites or gas?? This is my first chin so i have no frame of reference and there are disappointingly few chinny poop pics online!!
  8. Kaston

    Giardia, how long can I wait?

    Hi all, after some back and forth with my vet around potential bloat, I took my chin to the vet and they said she felt fine and he couldnt feel any gas in her tummy. I’m still not happy because I can tell there is something wrong in the way that she is behaving, I’ve taken her off all medication...
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    Bloat- How long should it last?

    Hiya- I took her to the vets again yesterday. He felt her tummy and said he didn’t think she was bloated anymore and couldn’t feel any gas, so he wasn’t concerned. The problem however is that her tummy is still gurgling, she is still stretching periodically, and now I have noticed that some of...
  10. Kaston

    Bloat- How long should it last?

    Thank you, this is so helpful. I have dried dandelion to hand so I’ll use that with the simethicone instead, and turns out I’m giving her far too much! If it’s only 0.5ml I can probably get that into her with a syringe. I will completely stop with the oats and shredded wheats, I fear that’s...
  11. Kaston

    Bloat- How long should it last?

    No she used to be on a different pellet, but I researched that the science selective was the gold standard here in the UK so I switched her over very gradually and this was a few weeks ago, so I don’t see that that should be the issue. The issue with treats is that the only way I’ve been able to...
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    Bloat- How long should it last?

    and in response to exercise she comes out twice a day, she gets at a very minimum an hour of running around per day
  13. Kaston

    Bloat- How long should it last?

    She eats science selective pellets and Timothy and alfalfa hay seeing as she is still growing I give her a bowl of each, but was planning on gradually phasing out the alfalfa soon. Treat wise I’m obviously giving her barely anything at the moment but usually it’s just oats and rosehips and...
  14. Kaston

    Bloat- How long should it last?

    Hi all, first time posting. My little Lima (6m, Female) has been suffering symptoms of gas/bloat. She has been pressing her hips and belly to the floor periodically and rolling and stretching lots, as well as passing droppings with small gas bubbles/shiny bits on them. I also heard gurgles...
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