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    Developing Aggression

    Thanks Stacie, I noticed the behavior all week, no spilled blood yet, but lots of cranky chinchillas. I trimmed everyone's whiskers and started housing Visa separately when I couldn't be there to supervise. Took them on a long car ride today (over an hour), during which they all sat in the...
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    Developing Aggression

    Hi All, I'm looking for some advice. I have 4 female chinchillas who live together in a very large cage. They have an hour or more of playtime nightly and have been extremely peaceful up until this point. I had to leave home for a few days, and although I had a sitter to provide basic...
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    I don't understand why she hates her bowl...

    Heya, You might want to check if she might have a tooth problem... one of my girls started digging & tossing her food and attacking the food bowl, knocking it all over her cage. It turned out she had hyperplasia of her gums so it was painful for her to eat, which is what triggered the...
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    Formula contradictions...

    Good info! It is good to know that there is such high success with a home recipe :) As I mentioned, I have not done chinchilla kits, but if a recipe is successful for people who do, then they're the people to trust! I was simply trying to demonstrate that one person's idea of a successful...
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    Formula contradictions...

    Hi! So I just wanted to chime in a bit about milk replacers, because it is a topic very near and dear to my heart... I am a wildlife rehabilitator and nutritionist, and part of my job is spent entirely on formulating milk replacers for various mammalian species we care for at my center...
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    Chin Foot Care

    Thanks guys. So do you check feet weekly/monthly/daily? Do you apply bag balm or E as preventatives (if so, how often), or do you just not worry about the feet until something shows up? Do I need to worry about the wide calluses at all, or are they pretty normal in chins of a certain age?
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    Chin Foot Care

    Hi everyone, I'm noticing that there is a significant amount of callus on my chins' hind feet (spreading horizontally from the main foot pad, like a little lip). One looked quite dry and cracked, so I've been putting some neutrogena chapped hand lotion on all their feet, just to see if that...
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    Just Curious...

    Mom is a mosaic out of a mosaic and a dark ebony, pa is a TOV md ebony out of a black velvet and a dark ebony according to her pedigree (if I'm reading it correctly). She doesn't have paw stripes, but the breeder I got her from thought she was probably TOV - maybe because of her mask? I'm not...
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    Just Curious...

    I recently got a little 3 month old ebony mosaic who is supposedly TOV (her name is Troi). How does TOV affect mosaic chins? Her face and chin are a little darker than the rest of her (which is freakin' adorable with her little pink nose; I attached a pic cause I couldn't help myself), but I...
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    why mickey died...

    Hey, no problem, I'm glad it helps - it certainly helps me! There is a lot of misunderstanding to the process, and if I didn't know how it works I would be even more scared and sad at an already difficult time. And although it is terrible to lose a loved pet, the euthanasia process is meant to...
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    why mickey died...

    I'm a CET (Certified Euthanasia Tech) and I just want to mention - it is unethical and in most states completely illegal under animal cruelty laws to do a cardiac injection of any kind unless the animal is under anesthesia at a surgical level (so deeply unconsious that the animal cannot feel...
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    Chin Chewing on Leg - Abcsess (Graphic pic)

    I'm really glad to hear that there is no bone exposed... whew! That certainly makes things less complicated! I know from experience that really scary looking wounds can heal really well, but you definitely want to watch it carefully. Were you able to get any better pain medication for her?
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    Chin Chewing on Leg - Abcsess (Graphic pic)

    You might want to look into Tramadol for the pain - meloxicam/metacam is great for swelling (it is an NSAID) but it is only moderately good for pain. Tramadol can be used in conjunction with the meloxicam, unless your vet has specific concerns. If your vet writes you a script, you can get the...
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    Musical Chin

    Lol, I guess I'm lucky, even when they're kinda pissy none of my chins have ever sprayed me! Thanks for the advice.
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    Musical Chin

    Yeah, almost exactly like that video! Only over the last 2 days now insert grumping at me whenever I talk... she did it again yesterday, no music playing before or after. I guess she just doesn't like the sound of my voice anymore! I must not be as aesthetically pleasing as music! In the...
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    Musical Chin

    Thanks! I've heard of leaving TV or talk radio on, but I haven't really heard anyone describe the kind of hyper behavior I see in her. She is the most pernicious of all my girls; I think she's a little smarter than the others. They leave doors to cupboards and the playroom alone, but once...
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    Musical Chin

    Hi All, I've got a bit of an unusual girl - she gets really excited when I play music. She runs around the room or her cage, sticks her nose through the bars, and gets almost hyperactive. I thought it was funny, and it didn't seem to be causing any problems, until recently. Yesterday, she...
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    Breaking the sorting habit

    Thanks guys... She never stopped sorting, even directly after the trimming, so I agree that it must be psychological. I will see if a different dish in a different location in the change does the trick. I can also break down the feeds a bit, but as I said, she does have cage mates and I...
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    Breaking the sorting habit

    Hi All! About 2 months ago, my chin Inca started to sort her food - picking up pellets and throwing them away, then digging through the dish and scattering the food all over her cage. I took her into the vet and voila! malo. She's had this problem once before, but this is the first recurrance...
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    Seizure/stroke/nerve damage??

    I'm not sure if it is the video angle or just the way she moves on that kind of flooring, but to me she actually looks more uncoordinated at the beginning, before she goes into the house. Almost like she was having trouble with her L side. If that wasn't just an artifact of the video, I'd be...
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