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    Looking for prescription med for my sick baby

    I had to get slightly hysterical to convince them to fill it same day (they kept saying, 24 hours notice! And finally I was like, 24 hours ago you were closed!) But they did it and left it at the counter, and I drove out there and got it, even though I'm pretty sure I was lucky not to have...
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    Looking for prescription med for my sick baby

    So, the short version of this post is, I need a refill on Prednisone for Elena, and I don't know if any of these online pet pharmacies are reputable ... And it's apparently an unusual concentration that has to be ordered if you want it from Walgreens or Walmart, not one they keep in stock. (Also...
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    Syringe feeding Critical Care

    So I put in a whole update the other night, fell asleep and didn't hit post. When I woke up I didn't feel like typing it all again... Anyway, things have improved. Elena's home, she came home last Tuesday and has been eating CC for the last week, as well as nibbling alfalfa. Once in a while she...
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    Syringe feeding Critical Care

    I checked Elena into the vet hospital tonight. I got home and cried. No idea if I made the right decision. The vet tech tried to show me how to feed her, he tried to feed her, we tried burrito, no burrito, a smaller syringe, an even smaller syringe, we barely got any CC in her. Of course the...
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    Syringe feeding Critical Care

    I looked up baytril, it is a fluoroquinolone antibiotic. So I'm not going to be able to get her to eat while she's on it. It would have been really nice if they had warned me about this possible side effect. I kind of feel like they are basically giving me no choice but to hospitalize her, just...
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    Syringe feeding Critical Care

    She actually ate the CC the first night. Gobbled it up, in fact. She loved it when Tseng was sick, she used to steal it from him. I just tried mixing in some oats and some crumbs from their oat cookies, and offered it to her in her cage, no burrito. She picked out the oats. At least she ate...
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    Syringe feeding Critical Care

    Okay now Elena won't eat at all. I couldn't get a drop of CC in her this morning. Anything I was lucky enough to actually get into her mouth, she spit out. The vet originally recommended a hospital stay for her, but the idea of her being out of my sight and cared for by strangers makes me super...
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    Syringe feeding Critical Care

    So we had a "fun" adventure yesterday. We got to get in our carriers and take an hour long car ride to the vet! I don't think they thought it was very fun. Especially the vet part. But Cloud wasn't pooping properly. And Elena's urine seemed to me to be too dark in color. So the vet says she'll...
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    How do I fix a Lixit valve bottle?

    I have had this Lixit valve bottle - the blue flip top one - sitting around for months because water does not come out of it. Today I decided to take the valve apart to see if there is some mechanism I can loosen to let the water flow when the valve is pushed. Um. I can't find a way to get it...
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    Custom wood item

    I am looking for someone who makes custom wood items. My chins currently have a pretty flat play area, and Cloud loves to climb. I am thinking of a sort of pillar with ledges spiraling up it, or going up randomly to make for super interesting climbing. I want a hidey house around the base for...
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    My chinchilla sheds like crazy

    So I searched here for posts on shedding and combing and I'm a little confused by what I found. Basically Cloud, who is a little over 2 (I think) sheds like crazy. It does not appear to be seasonal because he's been doing it steadily for somewhere upwards of 6 months. He did not do this when I...
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    Switching cages with wood shelves between chins

    Thanks, good to know I don't have to do anything drastic. Danielle
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    Switching cages with wood shelves between chins

    So I'm thinking about switching Elena's and Cloud's cages. Elena's got the FN all to herself since Tseng passed about a year ago. Meanwhile younger, much more active Cloud has the smaller cage. Both have wood shelves, so my question is, do I need to do anything special to clean the shelves? I...
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    Chins not using wheel

    My pair wouldn't touch the flying saucer either, they were scared of being on surfaces that moved. (They wouldn't even use free hanging hammocks. Elena still won't.) I think it just depends on the chin. I gave their wheel to Cloud who was happily running in the first hour it was in his cage...
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    My chin as my suprise therapy pet

    I also feel that no one in my life understands about my chinchillas. My boyfriend doesn't like how messy they are and my mother and brother just don't concern themselves with them at all unless I'm out of town and they have to feed them. It's kind of lonely being the only chin person I know...
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    Forced picking up vs waiting it out

    My chin Elena despises being picked up. Or touched by my hands in any way. I've come to accept this over the course of a few years. Unfortunately this makes getting her into the carrier very difficult. The problem with picking her up to get her used to it is, I can't catch her. I've tried to...
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