Loose stool?

Chinboys519

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Hi guys! Writing about my chin chowder. For a few weeks now his cage has been developing a strong odor which I refer to as “petting zoo” odor & im not sure if he’s got a loose stool. His poop is getting on his hut and the fleece as if he’s stepping in it and tracking it. He’s mosaic so his fur stains easily and was never perfect as he was a rescue. But does he have diarrhea? I’ve never experienced this before. My other chin is in the level above him (they’re separated, not friends lol) and there’s no odor on his level. Is it time for a trip to the vet ? He eats and drinks and has acted himself. Just making a big mess of his cage and the smell is throwing me off. I’ve never smelled it from any of my chins before. Thanks for the advice ! Also, his feet are dirty how can I go about cleaning them? Baby wipes ? :)
 

Nico

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What have you been feeding him or giving him for treats? How long has this been going on? Hay and pellets should be his main if not only source of nutrition, if he’s eating. I just ask bc I know my little one was
unknowingly given raisins and cranberries as a treat initially. Since she’s been with me it’s a clean oxbow diet with only occasional oat or oxbow hay treats. His feet I would just baby wipe like you said. Maybe ring it out first just to make sure it’s as dry as possible, so you don’t wet him unnecessarily...
 

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If you think he's got squishy poops try pulling his pellets for a few days and giving nothing but good quality hay for him to eat, along with his fresh water. No treats, no supplement, nothing but hay for 3 days. If it doesn't straighten up, then you've got more of a problem than a simple diet blip. As for his feet, yes, you can use unscented baby wipes to clean them.
 

Chinboys519

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Thank you! I just stopped treats & gave extra hay. I feed the boys oxbow pellets & hay. Fingers crossed!
If you think he's got squishy poops try pulling his pellets for a few days and giving nothing but good quality hay for him to eat, along with his fresh water. No treats, no supplement, nothing but hay for 3 days. If it doesn't straighten up, then you've got more of a problem than a simple diet blip. As for his feet, yes, you can use unscented baby wipes to clean them.
 

Chinboys519

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What have you been feeding him or giving him for treats? How long has this been going on? Hay and pellets should be his main if not only source of nutrition, if he’s eating. I just ask bc I know my little one was
unknowingly given raisins and cranberries as a treat initially. Since she’s been with me it’s a clean oxbow diet with only occasional oat or oxbow hay treats. His feet I would just baby wipe like you said. Maybe ring it out first just to make sure it’s as dry as possible, so you don’t wet him unnecessarily...
I feed my guys oxbow pellets and Timothy hay. I stopped giving him treats as of yesterday & im hoping that corrects it. He is acting himself through all this & has his usual hearty appetite. I think the biggest problem in my home is no communication. Everyone always thinks the chinnies need a treat!! Little beggars. (Lol) I give them the oxbow treats but scaling back regardless. Hoping this fixes our issue. Thank you!
 

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