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Claire D

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    Formerly Slave to Lord Montague
  • Birthday 06/15/1968

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  1. Some members have been receiving the following error when trying to change the details on their profile. The error message was: I've contacted Tech Support & they have (hopefully) fixed the issue so you should be able to change/update your profiles now. Please let us know if this problem occurs again.
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    Unfortunately it is time to upgrade the forum software. I have resisted upgrading for as long as possible but the forum is being bombarded by spammers & the new software has much better spam filters. I am deleting about 100+ accounts a day which is a complete PIA. The forum will be down for about an hour & I will try to get it up & running again ASAP. Thank you for your patience.
  5. The Basics A chinchilla who undergoes any operative procedure requires careful pre and post-operative care. Immediate priorities when a chinchilla returns from a surgical procedure are: Pain relief Fluid replacement Eating Shock Incision (wound) monitoring The importance of post-operative pain relief for animals who have undergone any surgical procedure cannot be over-emphasised. Sadly, anecdotal evidence shows that there are instances when post-operative analgesia (pain killers) have not been prescribed for chinchillas. Lack of adequate pain relief, shock, and separation from famili
  6. Absolute Essentials A recent trawl through various forums/websites has revealed that the same problems occur more often than others - namely lack of appetite or total lack of eating, diarrhoea, and pain (bites/gut/tooth problems usually). There do seem to be some essentials which seem to be necessary again and again. Please note I am NOT suggesting home treatment for chinchilla illness - these items are essential UNTIL one can get veterinary treatment AT THE FISRT OPORTUNITY I think there are 5 items which are absolutely essential for any chinchilla owner to have on standby at all times.
  7. Hand Rearing Chinchilla Kits - Alternative Approach There are some excellent articles/website which contain information regarding hand rearing chinchilla kits. What is presented here is an alternative approach to the usual methods of hand rearing. The formula I have used successfully with kits which required hand rearing or supplimenting is one favoured by many breeders.The ingredients are as follows: One part evaporated milk Two parts cooled boiled water One drop of Abidec or other children's vitamins One small pinch of glucose It is also possible to a tiny pinch of probiotics t
  8. Quarantine & Chinchillas Whenever a new chinchilla is purchased there is great excitement and a huge temptation to "cut corners" in quarantine and introduction regimens. Lack of proper quarantining can lead to problems which can range from relatively minor to potentially fatal. It is essential that the proper precautions be observed whenever a new animal is brought into the herd. Quarantine: All new chinchillas should be quarantined away from other chinchillas or pets in a completely separate room for 12-16 weeks (16 weeks is the optimum quarantine period). 8 weeks is the absolute min
  9. Exercise & Chinchillas We all love to see our little furry friends bouncing about outside the confines of their cages - there is nothing nicer than watching a chinchilla explore it's environment with all the energy they possess. However exercise is an area where careful animal husbandry is essential. It is important to find out whether the chinchilla has been used to exercise in order to properly plan a safe exercise regimen. A chinchilla who has come from an environment where they have not received free (i.e. out of their cage) exercise will not be physically capable of extended periods
  10. Bloat is classed as a true medical emergency. It is a painful, often fatal condition caused by the build up of gas in the stomach and intestines. It can be accompanies by twisting of the gut or bowel. It is essential that a chinchilla with suspected bloat is assessed and treated by a veterinary professional immediately. Waiting for symptoms to disappear or trying home remedies are not appropriate - the vet needs to see the chin ASAP. The medical term for bloat is torsion, gastric torsion, and gastric dilatation-volvulus (GDV) when the stomach is also twisted. Signs and Symptoms of Bloat.
  11. Basic Wound Management For Chinchillas Every chinchilla owner will, at some point, come across a wound on their pet – these can range in severity from superficial wound such as a scratch, or a cut lip/nose, to the more serious nipped toe (some chins have had their toes nipped clean off by another chin) to bumblefoot, or surgical wounds, tumours, and abcesses. The correct care of such wounds is essential to minimise/prevent the risk of infection and to provide the optimum environment for healing. Research into wound healing has taken place for many years – the following is based on such rese
  12. I've been noticing that there is a lot of confusion at the moment surrounding the charcoal mutation and it's derivatives so I thought I'd try and address the topic in what I hope is a clear, concise manner (besides which, I love talking about charcoals so this is the perfect excuse ). The Charcoal Mutation. Charcoal is a recessive mutation - it acts in the same way as (for instance) violet and in its pure state, when mated with a good quality standard the offspring will have pure white bellies. Any offspring with dull or dirty bellies indicates ebony inlfuence and the "charcoal" is not pur
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