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Runny nose and congestion (Chinchilla)

Question:
I took in a chin last week that no one wanted. Thankfully I have kept her separated from mine, because yesterday she developed a running nose and sounds somewhat congested. Without spending a fortune on her what can I do? Thankfully I have never had any health issues with my chinchillas therefore I have no experience dealing with sick ones.


Answer:
She might need some antibiotics to help her fight it off. I know you said you did not want to spend a fortune, but I would bring her to a vet immediately since respiratory problems can often be fatal to a chinchilla if not treated properly.


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i would say if she has a runny nise and sounds congested you should take her in..............when they get sick with respiratory problems they are like little kids and their status can change rather quickly.....you could wait a few days and see what happens......but i think i would err on caution here and take her in and get some anti biotics going....my linus had runny poops but being a nurse I know that 90 % of runny poops is due to viral infections and not bacterial....as for respiratory problems........50% is bacterial and the other is sue to viral....but they can end up in a lot of trouble really quickly


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I agree. Most of the time when those symptoms appear in chins, they indicate a respiratory infection. Do you have a qualified vet? Pleas make sure that the vet does NOT give you anything derived from penicillin (amoxil, amoxillin, clavamox). They are DEADLY to chins. Baytril is usually the drug of choice and I *think* the dose is usually around 0.1cc twice daily. Good luck.


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Candice you are right that's exactly the dose I gave Tinsel after her sugery.


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Hehe, I guess I know more than I think.


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Moving this to the archive


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hmmm,,,I guess I missed this,,,
so how is the chin doing melissa???


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Chin is doing wonderful. A little tlc was all it took. I gave her some Cipro too.


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Cipro? I thought Cipro was used for fungus infections. It is a very heavy-duty antibiotic and even though it gets rid of bad bacteria, it also disrupts the good bacteria in the gut. Did your vet prescribe this?
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