On Thursday night I came home to find my young male chinchilla, Wanzi, stuck in his cage. He is in a Martins cage, mesh is 1 x 1/2. The best we can figure is he fell asleep, he was in the top back corner, and his foot slipped through and when he woke up and tried to get out he got stuck. He managed to rub it down to the bone while struggling. I immediately rushed him to the ER vet just knowing it was broken, thinking the worst, that we'd have to amputate. The vet gave him a shot of anti-inflammatory, Vit C and antibiotics, took X-rays and put ointment on it and wrapped it. It's not broken, just badly injured. We've been giving him antibiotic (sulfa broad spectrum, after reading here I requested NO baytril) orally twice a day but he absolutely hates it and is now biting us so last night we took him back in and asked for injectables.
The bottom part of his foot is healing well, it's scabbing nicely and the swelling is down, but the back of what would be our ankle - the BONE is showing, so we have to keep medicine on it and "stimulate" it to grow back over. The bottom part is scabbed and looking good but he wouldn't quit trying to chew on it on the ride home so we went ahead and put more meds on it and bandaged it too. He's putting weight on it but not really using it. We let him out to run last night in the bedroom which I think made him a lot happier. I have been worried because all I can get him to eat is hay and oats - when I hand feed them to him - I am also trying to give yogurt but he hates that too!! (He's being a very uncooperative patient!) I'm going to keep him in the small cage and let him out every night, as we think that him trying to use it will also help it heal. The big part now is getting that skin to grow back over. I'll try to get some pics tonight if anyone wants to see.
If you got this far, thanks for reading!! I am feeling really guilty even though my SO keeps telling me there's no way I could have prevented it. I am starting to believe him, I mean, I have him in the best cage there is, supposedly, so it's just a freak accident, I guess. If any of you have any suggestions as to anything I could/should be doing differently, please let me know.