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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-14-2002, 12:17 PM
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Question Chin Grooming Himself

I have a male chin that was born June 25. (his pic is my avatar) His is missing his right forearm (his name is Lefty). He is so sweet and becoming wonderfully tame with me. I have noticed that every day when I get him out for play time he has a dirty nose on his right nostral. Every night we now have a ritual where I bring a small damp cloth with me and hold him and clean the dirty spot out of his nose. I am wondering if this may be just because he is missing his arm on his right side and therefore is unable to groom himself on that side. Could anyone confirm my thoughts? Its not wet or runny so I am not concerned. It is just a clump of black that wipes off fairly easily with a damp cloth.
 
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-14-2002, 12:37 PM
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Chinchillas keep themselves very clean so I tend to agree with you that since there is no paw for him to wipe his nose, that's why it's staying dirty. How kind of you!

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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-15-2002, 04:57 PM
 
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Very limber chinnies can sometimes scratch their noses with their back legs, but Leftie may not have figured this trick out yet. Also, missing the paw could throw off his balance and not allow him to use his back leg.

Maureen is missing her back leg (from an accident) and she still tries to use her stump to scratch itches. I think that it would interfere with her grooming a little, but her son and boyfriend groom the places she can't reach.

Hey, you were going to look at an ebony. Did you? Did you decide to keep Leftie your one and only?

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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-16-2002, 10:51 AM
 
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maybe if you found a way to attach and old wash cloth so he could rub his nose on it he would be able to groom those hard to reach spots
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-16-2002, 11:39 AM
 
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What a great way to bond with your Chin. I'm sure he likes it. I don't have any chins so no advice. Just dropping in to see what Chin owners do. Maybe someday.
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