Well I got my cute little Chinchilla about 2 days ago now, when I arrived to pick him up (I adopted him from a girl I knew from High-School) I found out that he had a cage mate who had died 2 days before I picked this one up. She said he was in good health as far as she knew, but couldn't afford food for him. This led to me thinking it's possible that the other Chin starved to death. He seems very, very, very skinny. But the Chins i've held at the pet shop I work at i've only held with gloves, because a lot of times we get in abused Chins that are biters, safety first. So I can't honestly say I -know- how they should feel. I can feel his backbone, ribs, and rest of his bones prominently.
This is my first Chin, as soon as I heard it needed help though I was willing to look things up about them and do what I can to help it.
Well anyhow, I haven't messed with it much, so it wouldn't get nervous. I've got him quarantined in a room all by himself in a cage of course. He has Timothy Hay and a supply of Chin Pellets, I believe Mazuri brand. It's from the pet shop I work at, I just can't remember but Mazuri is the brand we stick with there in general. Finally he calmed down today, no more barking at me. He let me come in the room stand by the cage and even come up to the door, so I pet him. Today I also put a dust bath in for him to use, left it in while he used it then took it out after he was done.
Now, the question. And i've been googling and reading all kinds of things, the Chin earlier had kind of, crusty stuff on the fur around his eye. So I kinda helped him clean that off, and now I just got home and his eye is completely closed and he won't open it.
What should I do? Is this a serious vet emergency? he's 5 years old by the way. I've been doing my best to not stress him.