Greyson & his Malocclusion
I rescued a chinchilla -Greyson- August 1, 2009. I was told he was small, and would always be small. i weighed him weekly and he kept loosing weight. I got fed up with the lady telling me he would just be small and took him to my vet, who put him under and looked at his teeth. Turned out he had malocclusion, mostly on his left side. He filed the teeth down and took the Xray attached.
Immediately after his surgery he gained weight, (was no longer a cuddly chinchilla, but a active bouncing off the wall chinchilla!) and was happy.
He had his teeth filed again in August. And he has had consistantly runny left eye since this summer. I am worried that his roots may be affecting him.
Before his last surgery, when he ate, he would just turn his grain into powder. Since then he has gotten a little better. but still spends a large part of the day and night eating. he eats his hay, and his grain, and loves to chew on apple sticks.
He is still fairly active. But he is in a cage with a lazy 10 year old, and Greyson himself is about 5-7 years old. So they arent as crazy as the babies.
So, i really cant tell if hes in pain. He still eats, drinks, plays, and seems to have a good life.
I guess for me, when I see him like this (happy and active), I just can't put him down. But I just Dont Know if hes in pain.... tough decisions...
The Xray taken a year ago is the one posted. The one that was taken this aug didnt turn out well, something was wrong with their machine and it hardly shows up.
Also - sorry its not the best picture. I just took it in my room... its kinda blurry.