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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 05-10-2004, 08:16 PM Thread Starter
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Heat Stroke

Here it is early May and I just got my first call of the yr on a young chin with heat stroke. "She's lethargic, she's not moving, oh my what do we do , she's just a baby, Help" cried the frantic voice on the phone!

Don't let this happen to you or your friends or customers. Be firm about the air conditioning temp. Let them know with out air conditioning , THE CHIN WILL DIE!!!!

Treatment: Place the chin in cool water upto the neck, place the animal on a towel and let a fan blow directly on her until she come to. Talk to her softly, let her know you are with her. Then place the animal in a very comfortable temp with low humidity and let rest for a full day without play time. Visit your chin often , talk to her. Make sure the chin is eating and drinking.


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Aww poor thing!


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Thanks for the reminder, Debbie. It's that time again, isn't it?

Just wanted to mention that if the above doesn't work, you'll want to get to an experienced exotics vet ASAP for likely some IV fluids and other emergency treatments. Heat injury can shut down organs and be lethal if progressed far enough. You'll also want to use luke-warm water instead of very cold (as our instinct would probably suggest) to avoid sending the chin into shock. Cold water seems logical to use but could have the opposite effect. The goal is to bring the temperature down slowly, which is why the fan is used to evaporate the water and cool the skin. Bringing it down too quickly can cause shock in the chinchilla. Having a digital thermometer along with some vaseline on hand is useful to monitor the temperature drop and ensure it's coming down. Normal for a chin is 96.8 - 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

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