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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-29-2002, 03:56 PM Thread Starter
 
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I received a email today. I think that this person needs some advice. I will be sending her a link to this thread.

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do you know if chinchillas can be born blind? My chin had a pastel female last friday and it's eyes still arent open. it's active and gaining weight, it was almsot 50 grams at birth but it still won't open it's eyes. i took a warm moistened q-tip and tried to pry them open but i didn't even see her eyes...have you ever heard of that happening? what do you think i should do?
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Even if the kit was blind it would have eyes. She needs to get the kits eyes open before a infection gets in them.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-29-2002, 04:00 PM
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Could be a genetic defect ... do we know if the parents were related? I'd take the kit to an experienced vet and see if they can either get them open, or confirm a problem.

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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-29-2002, 04:12 PM
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I think if she can't get them open she should get them to a vet who can. I know firsthand how hard it is and how she could think there are no eyes.

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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-29-2002, 04:15 PM
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Since I have an micro-opthalmic dog, I vote for getting it seen soon - but it there are no eyes there, I doubt she would want artificial ones. (and yes, they do make them for animals)

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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-29-2002, 04:24 PM
 
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I had a chin that got shavings in his eyes as a newborn and they stuck shut forever(got infected I imagine). I got him as an adult and he'd never opened his eyes. Definetly take him to a vet, it may be a genetic problem, but at least you'll know for sure.
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going with the group here....... take him to the vet asap.
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