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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 04-29-2008, 03:45 PM Thread Starter
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How does a healthy chin die so quickly. I'm really struggling with this and I feel like I'm to blame. I saw the diarrhea and tried to feed him hay, but he wouldn't take it. He wouldn't eat or drink anything. At that point I called the emergency vet and took him in. Things were fine until they tried to give him fluids. She missed the first time and got the fluid all over him. My heart absolutely broke. She tried again and he fought like ****, then he just stopped, looked at me, crossed his front legs and collapsed. I don't know what happened after this except, I nearly collapsed too. I got to go see him in the oxygen tank and I scratched him and seemed to really enjoy it. I went back and talked to the vet and she said he wasn't looking too good. I went back and talked to him and pet him. He moved a little, but just looked so tired. I finally left and called every half hour. He was stabalizing and things were looking up. Then at 12 I got the message he was gone. I feel like maybe I should have left him home because it seems like the stress from the needle and everything made him give up. The look in his eyes was so sad. I feel like if I would have just let him rest at home maybe he could have pulled through. I'm sorry I've posted so many threads I'm just so upset and really need someone to talk to.
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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 04-29-2008, 07:47 PM
 
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Im so sorry about Optimus. (thats an awesome name by they way) Sounds like a terrible experience. People who dont have chinchillas just dont understand that they have as much (or more ) personality than a dog or a cat... My first chin died in a similar way 2 months after i got him. I had been asking for a chinchilla for 4 years and i finally got one for my 17th birthday anndd he died 2 months later, at the vet... who didnt know how to give him fluids properly. I left him at the vet and went home... we called every hour and they said he was getting worse. I went to go get him and let him die in his home and while i was on my way i got a call that he had died that was a few years ago.... i still miss him. I have gotten more chins but they arent anything like Donut.... They are wonderful too, just not the same Good luck!!
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Thanks again everyone for your support. I called the vet a few hours ago because I couldn't handle guessing what happened to Opti. She said that she couldn't legally give me an answer because she didn't do an autopsy or necropsy, but she said she reviewed his case and really though about it. She believes that Optimus wasn't absorbing his food. When we first got him he was a bit under weigh and was at Petco, but we became so attached to him that we took our chances and bought him. The vet believes that since he was so little he wasn't properly weaned which probably caused his digestive track to not be as developed as it should have been. She said that really it was a matter of time before he died and that we actually had him for a surprisingly long time. She also reassured me that there was absolutely nothing that could have been done and that keeping him home would've maybe given him a few more hours, but that chances were that he would not have made it through the night.

I feel better that a specialist has a better understanding of his death; I can stop feeling like I was a bad chin mom. I'm so happy that he was able to have a great, happy two months in my home and that I was blessed with his love in return. I miss him terribly and he will never be replaced in my heart. However, I can't see myself with out chins, so I'm going to a breeders tonight. I know I need more time to grieve for Optimus and I don't plan on getting one right now. I want to find a new baby mosaic and visit him often to build a bond. Hopefully if everything goes well, we'll take him home in about 14 weeks. I'll keep you guys updated.

Thank you all so much, it really helps knowing that I'm not alone and that I can talk to people who have experienced the tremendous loss of a chin.
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First of, I do not, in any way think, that he died of stress...

I do not know what you have done with him, but if you really want closure you need to get an autopsy done on him...
It's often a bit expensive, and not nessecary if you do not have any other chinchillas.
But if a chinchilla dies like yours did, it can be nice to know exactly what went wrong.
You won't get him back though...

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I decided not to get the autopsy as it was extremely expensive and I didn't want his little body cut (as crazy as that sounds, I just couldn't stand the thought of it). I'm satisfied with the answer I've got and just knowing I loved him with all of my heart. I had him cremated and they also saved a piece of fur for me. I can't bring myself to see his fur. Hopefully in time I can look back and smile about my baby instead of instantly crying.
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I wish i had some fur from Donut, he was beautiful
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I'm sorry to hear about Optimus. You did the right thing by taking him to the vet immediately. A lot of the symptoms he had sound similar to giardia. Here's a thread describing it. http://www.paw-talk.net/forums/f19/giardia-2566.html
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i know how hard it is. My kassy passed away right next to me while I was sleeping and I woke up right after it happened. It was a horrible experience, but like you, I gave her a good and loving home for the few years I had her, which was better than her previous life (she was an abused chin-half blind). I cut some of her hair from behind her ears and I got her cremated also. They (usually) give you nice little paw prints (i call them little hands )
I printed out a "My forever pet" poem and put her hair under it in a frame, it looks beautiful!! :'(
Im glad that you at least got some sort of answer.
When Kassy died I know they said it was from a blockage, but I still was so unsure why she had gotten it, so when I took my Haylee into my normal vet I talked to him about it and he told me what he thought it could have been, and that of course it wasnt my fault. which made me feel better.
just like Kassy its not your fault hes gone, and i know he was so happy to have a owner like you he sounded like a wonderful chinchilla and i hope you find one just as swell at the breeders! good luck, and everything will work out the way its supposed to.
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also heres a link to some pictures of the paw prints, the poem and the set up for Kassy. Haylee is now on the shelf in her little wild flower box but its basically the same.
the paw prints are too cute though! I hope you get them!

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Wow, that's a beautiful memorial. The vet didn't give me the option of his paw print even though I really would have liked to have them. He passed away at midnight and was cremated first thing the next morning, so I didn't have a lot of time to think and plus I was in such shock. I still can't pick up his fur yet. I just don't feel like I can see it right now . I called the vet today to make sure that they would keep it and she said very often people can't come pick things up for a few days and that she would hold on to it as long I needed. Hopefully by Monday I can get it and make a little memorial in his room. I still haven't gone in there yet.
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awww hun *hugs* im glad you have some things to remember him by

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Missin my baby

I still miss him sooooooooooooo much. Does this terrible feeling ever go away?! My entire routine was based on him, so its hard to not want to play with him and give him a bath On a happier note, Baby Bandit will be coming home with me June 1. Maybe that will make me feel better because I can finally get back into my chin routine. I never knew how much a chin could affect my life!
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*hugs* I'll getcha something to cheer you up, so wait awhile.
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I think it will fade, I dont know if it will go away any time soon at least. I still feel horrible whenever I think of Kassy, but this new chin will help you a lot I think.
Hes going to be fun!
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