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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-05-2010, 03:21 PM Thread Starter
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Pain Medication

As some of you know, I have a chinchilla, Greyson, with malocclusion. His teeth have been filed, but I want to see if his roots are affecting him at all.
I would like to put him on a pain medication and see if his behavior changes, indicating to me that he may be in pain if it does.
I know he isnt in pain from his molars inside his mouth, because they were just filed.
So I am looking for a pain medication that can be used semi long-term for him until his next filing.

I have talked with the few vets in town that deal with chinchillas, since my regular, experienced chinchilla vet has passed away...
some arent exactly sure what can be used long term and some say meloxicam. One vet said we could try Buprenorphine, but I would perfer to stay away from injected medications, as Greyson is really good about taking meds orally.

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Meloxicam is very commonly given, but it seems like it would be a better plan to get a set of dental x-rays to gauge how the roots are doing rather than just randomly medicating him.

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He has had two xrays. One is posted in a previous thread.
This is just a test, not a long term solution
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So the x-rays aren't showing any root problems?

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they dont look good. which is the reason i want to see if hes in pain.
he has been on metacam the last two days. no significant change yet in his behavior.
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