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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-22-2009, 07:06 PM Thread Starter
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I've ntoiced one of our chin's ears getting red, with prounounced veins. The top of that same ear has had a dry spot for weeks, which we've treated with vasoline. The doctor said this was fine to do and he checked out with a clean bill of health roughly 3 weeks ago. The room is a normal temp., not hot. Any ideas?
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-22-2009, 09:32 PM
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Mites, perhaps?
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-23-2009, 06:05 AM
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i have the same problem
I'm sorry i can't offer much help, but all i know is that my vet gave me some anti-inflammatory cream.
it didn't help my chin but may help yours if the redness is only small
hope i can be of help
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-23-2009, 07:15 AM
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I'm not sure what's going on, but it sounds like the animal is just hot.
It sounds like that's the problem.
I'm guessing your animal has some beige in it, and has pink ears?
If it's the whole ear, it's because of heat. They can get hot just by jumping around.

Personally I would never use vasoline. It dosen't add moisture to the skin.

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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-23-2009, 07:18 PM Thread Starter
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What would you recommend as a good moisturizer for dry skin?
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-23-2009, 08:38 PM
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Normally I wouldn't use any at all, as many cover the skin with a thin layer, so the heat can't escape that good from it, and that's a problem with chinchillas.

But if you only use it on one spot, you might just want to use something light you use on your own skin.

Just remember the skin has to be able to breath, or you'll get an overheated chin.

But I think you need to visit your vet again at some point, and find out what causes that spot to be dry.
Not something you need to do right away, but in the long run I think it would be best for you and your chin

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