...no, its too much, let me sum up
OK, when we started giving him the Baytril, he made a face that looked like he was trying to dislocate his jaw. He also started fighting us like MAD whenever we picked him (he's normally a bit fussy, but OK). He also stopped eating and drinking completely!!!
Needless to say, this freaked us out!
After a day and a half of not eating or drinking (he would eat hay only, and chew on his sticks and toys) and being a bit lethargic, we took him to a different vet - who was AMAZING!
It turns out, the first vet, who is really nice and meant well - but does not have as much experience with exotics (especially chins) gave him the Baytril they use for injections - straight no chaser. She (the new vet) made a face very much like Puck did when she described what it tastes like.
She gave him a full exam, looked at where the mat/scab was (its greatly improved then, even better now) and is waiting to see the results of a fungal culture (just to be sure).
She says he looked pretty good, and was not overly worried about his lack of water consumption - saying he did not seem dehydrated. She also said as long as he was chowing on hay, she wasn't worried that he was not eating pellets.
Best of all, she gave us some flavored Baytril, that he takes SOOO much more easily (we gave him his first dose at the vet) as well as a flavored Meloxicam to help with the itching. He does not like the Melox. as much, but, and this is just hysterical - he now LOVES the flavored Baytril!!
No more squirting in the side of his mouth, he laps it right out of the syringe and licks his lips when he's done. Too cute!
So, as of last night he has started drinking a little, and has nibbled on his pellets a teeny bit. I don't think we're quite out of the woods, yet, but I think we've found the path.
I will say, we also now have a vet who is AMAZING! She's significantly further away (especially in traffic) but is too good not to use, and is associated with a 24 hour emergency care facility that has exotic vets all the time.
So - thank you all for chiming in, its very much appreciated. I will post some pics of him ASAP, but we've been so worried about making sure he's OK most everything else has fallen by the wayside.
If anyone has any suggestions on how to encourage a chin to drink more water, I'd love to hear it. We have tried the organic, sugarless apple juice mix idea, and he completely ignored it. We've also tried to get him to eat a little organic lettuce (since its mostly water) but he has no interest.
Thanks again everyone!