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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-19-2010, 03:57 PM Thread Starter
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Wow have I had my number of chinchilla incidents since I started college. My chinchilla Alfie, who about a month ago had to have stiches for a wound on his head cut his toe this past weekend. I cleaned it up myself, and had to do so thoroughly since he had just had a dust bath and got dust all over it. I do not know how it happened. I can only speculate that my other chinchilla who lives below him bit his toe.

I got it cleaned up and the bleeding stopped rather quickly, but now I have noticed he is chewing on his arm, far above the wound. It looks reddish and like he either chewed it raw or scratched himself on something. Should I just keep an eye on it? Does anyone know what would cause this behavior?

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-19-2010, 04:04 PM Thread Starter
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also, Just as a side note: I do not know if the two issues are interrelated.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-19-2010, 07:34 PM
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It could be related. He could be chewing because of the pain caused by his toe is irritating him. Once again, the only thing I can suggest is a vet to make sure that the toe isnt broken (the lil buggers bite hard.) But you are having a share of problems, arent you?


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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-19-2010, 09:48 PM Thread Starter
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It's only since I came to college. I never had so many problems when we were at home. Now of course when I have nobody to physically help me is when I have all the issues.

I don't think his toe is broken because it was only the very tip before the bone that was bitten and bloody. Like a tiny spot on the tip of his toe. I will look into it though for sure to be sure. Does anyone know any other possibilities for why he would be chewing? I just want to know all the possibilities. Thanks!
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