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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-08-2004, 11:23 PM Thread Starter
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Tap water and malocclusion

Thanks Jade, great info.
**edited by Jade - I split this from the "Malocclusion in the chinchilla" thread, simply because it can turn into a totally separate discussion. **

I've been discussing with my vet about the chronic dental problems some chins have. Many chins suffer and it can be easily prevented. A large problem as well as genetics is people using tap water for their chins. The floride in the tap water blocks absorption of important minerals like calcium which effects the teeth. Also many people belive that because an animal is nocturnal they don't require sunlight. WRONG!! Chinchillas manufacture vitamin c in their bodys by using the sunlight similar to the same way humans manufacture vitamin D by the sunlight. Vitamin c is important in healthy teeth. I have skylights in my building for my chins and during the day they lay to the fronts of their cages to enjoy the sun. Many people also like to supplement with vitamin C. If you use tap water and deprive your chin of sunshine or vitamin c you will have serious dental and health problems.


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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-09-2004, 11:30 AM
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There are many different opinions on what water is best for chinchillas. Some people swear by tap water and have never had a problem with malaccolusion.
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Thanks!

Yikes!

Thanks for the heads-up.

Question: Can you just distill the water? Would that work?

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Great info .... I know we've always used bottled water, however when we were back in Chicago when there seemed to have been a shortage of bottled water at our local grocery store, we did use tap water but not before boiling it twice
Denise makes a good point as well


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I have used tap water all my chins life. Never had one problem. But they do get plenty of natural light

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I use tap water, but I have the brita filtration system to block out anything harmful that may come from using it.

I do have a chin with malocclusion, but it came from him not chewing properly.

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Not all tap water has flouride. I have well water. What about tap water that is hard? I've always wondered that but noone seems to know for sure.

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Sorry this is an old thread but I was doing so catch up reading since i havent been on in a while....
I really like to know if any one has info about Hard water like CTChin mention?? I've been giving my chins just tap water....but we have really hard water too!!! We also have a Britta filter...does anyone know if that take out the floride?? I tried to read the filter box but i didnt say....Thanks!!!!

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Leaded glass, which almost all houses are built with, blocks the majority of UV lighting, to the point where it is pretty much unusable to encourage Vitamin D production (which in turn aids in synthesis of calcium) - I've never heard of it producing Vitamin C, I thought that was entirely dietary. This has been a point with reptile keepers for ages and the reason why there are so many options for UV lighting on the market now.

Brita (or Pur, and other faucet or pitcher type) filters do not remove fluoride. You'd have to go to a full Reverse Osmosis/Deionization filter to do that.

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Please note not to used distilled water. It does not have the minerals (like magnesium)in it that you need. Instead buy either "drinking water" or filter your tap water.

I have never thought about the malocolussion angle. I was always worried about water born pathogens like giadia.

I have used both tap and bottled at different times. Of course, I also drink the tap water whereever I live myself (including when I lived in Louisiana, Los Angeles, and New York)

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