I just made a post and it seems my chinchilla fits these symptoms. My vet seems good, but has not said that Chupie has this. Should I seek another opinion? There doesn't seem to be an experienced vet (that is, with exotics) near me (Wooster, Ohio).
I'm sorry =( I can't access the link that you included, but if you can get it diagnosed I would euthanize, I rescued a chin with malocclusion and they had let it go on WAY WAY WAY too long and it was not pretty.. malo can cause more problems and its a very slow and painful death. Poor Pika was just so miserable he could barely move, he wouldn't eat, he had a horrible wheeze, he would sneeze, his eyes were goopy, he wouln't play,, he had bloat (so he wouldn't even eat liquid food), he had a cyst on his tummy, and you could just tell how absolutely miserable he was! It was the saddest thing. I would never put any animal through that much suffering! Euthanesia is really the most humane thing to do in that situation. But on the other hand, I have a different chinchilla that would get these eye infections (just like Pika) and I noticed one day that under his chin was matted down like it had gotten wet and his appetite decreased, so I instantly thought it was malocclusion, but I took him to the vet and turns out he just has allergies (the "drool" was just coinsidence from when he was drinking out of a bowl instead of a water bottle because it had broke) so I would TRY to get it diagnosed before you euthanize, but where you have the x-rays and so far have gotten a few negative oppinions on it, it probably isn't just coincidence.. You should be able to find any vet who can read an x-ray though, whether they specialize in exotics or notThank you for the prompt replies.
I was hoping that this answer won't be here when I look, but also knew that it probably will be.
Was there anythink I could have done if I catched the disease earlier?
I can't believe that it came to my attention so late in its development. Just now as the chin began slobbering and its neck fur became all wet did I see a symptom.
Tomorrow I'll go see my vet and tell him about this, and show your x-ray pics from the first post because in my country vets don't know about this. After they see it, maybe they will have some solution even if it is putting my chin to sleep. At least I'll know he isn't suffering any more.
Thanks for the help.
I will update you about what happens.