People often contact us regarding medical emergencies for their chinchillas. When pet owners become overwhelmed by the thought of long term treatment, costly vet fees, or the possibility of death, a rescue is often a way for them to avoid all of those.
With the huge numbers of chinchillas we receive each year (hundreds) we generally get lots of experience with every possible disease and condition along with questions about how to recognize, treat, avoid and expect. So this week we've begun a series on our main website called "Medical and Health" (www.whimsys-menagerie.com).
It's still a work in progress and with all the care required to look after the 100 or so chinchillas we have currently, this leaves little time for forum posting or website updates. *wink* Sorry Jamie, that cuts into my activity here.
At any rate, check out some pictures of our most notable little medical case: Roo, the little girl with the worst case of bumblefoot I've ever seen. She came to us about two weeks ago with bumblefoot on all four feet, a broken tail and an eye infection.
Operating a chinchilla rescue is not for the faint of heart.
But I 100% agree to all you write!! Also in our town rescue (or shelter) they always say the same!! Since laws changed in this country years ago and workless people have it so much hader to survive every other year, so many sick pets came to the rescue, just cause people were really not able to afford the medical care and want their pets survive. It's so sad!!! But I'm glad we are in countries, where rescues EXCIST - so that those poor Babies like this one have a chance!!!!!
Thanks for you work Whimsy and all other rescuers!!! Hugs Ilka
What a wonderful idea....you certainly are the experts on all the various medical conditions!
I sure hope Roo is showing some improvement. I know how hard it is to treat bumblefoot and the poor sweet girl sure has a long road to recovery, but she must feel soooo much better being so lovingly cared for by you!!
God bless you for all you do for so many chins in need!
Proud furmom to chins Penn, Baby Luv, Beige Boy, Mickey, Beau, Chip, Raisinette, Merry, Amy, Pippin, Roo, Rebbie, Fawkes, Jazz, Comet, Fearless, and cats Misha, Jasmine, Boots, Patches, and Thomasina.
We're actually taking daily pictures of Roo's bumblefoot healing process. When she's finally all better, I'd like to show the entire progression.
Here's a picture of her front foot when the infection finally burst through the pad. The infections in her feet and eye are totally cleared up now, but the ulcers are still healing by granulation. It sure helps being a nurse in this line of profession. *cough* which I am.