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Hi I have a sick chinchilla

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Hi I have a sick chinchilla
Hi there,
So sorry to hear your chinchilla is ill. Chinchillas have a very delicate balance of normal bacteria in their intestinal tracts, and any kind of illness or medication can upset that. I suspect that your chinchilla's normal bacteria might be out of balance from being ill and being on medication.

It sounds as if you've finished your antibiotics (good job!), and I'd advise giving him some time with no more medication to let things balance out. I'd also recommend continuing your probiotics to help correct the bacterial balance in his gut. If you can find it (online or through your vet), I'd also recommend a product from Oxbow called Critical Care. It is a good diet for chinchillas and other small mammals that are not feeling well and aren't enthusiastic about their normal food. It helps make sure they get the fiber, vitamins, and minerals they need in order to recover.

I hope this is helpful. If so, please rate me positively, and don't hesitate to let me know how I can help further.
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