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My chinchilla keeps laying on s side. Normally he does this

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My chinchilla keeps laying on his side. Normally he does this when hes done playing and had been running around outside the cage and is exhausted. But lately he has been doing it without exercise. He looks calm and relaxed, I'm just concerned because it appears that he's exhausted. They bombed the apartment a few weeks ago (obviously he wasn't home) and we have another chinchilla who has been acting normal. They're both about a year and a half old. Why is he doing that? Do you think he's sick?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.

Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you today. I do apologize that your question was not answered before. Different experts come online at various times; I just came online, read about your situation, and wanted to help.

Again I do apologize that my colleagues could not aid you sooner. If you would still like assistance, can you tell me:

How long has he had these signs?

Can you take a breathing rate for me (just count his breaths for 10 seconds + multiply by 6)?

Are his gums pink or pale/white?

Any coughing, sneezing, congestion, wheezing or dicharges from his nose or eyes?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
64 respiration/sec however he is inconsistent, he breathes at a faster rate for a few seconds than slower again. His gums are like a pale pink, he was struggling with me. None of the above symptoms. He just seems tired.
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.

Hi again,

Would you say he spends more time breathing faster or slower? When it is slow, is it closer to 20-30/minute?

Do you think his gums look paler compared to the normal chin?