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Mother chinchilLa passed away days after birth. Baby and father

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Mother chinchilLa passed away days after birth. Baby and father healthy. Can I place the baby with the father? Can I feed the baby goats milk through a syringe every 2-3 hours?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Pet
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I basically need info on caring for the baby and I'm concerned about the father hurting it
Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 2 years ago.
Hello. I would not put the puppy with the father. He may end up being aggressive with them and killing it. You will have to hand raise this puppy. You can pick up puppy milk replacer from a vet or pet store, along with puppy bottles. You will have to feed the puppy every 2 hours the first week. You'll have then then feed every 2-4 hours weeks 2-3. During weeks 3-6, you can cut back to every 4-6 hours. We typically start to wean and offer solid food during weeks 5-6. Once 6 weeks old, they are usually completely weaned. I would not use goat's milk. It does not have the proper protein content. Puppy milk replacer is what you want to use. Here is a nice write up on raising orphaned kittens and puppies: I hope this helps, let me know if you have any other questions.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
My questions pertain to chinchillas, not puppies. Can you please respond
Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 2 years ago.
I'm sorry, I was reading chihuahua. Let me opt out for someone else. Very sorry about that.
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Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Thank you. I would appreciate a response about chinchillas.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I have waited over 24 hours and have not received any answers on my chinchilla questions therefore I would like to be reimbursed.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Hi chamile,
I realize I left a letter out of the spelling of chinchilla but I think enough time has passed without a response. I'd appreciate a full refund I've had non of my questions answered in a timely manner. I haven't had a courtesy response in overc24 hours either. I expect a full refund.