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Published on Jul 6, 2010
This is Jimmy dusting! On 6/10/2010 I found that Jimmy's legs had been chewed on slightly. I called my vet and talked to him through his receptionist to figure out what to do. Since the wound was not severe we were going to weight until he was 8 weeks old (at this point he was almost 5 weeks). A few days later, one of Jimmy's feet had been chewed completely off and the other was half off. I did wound management and both wounds healed over with no exposed bone.
On 6/17/2010 both wounds were open again from him chewing (I was watching 24/7 at this point and mom wasn't touching the legs). This time bone was exposed on both legs. I talked long and hard with my chinchilla knowledgeable friends and decided to remove him from his mother, handfeed and call my vet in the morning. He weighed only 65g at almost 6 weeks (his siblings were all around 150g).
I called my vet in the morning and was transferred directly to him this time. We talked and he said we could do surgery to amputate both hind legs to the knee on Monday (6/21/2010). So I spent the weekend hand feeding jimmy and managing his wounds to keep out infection. Before his surgery his weight came in at 84g! He had jumped up almost 20g with two days of round the clock hand feeding.
On 6/21/2010, Jimmy went in for surgery. My vet is extremely competent with small animals and by the time I picked Jimmy up at 4:30pm...he was running around already. By the time we got home, he was already eating his hay and pellets on his own and drinking from his water bottle.
This video was taken 7/5/2010. He is fully healed from his surgery and doing remarkably well! He now weighs in at 105g and is steadily gaining with no help from me! He is learning to dust on his own and will be going to a new special needs home in Colorado in Aug/Sept.