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Hi, Welcome to Just Answer. I'm Chris, a small animal Vet based in the UK. I am reviewing your question and will get back to you as soon as possible
Sorry to hear of this problem with your chinchilla baby, would you be able to send me a picture of the affected eye?
What type of milk are you using to feed this baby?
A cleft palate? To the roof of her mouth? If she has this then it explains her failure to thrive. Unfortunately, large clefts or those involving the palate often result in an inability to eat normally and therefore a failure to grow and develop normally. They often result in chronic nasal infections, sinus infections and pneumonia. Surgical repair is indicated but difficult in so young and so tiny a patient. Feeding is best accomplished using an oral feeding tube which is readily learned by pet owners, unfortunately given that she is so small it is concerning. You can keep feeding and hope that she puts on weight.
The powder milk you are using is correct and it is positive she is taking it from the syringe.
Yes no problem
Just let me know when you have a picture of the affected area
Ok thanks, it's difficult to say for sure. Does the cleft extend inside the roof of the mouth or is it just the upper lip?
Ok, it looks like it is probably a developmental defect. It is not quite as bad as a full cleft palate, but she will struggle to fed and will need to be syringe fed until weaning. She may have problems learning how to eat as an adult as well so will need careful nursing. Sadly there is a chance that she will not survive
You're welcome. It sounds like you will give her the best chance.
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Hmm it does look like there is conjunctivitis occurring here. A better eye drop to use would be chloramphenicol if you are able to obtain some from the pharmacy. Other than that bathing the eyes with a little weak cold tea can also have an anti inflammatory effect.
Ok you're welcome