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Old 06-25-03, 11:27 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Originally posted by Reptscue
Even a good cat/dog vet knows with any heat stroke animal to get an IV started and anti-shock medication. Veins run the same way in alot of animals.
Veins may "run the same way", but hitting them is another issue. Chincilla veins are tiny, not to mention baby chincilla veins. On top of that, those vets wouldn't have known how to dose the poor thing with medication because their system is completely different. On top of that, a baby chincilla probably would be permanently altered by the majority of steriods used to treat heat stroke. As someone that has worked in the emergency vet field, it's not that simple to treat an exotic animal, along with the fact that the majority of heat stroke cases, even in dogs and cats, simply don't survive.

I am very sorry for your loss, it is very tragic. However, I have to play devil's advocate and defend the vets. You wouldn't go to a General Health Practicioner and expect him/her to treat an exotic disease - humans have specialists for that. Well, since exotics are rare pets most vets don't know how to treat them because even with the extensive schooling behind it, they wouldn't see enough cases to have adequate experience. That's why there are limited numbers of exotic vets. Granted, those vets could have at least offered to try, but honestly, they might have killed the poor thing in their effort. Where I used to work, we were lucky enough to have an exotic vet on call at almost all times, but honestly his help was rarely needed because by the time an exotic pet was brought to us it was too late.

Once again I am sorry for your loss, and I'm sure you and your daughter will see the baby again at the Rainbow Bridge.
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