Seizures are not common in chinchillas, but should be
taken very seriously.
Seizures can cause
involuntary changes in body movement or function, sensation, awareness, or
behavior. A seizure can last from a few seconds to minutes. Seizure is
often associated with a sudden and involuntary contraction of a group of
muscles. However, a seizure can also be as subtle as listing to one side or
appearing "out of it".
If your chinchilla has spasms in front of you
it will be pretty obvious that its a seizure. If you catch the end of this
though and they are just listing to one side or kind of slumped over or just
seeming sluggish, you might have a harder time
figuring it out. Though, if its over, typically it won't happen again.
If the seizure is lasting a particularly long time, you can take a q-tip dipped in light karo syrup (purchased in the pancake syrup section at the grocery store) and place it on the chinchilla's gums. You use a q-tip because anybody having a seizure has no control over their muscles and may bite down and hurt your finger. You put it on their gums to get it into the blood stream very quickly.
This should only be done in extreme situations, as you don't want to elevate the sugar too high either, that can be just as dangerous.
If a chinchilla tends to have seizures often and you cannot detect the reason or prevent them with a raisin, you need to take your chinchilla to a chin knowledgeable vet.
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