GI Stasis


What It IsSymptomsWhat To DoTreatment

What It Is

GI (gastrointestinal) Stasis or Ileus is when the GI tract slows down or stops moving. A chinchilla should always be eating and passing stool. When they stop doing one or both, bacteria starts to build up and creates gas. This is very painful. Since chinchillas can not vomit or pass gas, it just sits there and shuts down their gut. This condition can be deadly so you have to act fast.


  • lack of eating
  • small, round or no stool
  • lethargy
  • Stretching of the abdomen
  • Just not acting like themselves

What To Do

Start gas drops (simethicone) immediately. If the symptoms persist for more than a couple hours or get worse, call your vet or go to the er


Your vet will most likely want to take abdominal xrays to make sure there is no blockage. If there is no blockage, your vet will put your chinchilla on gut mobility medications such as Reglan (Metroclopramide) and/or Cisapride, Metacam (Meloxicam) for pain and infant gas drops (Simethicone is the main ingredient). They may also want to put your chinchilla on an antibiotic called Baytril (Enrofloxicin) or Bactrim (SMP-TMZ) and sometimes Flagyl (Metronidazole). This will help with the Bactria build up. They will also have you syringe feed Oxbow Critical Care recovery food. It may be a different kind of recovery food depending on what country you live in. It is also a good idea to start giving your chinchilla a probiotic. Give the probiotic at least 1-2 hours before or after giving the antibiotics.


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