Health & First Aid

Chinchilla-Basic-First-Aid-Wound-Management
Basic Wound Management. Every chinny owner will, at some point, come across a wound on their pet - these can range in severity from superficial wounds such as a scratch, or a cut lip/nose, to the more serious nipped toe (some chins have had their toes nipped clean off by another chinny) to Bumblefoot, or surgical wounds, tumors, and abscesses. The...
Chinchilla Pre and Post Operation Preparation
Anesthetics Isoflurane (and sevoflurane) gaseous anesthetics are very well tolerated by chins - much more so than Halothane. When possible request that your vets uses either one. Less than 1% Isoflurane is metabolized - the rest is merely exhaled for recovery to occur. Recovery is therefore very rapid Commonly used inhalation anesthetics Isoflurane Sevoflurane Less commonly used inhalant anesthetics Methoxyflurane Halothane Desflurane Nitrous...
Some male chins are more prone to hair rings than others. Breeding males should be regularly checked - especially if they are "novice breeders." However, males that are not used for breeding can still get hair rings too - and should periodically (monthly) be briefly examined. Usually, the first symptom of a hair ring will be that the penis will look...
Chinchilla Malocclusion
Malocclusion is a disease that all Chinchilla Owners should be aware of. The reason being that if your animal is affected, it will suffer a long agonizing death, unless you act promptly. There is no cure for this genetic disease. Everyone should be aware, that once diagnosed, the animal, at some point, will have to be put to sleep. As...
Chinchilla-Care-Sheet
Before bringing your chinchilla home: Ensure you have a cage set up and ready, Be sure that your family is aware your new pet will need peace and quiet to settle into their new home. Ensure your chinchilla is not unduly disturbed by other pets such as cats and dogs. Ensure that any younger children understand a small animals nervousness...
Preventing Chinchilla Environmental Stress
Environmental stress can distress your chinchilla in many different ways. This type of stress results in either behavioral or health concerns. Your pet can experience the following: anti-social behavior that comprises of biting, fighting, spraying urine, fungus, or irritation of the eyes. Your pet can also feel anger towards other chinchillas, biting the fur, gnawing on their cage or...
Chinchilla Temperature
The chinchilla in the wild has adapted to live in a rugged terrain, where nightly and winter temperatures may drop well below freezing. Being crepuscular/nocturnal creatures by nature, during the day when temperatures may rise, they may rest amongst rocks, boulders, fissures and "scrapes," which would shelter them from the extremes of temperature. A pet chinchilla should be kept in a...
How Exercise Effects Chinchillas
The chinchilla is a very special exotic animal. It is nocturnal, has the thickest fur among all land animals, and is also very sensitive to high levels of heat and humidity. However, like all other animals that are used to being in the wild, the chinchilla is also one that needs constant exercise. While this may appear to be...
chinchilla-as-a-pet
So why choose a chinchilla as a pet? With such a large choice of pets around why choose a chinchilla? Maybe because you perceive them as cute and think they will not take up too much space? Below are the reasons for buying, or not buying, a chinchilla Reasons you may not want to buy a chinchilla You don't have time...