SPECIAL PROBLEMS OF PET CHINCHILLAS
Chinchillas have several unique problems; understanding these problems will
allow you to better care for your pet and minimize future health care problems.
Chinchillas have the ability to release or "slip" patches of fur when handled
roughly, when stressed, or when fighting. No permanent damage is usually done
to the chinchilla. The fur usually regrows, although the new growth takes several
Rodents are very susceptible to antibiotic toxicity. Antibiotics designed
for human use, including penicillin and erythromycin, can be fatal to pet chinchillas.
For this reason, owners should NEVER give their pet chinchillas medications
without checking with their veterinary surgeon first. Also, because of antibiotic
sensitivity and other unique problems of pet chinchillas, make sure the veterinary
surgeon you choose knows how to properly treat chinchillas.
Chinchillas have a unique grooming habit. It is important for them to have
access to a "dust bath". Each day, they should be provided with a bath which
is a mixture of 9 parts of silver sand and 1 part of Fuller's earth; these ingredients
are available at most pet stores. Enough dust should be provided so that the
chinchilla can roll around in the dust. Be sure to remove the dust bath after
use and keep if clean and free of feces and urine.
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