Your Chinchilla’s Health

You should visit a qualified exotics veterinarian at least once a year for check-ups on your chinchilla’s diet, behavior, and health.  

Be prepared for your pet’s visits by making a list of any questions or concerns you may have ahead of time.  Ask your veterinarian about the potential of spaying or neutering your chinchilla.  Many chinchilla health problems are preventable with proper diet and care. 

Chinchilla Dust Bath

Due to the density of chinchillas’ fur and their naturally oily skin, they should have access to a dust bath as opposed to water. Use Oxbow’s Poof! Chinchilla Dust Bath to ensure a safe dust bath time that is ideal for maintaining your chinchilla’s soft fur.  

To locate a qualified exotics veterinarian near you, visit aemv.org.

Reasons to contact your vet:

  • Loose, soft, or lack of stool

  • Small, dry, or infrequent stools

  • Blood in the urine

  • Sneezing or trouble breathing

  • Hunching in corner or lack of activity (lethargy)

  • Overgrown front teeth

  • Observed difficulty with chewing

  • Bald patches in the fur

  • Sores on the feet

  • Abnormal eating or drinking

Chinchilla Behavior 

Chinchillas are active, playful animals that bond quickly with their owners. Some chinchilla behaviors can seem rather strange. For example, you may see your chinchilla eat its own poop. This is a normal, healthy behavior that provides essential vitamins and nutrients. Also, chinchillas can release tufts of hair as a defense mechanism. If this happens, don’t worry! It will grow back. As creatures of habit, chinchillas need to be introduced to changes slowly in regards to feedings and routines.