Chinchilla Health & Hygiene
Keep your Chinchilla in good health by providing a balanced diet, lots of exercise and a clean living space.
A healthy Chinchilla will have:
- A dense and smooth coat with no bare patches
- Wide, bright eyes
- Clear, dry nose
- Straight teeth which are not overgrown
If you become concerned about any aspect of your Chinchillas health, please speak to your Petmania Petcare Advisors they will be happy to help you.
Chinchilla teeth grow continuously and need to be kept trim by chewing and gnawing to prevent them from overgrowing which will prevent your Chinchilla from eating and causing discomfort. Gnaw sticks and chew toys are good options to help prevent the chinchillas teeth from becoming painful.
A dust bath is essential for a chinchillas health and the condition of their coat. Chinchillas find the dust bath soothing, relaxing and fun, however too much bathing can dry the skin and if the dust bath is left in her cage, your Chinchilla may sit in it and use it as litter box. For this reason, a dust bath should be left in your Chinchillas cage for about fifteen to twenty minutes a day.
Chinchillas are excellent self groomers, and require very little grooming. But it is recommended that you brush your chinchilla down once a week to create interaction between owner and chinchilla. A dust bath is an essential part of your Chinchillas daily grooming routine.
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