The chinchilla is a sturdy little animal known to be resistant to disease. Obviously, if the conditions in which he is placed are bad, he will eventually get sick. Also, you must above all make sure that your animal lives in good conditions, that its food is of quality and that its environment is peaceful. Despite all your attention and care, your chinchilla can still get sick. Here are the 5 signs that will help you assess the seriousness of the situation.
1 – The chinchilla does not have its usual behavior
The chinchilla is one of those animals that does not hide the fact that they are sick. Its behavior changes and you will be able to become more aware of it the more you get to know your pet.
In general, if you adopt a domestic animal, it is not to let it vegetate in a corner, but to live and share moments with it. Also, the taming phase is essential: it allows you to forge this particular master-animal bond, to understand how it works and to grasp the main traits of its personality, as well as the lifestyle habits that it can put in place. . You will then be better able to quickly identify any changes in his behavior. The sooner you notice that something is wrong with your pet, the better the results of any treatment. Many pathologies worsen quickly, making healing longer and sometimes more difficult, even uncertain.
Also, if your chinchilla is less active, seems tired, even listless, stays prostrate in a corner of his cage, eats less, or even no longer at all, do not wait to consult the vet. A healthy chinchilla is naturally lively and curious.
Conversely, if your chinchilla is more agitated than usual, it is because he may be suffering from urinary tract infection, which is logically accompanied by difficulty urinating.
Does your chinchilla move around with its head tilted to one side at all times? It is necessary to verify that he does not suffer from an otitis.
2 – Regularly check the appearance and smell of stool
The condition of a chinchilla’s stool is a sure-fire indicator of whether or not a health problem exists. Normal stools are brown in color, odorless, have a rather dry consistency, and are slightly oval in shape. They are normally more important in the evening.
The digestive disorders are certainly the most frequent disorders in chinchilla because the digestive system of the animal is sensitive and reacts quickly in case of bacteria. Salmonellosis and listeriae cause significant diarrhea which is always a significant risk of dehydration. Diarrhea can be very serious and quickly fatal. Vitamin C deficiency also causes severe diarrhea. Only an injection of this vitamin can save the rodent from death.
Constipation leaves more room for intervention. You have the option of trying to solve the problem by giving it some applesauce. unsweetened, unless this constipation is the consequence of stopping feeding. It can also be caused by ingesting hairballs when using the toilet. A stressed or bored chinchilla may be inclined to chew on its hair: this is the phenomenon known as “fur chewing” which can cause intestinal obstruction.
In both cases, diarrhea and constipation, if there is no improvement fast (within 24 hours at most) have your chinchilla examined by an animal health professional without delay.
3 – The chinchilla no longer feeds or hydrates
No animal decides to fast to lose some weight! Most pets that feel good and whose owners lack knowledge of diet tend, on the contrary, to gain too much weight. If you ever don’t notice that your chinchilla is not feeding anymore, then you will see him lose weight. But if this is the case, it is because the troubles have been installed for a while: there is therefore an urgent need to treat your animal.
The dental malocclusions are, along with digestive disorders, the other major category of common problems that chinchillas can encounter. Their teeth grow continuously and if they lack the substance to wear them out, especially hay, they grow excessively and the whole balance of the mouth is compromised, with the formation of wounds inside. mouth or tongue, which necessarily lead to difficulty in eating, as well as significant salivation. Only the vet can provide relief and cure for your chinchilla.
4 – changes in appearance of the chinchilla
Redness, hair loss, disheveled hair… These are all signs that should alert you. Ringworm causes redness on the ears, nose and legs, as well as hair loss. Scabies cause itching and the appearance of scabs. Ruffled hair is a sign that the chinchilla is neglecting the care of its coat. As it is an instinct and an act essential to its hygiene and survival, such negligence is to be associated with changes in the animal’s behavior.
Whatever the manifestation, the veterinarian is the only person able to prescribe the appropriate treatment.
5 – the chinchilla seems to have a cold
Does the chinchilla have a runny nose or seem to have difficulty breathing? A room that is too humid, a draft or on the contrary insufficient ventilation could have unbalanced the health of your chinchilla. Don’t expect the common cold to cure itself and don’t wait to react as it can quickly escalate into bronchitis or pneumonia, especially if you don’t identify the cause and make no changes. When a chinchilla’s breathing becomes noisy and accelerated, a veterinarian should be consulted. emergency.
Rather, discharge from the eyes is a sign of conjunctivitis. This type of problem is usually triggered by poor quality litter. Advice from the veterinarian will be useful on how to relieve your little rodent.
Chinchillas can suffer from heat if temperatures exceed 25 ° C. He will lie on his side and you will observe that he is breathing with difficulty. Check if he feels better in a cooler room. If not, see a vet right away.