Chinchilla at the Vet

At some point, every chinchilla has to go to the vet. It doesn’t matter whether it’s sick, just checking in, or getting vaccinated. So that this undertaking does not become too stressful, you should take a few precautions.

Before you bring your chinchillas into your home, you should have found a suitable veterinarian. While chinchillas are becoming increasingly popular as pets, they are nowhere near as common as hamsters or rabbits. Therefore, it may take some time to find a vet with chinchilla experience. If you already have other pets, simply ask your veterinarian if he or she is also familiar with these animals. If you know other chinchilla owners, you can ask them for help in choosing the right doctor. Breeders and Internet forums also have advice. You should also think about which vet you should go to if your first choice is on vacation. If you bring your sick animal to the practice, you should inform the veterinarian about its age, gender, symptoms, and first aid. Previous illnesses and treatments may also be relevant and should be addressed. After the examination, let the veterinarian explain the diagnosis to you in detail. He can explain the causes to you and advise you on any postural errors. If your ferret is given medication, make a note of exactly how, how often, how much, and when to give it. Also, clarify whether other care measures and/or another visit to the veterinarian are necessary. Don’t be afraid to ask the vet questions.

The safe transport

Now the transport box that you got for the purchase of your animal is used again. It must not be too small. Transport boxes, such as those available in specialist shops for cats and small dogs, are also suitable for chinchillas. Put an old towel in the box to make the little rodents as comfortable as possible. A bowl of water is also important, especially if the journey takes a little longer. Cover the box with an old cloth. Darkness has a calming effect on chinchillas. Drive to the vet as soon as possible. Reduce animal stress as much as possible by driving carefully and avoiding loud music in the car. Don’t stop in between to do something else. On hot summer days, chinchillas can get heatstroke very quickly in a parked car. Drafts should also be avoided at all costs while driving.

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