Youve probably never told your pet chinchilla that his kind are farmed for their beautiful coats dont but much of the research on common infectious chinchilla diseases centers on those raised in large numbers on fur ranches luckily responsible pet owners keeping only a few chinchillas will probably never . Some common diseases in chinchillas are digestive disorders as their organism is quite delicatediarrhea is a common side effect of feeding your chinchilla lettuce or other foods with a high water content. Nearly all significant reports on infectious diseases of chinchillas over the past 60 yr come from colonies of chinchillas raised for fur and most reports of bacterial disease in colonies are 30 yr old reviews of chinchilla disease often give the false impression that these animals are highly susceptible to infectious disease. Common conditions of pet chinchillas include bite wounds respiratory diseases overgrown and impacted teeth gastrointestinal stasis bloat diarrhea skin problems and heat stroke any deviation of your chinchillas behavior from normal should be a cause for concern and requires immediate evaluation by your veterinarian. Chinchillas with any of these signs should be seen by a veterinarian as soon as possible a veterinarian performing a diagnostic work up for gi disease in a chinchilla might do a stool examination for parasites abdominal x rays bacterial culture of stool blood testing and abdominal ultrasound
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