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Most common disorders of Chinchillas

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  • Ringworm
  • Trauma (broken bones, wounds)
  • Diarrhea/constipation
  • Colds/eye infections
  • Convulsions
  • Tooth problems (abnormal growth)
  • Penile hair rings in males
  • "Fur barbering'' from stress
  • Heat stroke
  • Choking/bloating
  • Heart problems

Although chinchillas are basically hardy and suffer from few serious illnesses, regular health checks should be scheduled with an exotic animal veterinarian to prevent problems and to promote a long, satisfying relationship with your pet. For help in finding a small mammal veterinarian in your area, contact the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians.

Credit: Used with permission of the Zoological Education Network.
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