So, you have decided to get this little funny animal. In this post I will tell you how to choose a pet for yourself, because it is very important to know how to distinguish a sick and weak animal from a healthy and cheerful one.
Now there are a lot of resellers, mainly in markets that sell animals immediately after they are brought from any country or city, completely unaware of their owners, not knowing how and where they grew up, what they ate, etc. D. But This is a serious enough problem for the buyer.
Chinchillas are not cheap animals, and take an animal from such sellers. careless and can lead to sad consequences.
This does not mean that there are no healthy animals on the market. Just before you get a furry friend, have a good look at it and ask the seller questions that we will discuss below.
1) ask about the age of the animal. Animals less than 2.5 months old should not be bought, since they just stopped feeding on mother’s milk, and, although theoretically, babies can be removed from their mother at the age of 55 days, they are fed for a month. The best age. it is from 4 to 9 months.
2) To determine the state of health of the animal, you must first pay attention to its appearance. A healthy chinchilla has a quick reaction to a stranger; the coat adheres tightly to the body, smooth, without bare spots in places usually covered with hair; eyes are brilliant, lively, breathing without wheezing and whistling. Then, in order to determine the degree of fatness, they take the chinchilla in her hands and feel her pectoral muscles, examine the cloaca (the hairline around it should not be stuck from the feces). It is not worthwhile to buy animals that are skinny, lethargic, with bulging ribs or bare parts of the body. All these are signs that the chinchilla is unhealthy.
3) In no case should there be purulent discharge from the eyes. If there is damage to only one eye, the reasons may be different: dust, small or solid particles, draft exposure, etc. D. Bilateral damage to the eyes is more difficult to evaluate, it is often a sign of an infectious disease. In this regard, you should also pay attention to sneezing or the presence of nasal discharge, which can be transparent or watery, with a yellowish tint and mucous character, and are often a sign of an infectious disease. In the initial stage, the animal sneezes infrequently, so it is difficult to determine if it is a cold or a reaction to high humidity or the presence of dust.
Upon examination, it is necessary to stroke the chinchilla against the coat to check if it has inflammatory lesions on its skin and coat, scabs, dried pus crusts, and ectoparasites (fleas, lice, ticks). Highlighting of fleas is especially noticeable with a strong lesion in the form of small, dried black particles.
Clumping in the anus indicates that the chinchilla has diarrhea, which is sometimes the result of an infectious disease or due to improper care of the animal. Already a sign of disease.
If you pair with one chinchilla the second, remember. Within 2 weeks, the animal must be quarantined in a separate cage in another room!
Here are the first tips that we hope will help you choose the right healthy chinchilla that will live a long happy life with a new owner.
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