Cleaning Your Chinchilla

Chinchillas are desert-dwelling creatures.Thus your chinchilla prefers dust baths rather than water baths. Your chinchilla can be quite frightened when submerged in water. A dust bath is the preferred method of keeping your chinchilla clean. Purchase chinchilla sand from a reputable pet store. This sand is a bit coarse and low dust to avoid respiratory issues. Buy a chinchilla dust bath or use a shallow plastic container. Put an inch or two of the chinchilla sand in the container. Place it in your pet’s cage so your chinchilla can jump right in and roll around. Remove it after about fifteen minutes if he doesn’t use the bath to clean himself. Otherwise your chinchilla may use it as a litter box. Just try again another time and eventually your chinchilla will enjoy the dust bath. Offer the bath several times a week to keep your chinchilla clean and shiny. Contact your Glen Ellyn, IL vet to learn more.


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