Quarantine

Before you read on - if you already own chinchillas it is imperative that when buying in new stock - that you quarantine them.

Many infectious diseases can be passed into an existing herd via new chinchillas.

There are cases of ringworm (highly contagious) all around the UK at present - and I believe that this is partially due to sloppy quarantine practises.

Keep new chinchillas in a separate room away from the rest of your chinchillas. Feed and clean the out AFTER you have seen to your exisiting chinchillas. Use a suitable hand sanitiser in between. This needs to be done for at least 21 days.

It may seem a lot to do - but I have heard of entire herds wiped out from contagious diseases brought in from new, un-quarantined chinchillas.

Better to be safe - than sorry!!