Chinchillas need to take baths at least 3 to 4 times a week, depending where you live, if you live in a area that gets more Humidity (Chinchillas need a humanity level of 35 – 40 %) they need to take chinchilla dust baths more, I always use a Fungal powder year around, I use either Desenex or Tinactin, you can get both of these from any store in the Foot area, and needs to say that it helps cure Athletes foot and chinchilla dust bath. Since I have been doing this for 3 years now, I have never had a problem with fungus.
Signs of Fungus, around the nose, eyes, eyes brows, will start to look rough, (messed up) the hair will start to fall out, the skin will look red and scabby. at the first signs of this, get the fungal powder, and take a Qtip and put a little bit of the powder on the area, 2 times a day for the first 3 days, avoid the eye area, you don’t want to get in their eyes. chinchilla dust bath, then place 2 teaspoons in the 1 pound of Dust and let them dust 2 times a day, for week, Replace powder, Second week, 2 teaspoon in a pound of dust, let them dust every other day, and continue on third week, every 3 day. until it is complete gone, and cleared up. For follow up. on a regular basis, put 1 teaspoon in 1 pound of dust, for their regular dusting. IF you notice that your chins fur looks dry, cut down on the baths, if your Chins fur looks oily, up the baths. Chinchilla dust bath are very important to Chinchillas, they love to take them and it relaxes them, when stressed. A great place to let your chin take a chinchilla dust bath is the shower stall, this will keep the dust contained, in a small area, then you can just rinse it down when they are done.
Chinchillas always need something to chew on, they will Chew on any thing they can get their little hands on. Its important that there is no plastic, rubber, or cloth, (Fleece is Safe) that they can chew on and get in their digestive track and block it up. Chinchillas will chew on their wood house’s, ledges or any other wood parts in the cage. Try to have toys or some type of wood pieces for them to chew on. I have a page that list safe and unsafe woods. Most bird toys are safe, as long as they don’t have plastic on them. I all so sell items for the chews to chew on. Chewing keeps their teeth down, Keeps the boredom down, gives them something to play with. keeps their minds busy. Chinchilla dust bath at No time get your chinchilla wet, their fur is very dense and can not dry properly at base, at their skin ,and this can cause a Fungus to start to grow.
Chinchilla dust bath and the Bath House – Chinchilla bath houses can be found in most pet stores. They are made out of plastic or ceramic and are self-contained little units with a round hole in the front so that your chin can come and go as he/she pleases. DO NOT leave the chinchilla dust bath and the bath house in your chinchilla’s cage! Excessive bathing can cause dry skin. In some instances, cracking and bleeding can occur on little chinny feet. Bathing for ten minutes every other day is fine.
Here you can see some examples of proper chinchilla bathing tools. From left to right – you can see the typical plastic bath house on the left, bath sand in the middle and a nice little ceramic bathouse at the right.
Most Pet People will let their chins out to play, give your chin a safe place to run and jump. Most people will use the bath room. with the toilet set down. This area with not have wires or furniture that they can chew on, or wood furniture that has vanishes or paint on them that can make your chin very ill.
If your chin gets a cut on their nose, feet etc. Use antibiotic ointment that we use. use a small amount, make sure you don’t get up their nose, this may block their nasal passage chinchilla dust bath. For dry cracked feet, you can use Bag Balm, you can get this at most stores in the dog area or the Grain and Feed stores and Tractor Supply, it comes in a green tin with a cow on it. It works great for dry feet, and ears, I have used this for many different things.