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Holiday Safety Tips

By Heather Zimmerman

The holidays are right around the corner. So, just remember, even though feeding your pets from the table may be tempting, any food your pets’ digestive system is not accustomed to could cause problems.  Our holiday safety tips are focused on letting your pet under the dinner table without getting to potentially dangerous food.

Vomiting, diarrhea, and upset stomach may be just a start. More serious diseases such as pancreatitis, organ disease, and other illnesses can result from letting them eat anything they can get. This may lead to hospitalization in the most extreme cases.

Holiday Safety TipsIf you choose to feed your pet from the table, these are the foods to completely avoid:

Chocolate: Most people are aware that chocolate is bad for pets, you may not know that the darker the chocolate the more dangerous it can be.  Chocolate can cause an upset stomach, tremors, seizures, and even death if enough is ingested.

Xylitol:  This is an artificial sweetener that is often used in types of candy. If this is ingested, it can cause low blood sugar, and possible liver failure.

Raisins/grapes: These can cause renal failure and the toxic dose differs for every individual. For some pets, even a couple could result in toxicities.

Macadamia nuts: Muscle weakness, tremors, and vomiting can occur with ingestion. Macadamia nuts first were found in Australia. They are currently grown in Hawaii, California, and Mexico. For a full history, you could read a history of Macadamia Nuts.

Onions and garlic: Eating these foods can lead to destruction of red blood cells and can cause anemia.

While all pets’ stomachs are different and some are more sensitive than others, some “ok” people food include:

        • Carrots

            • Small pieces of apple (NO seeds or core)

                • Green beans

                    • Lean meats (avoid ham since very high in salt)

                  If your pet is dedicated and tricky enough then they might have outsmarted our Holiday Safety Tips. You may believe that your pet may have ingested something toxic or unhealthy or if you are noticing any signs of digestive issues then you should contact us. Please call the Animal Hospital of Dauphin County at (717) 652-1270.

                  If possible, please provide the following information when calling so the veterinarian can better help your pet:


                    • Food ingested

                    • Quantity

                    • Pet’s approximate weight

                    • Time of ingestion

                    • Any signs of illness you are seeing.


                   

                  Wishing you and your pets a very happy and healthy holiday season!!!

                  Adopt a Senior Pet Month

                  By Daenna, AHDC tech

                  Happy November!

                  November is one of my favorite months of the year. It’s a month full of falling leaves, crisp breezes, Thanksgiving dinners, frost is starting to show up in the mornings.  Everyone is starting to get into the holiday spirit!  One of the really awesome things about November that many people don’t know is that it’s Adopt a Senior Pet Month!

                  Adopt a Senior Pet MonthI don’t blame you for not knowing this, many people don’t.  However, I am here to tell you all about the benefits to having a senior pet and why you should consider adopting one if you are looking to add a new companion to your home.

                  A main benefit of adopting a senior versus a puppy/kitten is that you will know right away what their personality is like; you will see their full grown size so no need to upgrade crates, beds, and collars etc.., and their hairstyle is fully established so you will know what grooming needs they will have. These things all make it so easy to choose the perfect pet for your family, so no surprises in the future!

                  Another pretty awesome thing to consider is that their wild, crazy, jumping off the walls stage is over. This makes Adopt a Senior Pet Month important to give these old friend a much smoother ride. They will be much better with children and it’s easier to train them or teach them new tricks if needed as they are more focused on you and not everything around them. Personally I think everyone could use a little calm in their life and these guys are perfect for that!

                  A big thing many owners of puppies and kittens don’t realize is how time consuming they are. Puppies require weeks of house breaking where they need to be taken outside every few hours, they need to be trained to walk on a leash, crate trained, litter box trained, socializing,  I could go on and on! Guess what? Senior pets don’t need any of that time! They are ready to go, many of them have lived in homes before going to the shelter so all these things have been previously learned!  Every pet will need some time adjusting to a new environment but as long as you are patient and encouraging with them that should be over very quickly.

                  shutterstock_199677845Do I have you convinced to run to your nearest shelter and adopt one of these special seniors?  Well before I get too ahead of myself I do need to point out the other side of Adopt a Senior Pet Month to consider.  Some seniors have medical conditions that need daily medication, extra care, and more frequent vet visits. This should not deter you from adopting, just something to be sure to ask the shelter about just so you can by fully prepared for the care needed if there is a health condition.

                  If you are thinking of the hardship of getting attached to a friend that may not be around as long as a puppy or kitten would be, I choose to think of it in a different way.  These guys spend can spend double if not more time in shelters than younger animals, sadly with many of them being euthanized.  What greater gift could you give then to give a dog or cat well deserving of a good home an amazing last few years!  Senior pets are usually much more appreciative of the loving home that you have given them that some adopters don’t every go back to younger animals.  When I was volunteering at a shelter in Pittsburg, PA I heard of a couple who would come in every few months-years and adopt the oldest dogs/cats that were in the shelter.  I thought these people were amazing and what they were doing really was, but they swore to all the workers there that they were not giving the gift, they were receiving it. I didn’t need any more convincing than that.

                  Please remember to keep your heart and eyes open for the potential of adopting a senior pet next time you go to the shelter. You and your new pet will be glad you did!

                  7th Annual Pictures with Santa

                   

                  Animal Hospital of Dauphin County would like to

                  invite you to our 7th annual Pictures with Santa!

                  Sunday, December 4th from 1pm-4pm

                  Your pet’s picture will be taken with Santa by local photographer and client of AHDC, Terry Rowe, and then mailed to your home at no cost!

                  Snacks and drinks will be provided and pets will receive a gift from Santa and his elves!

                  Donations will be accepted for Castaway Critters, a local pet rescue, to help support their efforts in caring for pets in need.

                  Tech Talk: Before You Buy

                  By Dae Ceresini

                  What comes to mind when you hear the term “exotic pet?”  To many, it means any domesticated species that is not a dog or cat.  “Exotic pet” can mean anything from small mammals like rabbits, hamsters, or chinchillas to reptiles and birds such as iguanas, pythons, and parrots.  These fun and unique pets may be just what you need to complete your family.  As with any new family member, you want to first be sure there will be the right fit.

                  Today, we will focus on some important considerations to take before choosing to add a reptile or bird to your home.  There are many different species of reptiles and birds; and each one requires unique care.  It is crucial, before adopting one of these pets, to research to find out as much as possible about the care required by that specific animal.  You’ll want to give your new pet the best life possible, so here are some considerations to research and learn more about before making a decision:

                  Habitat:


                    • What is the optimum temperature and humidity for your specific pet?


                    • Is special lighting required? For example – UVB or heat lamps.


                        • What type of bulbs are need to supply the appropriate lighting and heat, and how often do they need to be changed?





                    • What type of substrate/bedding should be used in the enclosure?


                    • How much water is needed in the enclosure, and how should it be supplied?


                    • What dimensions should the enclosure be?


                        • You will also want to consider how big your pet will get and how fast they will grow. Enclosures may need to be changed/upgraded to keep your pet happy and healthy.





                    • Should nesting or private areas be incorporated into the set up?


                    • Can the specific pet be housed with others of the same or different species, or does it need to be housed alone?


                    • Where should the enclosure be kept in your home?


                        • For example: It can be unsafe to keep birds in/near a kitchen as fumes from certain cookware can be harmful.







                  Chloe, a Moluccan Cockatoo, came in for a visit.

                  Feeding:


                    • What food must be given to meet the nutritional needs of your pet for their lifetime? Some reptiles must be fed whole prey or live insects, so the potential owner would need to be comfortable with doing this.


                        • Do adjustments need to be made as they age?


                        • How must this food be kept? For example, how do you care for the crickets to be sure they are providing the best nutrition when ingested.





                    • Frequency of feeding and amount of food required each feeding to keep your pet at an ideal weight and prevent possible health complications?


                    • Are supplements needed and how should they be given?


                        • Many reptiles require a multi-vitamin or calcium supplement







                  Dr. Balmer with Gunther the Snake

                  Other things to consider:


                    • Lifetime costs?


                        • Including: cost for pet itself, initial set-up of the enclosure, food, veterinary care, supplements, replacement/upgrade costs of enclosure, etc





                    • General temperament/behavior?


                        • Will this pet be a good fit for you?





                    • Time needed/attention?


                    • Common illnesses/problems to give preventative care and watch for?


                    • Is there a vet in your area that sees your species of pet?


                        • Dr. Balmer sees reptiles and birds at Animal Hospital of Dauphin County







                  This list serves as a cheat sheet of questions for you to consider before buying. It is also a good idea to talk to your AHDC veterinarian about any questions you may have. Be sure, when researching, that you are using accredited, verified sources. Below are a few recommended links:
                  www.anapsid.org – reptiles
                  www.kingsnake.com – reptiles
                  www.veterinarypartner.com – small mammal, rabbits, and birds

                  Should you choose a new exotic pet, or if you need care for your current reptile or bird, Dr. Balmer will gladly see your pet!

                  Animal Hospital of Dauphin County also has several doctors, including Dr. Balmer, who sees small mammal “pocket pets”!

                  Halloween Photo Contest

                  Calling All Halloween Lovers!
                  Send us a photo of your pet in a costume and you could win a $50 gift card to our hospital!

                   

                  To enter:
                  Like our Facebook page and send us a direct message on Facebook with your pet’s photo by Sunday, October 23rd.

                  On Monday the 24th we will post all of the photos in an album and then voting will begin! Vote for your favorite photo(s) by “liking” them or using your favorite reaction. The photo with the most “likes”/”reactions” will be our winner and will be announced on October 31st!

                  We encourage you to share your picture, or the album, with your friends and family to increase your chances of winning.

                  Good luck and may the best costume win!

                  *One photo per pet. If you have won a contest more than once, we ask that you please split the prize with the 2nd place winner. To keep this lighthearted and fun, pictures shared to “like for like” groups or those similar, or others deemed unfair or inappropriate, will be disqualified.

                  2015 Halloween Contest Winner – Mason

                  An Inside Look at the Path to Veterinary Medicine

                  Hello everyone!

                  My name is Rachel Orth, and for almost a year now, I have been helping out at the Animal Hospital of Dauphin County. What started as an internship during the school year turned into a summer position as a technician assistant. Both of these roles have been wonderful opportunities for me to get a “behind-the-scenes” look at what it is like to be a veterinarian and work with animals! My goal is to go on to veterinary school after finishing my undergraduate studies and one day don my own white lab coat and stethoscope.

                  Like many aspiring veterinarians, my story follows the “I’ve loved animals ever since I was little” cliche. I cannot recall a defining moment when I first started dreaming about working with animals. However, I’ve never wanted to be anything else. There has always been at least one pet in my house, including different dogs, cats, fish, hamsters, guinea pigs, and a turtle. Right now, I have 2 cats, who provide plenty of companionship (and entertainment). I started asking my own vet about the career before I was in middle school.

                  In preparation of my future career, I took as many science courses and electives as I could, including AP Biology, AP Chemistry, and Anatomy and Physiology. During my internship with AHDC, I spent 2-3 hours after school at the hospital cleaning tables and rooms, stocking various supplies, and holding patients for the technicians. Fortunately my internship turned into a summer position! As such, I have been able to continue helping around the hospital and observing the veterinarians!

                  All in all, my time here at the Animal Hospital of Dauphin County has shown me that this is what I want to do in life. Despite all of the challenges on the way through veterinary school as well as all of the difficulties of practicing medicine once out, I still see this as a fulfilling and worthwhile career. Science and animals are two things I love, and it is a wonderful feeling to be able to help a sick pet get better. There is also the fact that each day has the potential to bring new experiences. This is a field in which you have to continue to learn and be willing and able to adapt to new, possibly tough situations. With all of this and more ahead of me, I am more than excited to take the next step. Wish me luck!

                  Rachel Orth

                  Tech Talk: Bringing the Heat

                  Tech Talk: Bringing the Heat

                  By: Heather Zimmerman
                  Kioki and Nishibi - my adorable shell covered children

                  Hi, this month we wanted to give you some general information about the importance of temperature control for our reptile pets and patients.

                  When it comes to cats and dogs, besides temperature extremes, we don’t think much about the temperature of their environment.  Basically, if we are comfortable, so are they. heatThis rule does not apply with our scaly patients.  Reptiles (turtles, snakes, and lizards) are cold blooded and therefore rely entirely on environmental temperature control.  Mammals sweat, pant, loose some layers if too hot and shiver or put on a coat if cold, but reptiles need to correct their body temperatures by relocating along environmental temperature gradients.  What’s a temperature gradient you ask?  Well, in the outside world it is the difference in temperatures from 1 area to another.  Any given area has several temperature gradients.  Take your yard for example:  Under the tree, in the sun, under the ground, in a puddle.  Although these areas can all be within feet of each other, they all have different temperatures.  Things are a little less complicated when it comes to our pets’ cages but we still try our best to provide a variety of temperature gradients by having warmer and cooler ends of a cage as well as hiding and basking spots for them to choose from.

                  So what is the ideal temperature for your pet?  Short answer…it depends.  Every species has their preferred optimal temperature zone (POTZ).  This is the temperature range that allows them to function at their best and is based on their natural habitat, ie where they live in the wild.  There are many resources available to determine your reptile species POTZ, including www.anapsid.org which contains a lot of general reptile information.

                  Using the POTZ, you can determine how to set up your pet’s environment.  The low end of the range should be the temperature of the “cooler” end of the tank and the high end should be the temperature in the “hot” end or basking area.  Often the POTZ, may change at night or seasonally which also should be taken into account to best care for your reptile.

                  Besides maintaining the reptile’s comfort, proper temperature control is important for many other reasons.  If reptiles are too cold, they will become sluggish.  It also causes their immune systems, digestive system, and other important body functions to not function correctly.  Reptiles often will not eat is too cold and even if they do, their bodies cannot process the nutrients.  Reptiles kept outside of their POTZ are often smaller and get sick more easily.

                  One last word of caution.  Not all heat is created equally.  There are many ways to control the temperature of your pet’s enclosure but there are those out there that can be dangerous.  Avoid heat rocks and other direct heat sources as these can cause thermal burns.  You also want to make sure any lights or other heat sources are out of reach of your reptile.  Lamps on top of the enclosures lid are often the safest, as well as heating pads placed under the tank on medium or low if lights alone do not maintain a correct temperature.

                  branchAHDC recommends annual wellness exam and husbandry checks for our reptile patients.  Call to schedule yours with Dr. Balmer so we can make sure you are “bringing the heat.”

                  Mosquito Transmitted Diseases

                  If you’ve been keeping up with the news, you’ve probably been hearing a lot about Zika virus, a disease that is transmitted by mosquitoes and can make us ill. But did you know that mosquitoes carry diseases that can cause illness in our pets? Most pet owners are aware of diseases like rabies, feline leukemia, and canine kennel cough. These diseases are transmitted to our pets by contact with other cats, dogs or sometimes wildlife. Heartworm disease is an infection that can be transmitted to our dogs and cats by the bite of an infected mosquito. That means that our pets do not need to be around other animals to become infected with heartworm disease.

                  Luckily for pet owners, heartworm disease can be very easy to prevent. There is a variety of monthly medications that can be prescribed to your dog and cat, including flavored chewable tablets and topical medications.

                  Heartworm disease has been on the rise in Pennsylvania over the past few years. According to the American Heartworm Society, vet clinics in PA were reporting an average of 1-5 heartworm cases per year in 2010. Some clinics in northern PA were seeing even less than that. Then in 2013, at the next report, all surveyed clinics were reporting at least 1-5 cases per year, and many clinics reported 6-25 cases per year. This does not include the millions of pets who are never tested.

                  Heartworm disease affects dogs and cats in different ways. The heartworm larvae is injected into the bloodstream by the mosquito. In dogs, the larvae grow into adult worms in the heart and lung vessels, causing severe damage that may be permanent. There can be as many as 50 adult worms in the heart and lungs in an infected dog. Symptoms in dogs can range from a mild cough to full blown heart failure. Sometimes there are no symptoms at all! In cats, the worm burden tends to be much less but they are more sensitive to the larvae. The larvae can trigger a severe inflammatory reaction in the lungs similar to asthma. This inflammation can cause fatal respiratory disease.

                  Once infected, heartworm disease can be painful and expensive to treat. There is an injection for dogs that is given multiple times over the course of 1 month to kill the adult heartworms. There is no specific treatment for cats, only supportive care.

                  It is recommended to test for heartworm disease yearly, even if your dog is on year round prevention. This helps to ensure that the prevention is working. The test also checks for other diseases like Lyme disease. Reliable testing is not available for cats and they can be given heartworm preventive without testing. It is recommended to test your dog before starting the preventive. The preventives only kill the larvae that have been transmitted to your dog within the past 30 days. For example, if your dog was bitten by an infected mosquito on May 15th and you started your preventive on July 1st, your dog is NOT protected from heartworm disease. You should test again in 6-12 months to check for a mature infection. This is another advantage to giving heartworm prevention year round; the risk of missing an infection is much less. And with winters getting warmer, how do we know when the last mosquito left Pennsylvania? September? December? Or did they ever leave at all?

                  For more information about canine and feline heartworm disease, talk to your vet or visit the American Heartworm Society’s website at www.heartwormsociety.org.

                  Does Your Pet Have a Bikini Body?!

                  Does Your Pet Have a Bikini Body?!

                  Dr. Whitney Wolfgang, DVM

                  shutterstock_114802885While your pet partner may not need to look great in a bathing suit this summer, there are many reasons to take a good look at your pet’s figure. Pets that are overweight are at a much higher risk of arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, liver disease, breathing issues, skin issues, heat exhaustion; the list goes on. Most importantly our obese pets have an overall shorter lifespan! Just a few pounds can drastically change your pet’s quality of life.


                  Many owners ask their veterinarian a great question, “what should my pet weigh?” While I love hearing this question, I will let you in on a secret… there is no magic number! Pets come in all sizes, from Tea Cup Chihuahuas to Great Danes! So what do veterinarians look for in a good body weight?

                  As a veterinarian, I look at 2 main areas – the ribs and the waist (from the top and the side) – and you can do this at home. The ribs of a dog of ideal body condition should feel like the back side of your hand when you make a fist; go ahead, make a fist, and feel your hand and then feel your pet’s ribs! The waist of a dog in ideal body condition will create a figure eight shape from the top; standing over your pet, you should see a slight curve in as it creates a waist, and curves back out for the hips. If you kneel down and sit at your pets level, you should see a dramatic “tuck” at the end of the ribs. Click on the pictures below and compare them to your pet’s body condition.

                  Dog Body Condition Scoring

                  Cat Body Condition Scoring


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                  Even if your pet isn’t going to be a bikini model this summer, take a good look at their weight for a healthy life! If your pet needs to lose a few extra pounds a great place to start is pre-measured meal feedings, rather than free feeding all day long without a limit. Be sure to use an accurate measuring cup. Secondly, replace store bought treats with carrots, green beans, or ice cubes (these treats have ZERO CALORIES!). If your pet really likes treats or is in training, hold an allotted amount of their pre-measured dry food in a “special daily treat jar”. Once those treats are gone, NO MORE TREATS TODAY! If your pet scarfs food down faster than you can pull your hand away, consider using a foraging device for a food delivery method! This gives them some mental stimulation, slows their eating so that they feel full by the end of the meal, and provides you some entertainment; you will probably be amazed at how smart your dog/cat really is!! Finally, you can try to reduce the amount of food you are feeding by 5-10%.


                  We are always happy to see pets in for a quick weight check (cat owners may consider purchasing a baby scale) that we can add to our records! If you find you are struggling to decrease/maintain your pets weight, talk to your veterinarian about more options!

                  Tech Talk with Sarah: Chinchillas

                  Chinchillas don’t need water to stay clean! Their bodies produce oils & those oils are controlled by a dust bath. Yes, a dust bath. The chinchilla rolls around in the dust multiple times until he/she feels satisfied. For excellent hygiene, a chinchilla needs to have a dust bath twice a week.

                  Tech Talk: Chinchillas

                  By: Sarah Elizabeth

                  Hello fellow readers! This month, I will be discussing chinchillas. Admit it, we all love to go to the pet store to watch them sleep & snuggle. I think the attraction is in how fluffy they are  & how little their paws are. If you are considering adding one of these furry friends to your family, I am here to give you the information you need.

                  If you have young children, it is not recommended to have a chinchilla as a pet.  They can scare easily, overstress & possibly become injured from the child playing or being overly affectionate.  They may even bite out of fear. However, as long as you are supervising your child & the chinchilla, there is no reason why this can’t be a family pet. Once they are adapted to their surroundings, chinchillas are actually quite social, vocal, & entertaining to watch! They are nocturnal & very active & they are nearly impossible to catch! These little bundles of fur are smart, inquisitive, & can live up to 20 years!

                  Chinchillas can have multiple different fur colors such as gray, black, tan, beige, or white, and are all fur. Their fur is very dense, soft, & can be up to 1-foot-long in length. Their average weight is 1 pound to 1.5 pounds! They are so little & fragile!

                  Cage & Habitat

                  Chinchillas have continuously growing teeth just like rabbits and are known to be chewers! Always be sure to get a chew proof cage that is a minimum size of 16” x 20” x 16” for just one chinchilla.  A pelleted or shredded paper bedding is best. Avoid bedding made from pine & cedar as pieces tend to be sharp & can cause the chinchilla pain or respiratory issues from the amount of dust they produce. When looking for a cage, you want to avoid cages with a wire floor because their feet can become injured, and glass aquariums provide poor ventilation.

                  Chinchillas are sensitive to heat, humidity & drafts. Heat stroke is LIFE THREATENING and can be the result of poor environments. Try to avoid an area with direct sunlight, heaters, & away with drafty areas with high humidity.

                  Chinchillas do not like dirty environments, so it is necessary to clean their habitat once a week.  Along with their habitat, it is best to clean their food & water containers & any cage items with no scent soap & warm water. Everything MUST be dry before returning to the environment for your pet. Another important question is what kind of water bottle should a chinchilla use? You want a water bottle with a stoppered opening & one that can hang on the side of the cage for easy access. An average food bowl will suffice for your pet’s food, but don’t forget a hay rack.  This will keep any hay added to the diet from sitting in urine/feces. Because chinchillas are social, they obviously like to play. Chew proof toys & untreated wooden toys are great for chinchillas to chew on & so their teeth can wear down & avoid any overgrowth of the teeth.

                  Chinchillas are native to Chile & Peru. They live in the mountains where the weather tends to be chilly. The dense fur that covers their body protects them from the harsh environment.

                  In the wild, chinchillas live in groups. They make their homes in burrows & crevices of rocks in the mountains.

                  Diet

                  Chinchillas are little vegetarians & boy do they love their veggies! They are known to have very sensitive stomachs & are commonly seen for GI tract issues at the vet. Most chinchillas need a commercial pelleted food in their diet. Pelleted diets are designed so that chinchillas are getting the correct amount of protein, fat, & roughage. They are compacted into small pellets to make it easy to eat. Most pet stores will have this in stock.   They should be given 1-2 Tbsp per day.  Chinchillas need to have a source of fiber & roughage in their diet such as timothy hay, which should be the majority of their diet. This is something that they tend to munch on continuously throughout the day. You want to have pellets & fresh hay available at all times to avoid hypoglycemia.   Fruit and greens can be fed in small amounts as a healthy treat but avoid sugary and fatty foods as these little guys stomach are not designed to handle this type of treat.  Chinchillas partake in coprophagy, this means that they eat a form of feces they produce called cecotropes, or “night feces” because they are usually only produced at night & they are eaten as soon as they are passed. Cecotropes provide necessary nutrient that a chinchilla needs to obtain on a daily basis.

                  Sexing

                  If you have multiple young chinchillas housed together & they are all intact, you are most likely going to have babies in the near future. Yes, that sounds so fun & wonderful, but it is a lot of work & responsibility.  Also females that are not bred until later in life often have difficulty giving birth as their pelvis loses the ability to stretch to allow the babies to pass through.  If you do not want to have the issue of having a preggers chinchillie, you will need to know how to tell the males from the females. Males have a patch of bare skin between the anus & urethral opening. The distance between the urethral opening & the anus is also much farther apart in males. Females have a small slit opening & no patch of bare skin. If you do happen to run into a situation where your chinchilla is expecting, here are the need to know facts:

                  Breeding Facts

                  Chinchillas tend to reach sexual maturity by 8 months. They mate seasonally upon the light cycle which is November until May. The gestation or pregnancy period of a chinchilla is 110 days long. Once the Kits or babies are done cooking, they are generally born within a few minutes apart from each other. There are usually only 2 babies per litter, but there can be as many as 6!  They are born with their eyes open & their bodies covered in fur. A healthy weight for a new born is around 2oz.

                  Helpful hint! Chinchillas love willow tree wood. Not only is it safe for them to chew on, but if branches are added to their environment this can add enrichment.

                  Health & Illness

                  As is possible for all of us, chinchillas can get sick. It is best to know your chinchilla’s personality so you know when he/she is not feeling well. Here are some physical symptoms to watch for in case of illness.

                  • Poor coat
                  • Diarrhea
                  • Constipation
                  • Unusual feces
                  • Trouble Breathing
                  • Not eating/Not drinking

                  If your pet is experiencing any of these symptoms, call to make an appointment with Dr. Balmer at AHDC.