Last year, we posted a article on our Beanie having some teeth problems and we have tested many chinchilla food for Beanie. In the original article, we have only shown the results of our trial and error.
Now it would be a good time to review the original test results.
Recent results: Beanie 787g
Original Test Results:
As soon as we found our the problem, we put Beanie on a diet change. Some for short period of time and some longer. Below is the end results of our test:
Extruded Pellets – PASS
Healthy Dental Pellets – PASS
Health Mixed Dental Pellets – MARGINAL (Discontinued)
Kaytee Chinchilla FortiDiet CRUNCH – FAIL
Kaytee Chinchilla FortiDiet – FAIL
Oxbow Chinchilla Diet – FAIL
VL Chinchilla Complete – FAIL
VL Chinchilla Nature – FAIL
Most of the diets cannot help the chinchilla after the filling is done. They usually need to return to veterinarian in 1-3 months time. Each time it is done, the risk of death is higher than the one before.
We hope to help by doing this, we could help as many chinchillas with similar problems so that they can live on with a fuller normal life. Many chinchillas in Singapore suffers from dental problems due to insufficient hay and wood treat consumption.
Some of the dental disease symptoms:
Drooling of fluid from mouth, Lack of interest in food, Tearing of the eye, Unusual quiet behaviour, Wet Neck, Powdery substance in pellet bowl.
Should I send to my chinchilla shop for clipping?
No, clipping of incisor teeth will not help to solve the teeth problem. Most of the time when it is detected, the molars are also affected. Visit your chinchilla savvy veterinarian as soon as possible.
I do not have a chinchilla savvy veterinarian. Where did you go?
We only recommends two places.
Dr Hsu, Animal Clinic at Teluk Kurau
Dr Ling, Namly Animal Clinic at Namly Place
When was the last time Beanie went for teeth filing?
What was her weight before the filing?
635g. Today she is 787g.
Why chinchilla have dental disease?
The biggest factor is the genetics of the chinchilla. Most chinchilla are breed for the color and cross breed back with family, resulting in smaller gene pool and weaker genes. Risk: (low to high) Standard Grey …Dominant Colors (White/Beige/Black Velvet)….Recessive Colors (Sapphires/Violets/Ebony). Since many breeders do not understand genetics of breeding, many young chinchillas carry forward the dental problems from their parents.
The second factor is the environment. In Singapore, this is the major factor for chinchillas with dental disease. Many chinchillas in Singapore are lacking in hay consumption. Chinchillas will develop dental disease if place on full pellet diet for long period of time. Since the introduction of acrylic cages, many chinchilla cages also lacking in the wooden toys/sticks that are helpful to their dental health. There are lack of space of toys hanging in the new designs. Many of our customer’s chinchillas that bought our wooden toys/sticks enjoy good dental health over a long period of time.
If you have any other questions, do post them below. We will try to answer you as detail as we can.