Symptoms of Abscesses in Chinchillas
Let's talk about symptoms of abscesses in chinchillas.
If you feed and play with your pet chinchilla everyday you should be able to notice symptoms when something is wrong. Pets can't talk and tell you when something is wrong so you have to be able to notice abnormal behavior or any abnormalities in their appearance. This article will discuss abscesses in chinchillas and the symptoms.
Abscesses are somewhat common in chinchillas. If you have more than one pet chinchilla, your pets are probably more likely to have abscesses form. Why? Because the major cause of these infected pus-filled cavities is injury. If chinchillas fight or play rough they can end up with cuts, scratches, bit wounds, or injuries from the cage. Injuries and wounds also make animal more susceptible to getting a bacterial infection. When a chinchilla's injury does become infected abscesses can form.
They symptoms of abscesses are hard bumps or growths, swelling and redness, and pus secretion. when animals are suffering from an infection other symptoms can arise as well. Infections can spread, this can cause more serious symptoms and complications that can actually cause death.
If an infection spreads pets may begin to act even more strange and have symptoms such as lethargy and loss of appetite. You do not want infections to spread that is why you should take chinchillas to the veterinarian at the first sign of anything being wrong. The earlier the treatment, the faster and more likely a full recovery is.
To decrease the chances of your chinchilla getting an infection and save you money on vet bills, the best thing to do is try to prevent infections. This can be done by regularly cleaning a chinchilla's cage. Their cage needs to be thoroughly cleaned to kill any microorganisms. Animals that live in filth often get sick and die. Also, if your chinchilla does get any injuries, big or small, treat them. Use antiseptics and antibiotics. Contact your veterinarian with any questions that you have.
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