Health Topics: Bloat

How serious is it?

Very! Usually lethal. 

What is it?

Chinchillas can't pass gas, so if they eat fresh foods, the gas build-up can literally blow them up from the inside out. This condition is called bloat, and is life threatening. It can happen with the addition of the wrong foods, gorging on too many treats, or a sudden switch in diet.

How can I recognize it? 

How do you treat it?

How can I avoid this?

Don't ever feed chinchillas fresh fruits or vegetables!