The Importance of Weighing


 

Keeping track of your chinchillas weight is the best health check that we have. There is no one correct weight for a chin, they are all different sizes. Rather, what we want to see is their weights over a period of time. Weigh every 2 weeks, or 3, and keep a list. If your chin is losing or gaining more than a few grams between weighing, you may have an issue. Losing weight is the first sign. Gram scales are in every kitchen department, they can really make a difference in your pets health.

How do I get their weight?

Most chins will not just climb on the scale and sit there but there are ways to get their weight anyway. The easiest is to tare your scale with their bath on it (meaning your scale will read 0 with their bath sitting on it). Most scales will tare themselves if you place the bath on before turning it on. Once your scale reads 0 with the bath on, let your chin out to bath. We suggest you video them then go back later to get their weight from the video unless your chin just sits in the bath.

How do I pick a scale?

You will need a scale that will weigh in grams and go to, at least, 2000 grams. A kitchen or postal scale works well and can be found in just about any kitchen or office departments. A digital readout will be much easier to read.

Scale Suggestions


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Chewy, owned by Dana Silverman Dembinski


Kira, owned by Tina Sauer Harshbarger



 
 
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