Chinchilla Teeth


A healthy chinchilla's teeth should be dark orange in color. To keep their teeth in the best condition possible, they should be fed a high-quality, balanced pellet and as much Timothy hay as possible (see feeding). They should have access to safe chewing objects at all times (see chew toys). Offering a variety of chewing options is highly suggested.

What If my chin's teeth are white?

Light colored teeth are usually a sign of a calcium deficiency. However, sometimes treating this on your own can cause more harm than good. Be sure to have your chinchilla on a high quality alfalfa based pellet and call your veterinarian regarding possible treatment.

Malocclusion (Malo) - What is it?

The dictionary definition of malo reads "A malocclusion is a misalignment or incorrect relation between the teeth of the two dental arches when they approach each other as the jaws close." This part of malo can usually be seen with the naked eye and treated. However, the other part of malo can only be seen with an x-ray. It's when the roots of the teeth grow past their normal placement and into the nasal cavity and/or eye sockets. This particular issue is untreatable and will get worse over time. It should be noted that malocclusion is hereditary. Any kits born to either parent with malo will also have malo though the symptoms may not appear until they are much older.

How do I know if I need to see a vet?

Classic signs of malo include crumbled pellets, pawing at the mouth, weight loss, drooling/wet chin, watery eyes, nasal discharge and the inability to eat normal pellets and hay.

What can I do?

External malo can usually be treated, at least for some time, with regular dental visits, pain medication and/or syringe feeding. Unfortunately, the root side is untreatable.




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