Guinea pigs and chinchillas

Guinea pig and chinchilla care guide

Prevention is better than cure!

Browse the care guide for guinea pigs and chinchillas designed by our vets to find answers to your concerns such as food, a healthy life and caring for your pet.

Characteristics

Guinea pigs and chinchillas are hystricomorph rodents, so they have stiff hairs and strong claws. They are monogastric herbivores.

The guinea pig has a need in vitamin C but not the chinchilla. The chinchilla needs sand baths but not guinea pigs.

These are small animals that have no malice, friendly and easily tamed but not suitable for very young children because they are very sensitive and fragile.

Diet

Strictly herbivorous. Unlimited hay, a variety of vegetables and commercial food in that order in terms of importance in daily life.

Commercial food: Proteins 18-20% and 10-16% of fiber. Vitamin C is lost in supplemented food after 90 days of storing at 22degrees Celsius. Ideally, refrigerate his food. Never change diet abruptly.

Hay: It is very important to give good quality hay in unlimited quantity, it twill help to wear his teeth and for his digestion.

Vegetables: They are part of the daily ration and give a supplement in vitamin C and fiber.

Treats: Limit consumption of treat because they are rich in carbs and imbalance the intestinal flora. You can give one teaspoon a day.

Pieces of wood to gnaw: Be careful not to use poisonous tree branches or branches treated with toxic chemicals. Offer wood from a safe source. We offer, at our hospital, branches of apple wood.

For chinchillas: A dust or sand bath is an act during which they rub and roll in the dust, sand or dry earth. This can be used to clean their skin and fur, to get rid of parasites, remove excess sebum or to dry themselves.