Chinchillas have soft hair that does not require much maintenance; however there are some things that you can do to help keep your pet’s hair healthy and shiny. Your pet will also require regular cleaning and inspection of their nails, ears, and teeth.
The chinchilla’s soft hair coat needs regular dust baths several times a week so the excess oil in their hair coats can be absorbed. This can go a long way in keeping the coat soft and fluffy. In their natural habitat, rolling in dirt keeps the hair coat looking healthy and smooth, not slick and oily.
If there is really a need to give your pet chin a bath, use mild soap and water. Make sure to dry the fur immediately. Moisture that is retained on the body surface can become a good environment for fungus to thrive in and cause infection. Fungal infections are common causes of hair fall in chinchillas. To learn more, visit your Pet Care vet.