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Video:How to Give a Chinchilla a Dust Bath

with Amy Kelly

Dust baths are an important part of caring for chinchillas. They keep their coats clean and looking beautiful. Here are instructions for giving your chinchilla a dust bath.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Give a Chinchilla a Dust Bath

Hi, I'm Amy Kelly and I'm here at The Pet Stop in Shawnee, Kansas. Today, we're going to talk about how to give a chinchilla a dust bath on About.com.

Why Chinchillas Take Dust Baths

Chinchillas take dust baths, and you want to acquire dust that specifically says "chinchilla dust"; any other dust will not do. Some of it might absorb too much oil out of the chinchilla's coat. This is basically to keep the coat healthy and lustrous and clean. Although it may seem like a good idea to use water in a dust bath, you don't want to do that, because using water along with it is actually is going to absorb too much oil out of the chinchilla's coat.

Materials to Buy for Chinchilla Dust Baths

The steps to giving a chinchilla a dust bath are actually pretty easy. First, you want to acquire your chinchilla dust at your local pet store or online store as the case may be. You also want to acquire a bowl or a dust house, preferably one with a cover because it can get messy. After you do that, place about half an inch of chinchilla dust in the bowl. You're going to offer this bowl to the chinchilla about twice a week for fifteen minute sessions. Then, just sit back and let them do their thing. They will have fun scampering about, getting all dusted about, and that will help to release those oils.

Cleaning Up for Next Chinchilla Dust Bath

After that, you are going to remove the house, or the bowl and you are going to remove the clumps in there that you don't need. You can reuse the dust if it looks clean. However, it never hurts to use a whole new batch of chinchilla dust for the next session. If a chinchilla does not want to take a bath immediately, that's okay, you can certainly leave it in there or wait until dusk or dawn, because that is when they are most active. After that you can take it out and try again. It's really up to whatever your schedule is, but you really do want to get at least two times a week into their schedule.

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