Chinchillas do not need vaccinations, annual check-ups, vitamins, nail trimming, dental cleanings, grooming services, ginormous habitats, chilling stones, or exercise of any type.
Chinchillas will never need routine teeth trims. If your vet wants to trim your chins teeth, please politely decline, exit the facility as quickly as possible, and contact one of the vets listed here.
Your chin should only need a vet if it is injured, stops eating, or appears sick. If your chin has an area of missing fur, it's probably fungus which is easily resolved with Blue Tails anti-fungal dust available in my shop. Don't take your chin to a vet for missing fur, save money and frustration by contacting a breeder!
Malocclusion is when chinchilla molars or incisors grow at the wrong angle, causing the teeth to not meet properly, or malocclude. Chinchilla teeth are always growing and need to meet properly to wear down. When the teeth don't wear at the chewing surface, the roots will grow into the jawbones, or spurs will form in the cheek or tongue area. Maloccluded chins may have drooling, weight loss, no appetite, or succumb to other ailments, but they are always experiencing pain
Malo is the result of bad breeding, improper food, calcium deficiency, injury, or a combination of those items. Misalignment from an injury (dropping) can be resolved with tooth trimming or filing by an experienced chin vet and will require several visits to insure realignment. Some injuries result in permanent damage that cannot be repaired. Chins cannot recover from genetic malo, or overgrown molars. Genetic malo will appear at about 24 months of age.
Malo can often be diagnosed when drooling and incisor misalignment are present, but many cases are identified only by x-ray. Unfortunately, when well-meaning vets discover malo, they will often trim the teeth, prescribe an antibiotic and syringe feeding, and repeat each time the chin comes back. This isn't their fault; they weren't taught malo prognosis in vet school, and they are just trying to extend the chin's life for the client.
Experienced vets and breeders have learned that most malo is permanent. They know through experience with many chinchillas that the teeth won't realign, that the chin has tremendous suffering, and will have a slow and painful death. Experienced vets and breeders always recommend euthanasia for malocluded chins to relieve their pain and suffering.
If you have questions about your chin's health, please contact me and I'll try to help.