Summer Chinchilla Care

Do you have a pet chinchilla? If so, you’ll need to show your little buddy some extra TLC over the next few months. The heat can be very dangerous for these adorable little critters! A Michigan City, IN vet offers some summer chinchilla care tips in this article.


Chinchillas are from the frigid Andes, and are in danger of overheating any time the temperatures go above about 75. They can’t sweat to cool off, and have thick fur that’s made to keep them warm. Your tiny pal’s room should always stay between 60 and 70.

Keeping Your Pet Cool

There are a few accessories you can get your chin that will help protect them from the heat. Small granite slabs are a good option, as you can keep them in the freezer. You can also get your little buddy a terracotta pot or tunnel. (If you choose a used one, clean and disinfect it thoroughly.) Ask your vet for specific advice on this.

Sweltering Days

Keep your furball in climate-controlled rooms, and make sure they always have fresh water and something cool to lie on. This can be a frozen water bottle or even a frozen towel. It’s not a bad idea to keep a few of these things in the freezer at all times. Pulling the curtains in your cute pet’s room can also keep the temperatures down.


Overheating is definitely an emergency for these guys! It’s important to know what to look for. Red ears are a definite red flag. Your chin may be lethargic, and perhaps lying listlessly in their tank. Other signs include drooling, seizures, respiratory issues, and/or trouble walking or standing. If you see any or these signs, the first thing to do is cool your pet off. You can give them something cold to lie on, such as a cold towel or a bag of frozen peas or ice cubes with a cloth over it. Another option is to hold your pet in front of an open freezer door. If your little buddy isn’t responding, you can put them in a small container of cool (not cold) water. Hold their head above the surface. A drink of cool water may also help. Contact your vet as you’re doing this.

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