Sometimes referred to as gastric ulcers, stomach ulcers are inflammatory lesions of the stomach's mucous membrane lining. These ulcers often occur in young chinchillas and are frequently caused by eating coarse, fibrous roughage. Eating toxic, moldy feed can also damage the stomach lining.
This condition is often difficult to diagnose because signs such as loss of appetite and stomach pains are easily overlooked. Therefore, it is important to remain vigilant of your chinchilla's actions, bringing it to a veterinarian at the first sign of stomach ulcers.
Symptoms of stomach ulcers are not always noticeable, but you should look out for a depressed appearance and a loss of appetite in your gerbil. It may also suffer from stomach pains, occasionally rolling around on the ground because of it.
Young chinchillas are more susceptible to stomach ulcers because of their tender stomachs. But it can occur in chinchillas of all ages, especially if they have eaten coarse, fibrous roughage or moldy feed.
Your veterinarian may conduct various gastrointestinal exams to diagnose the condition.
A type of animal feed that is high in fiber; may include hay or pasture crops
A special type of tissue that exudes mucus
The digestive tract containing the stomach and intestine
Anything having to do with the stomach