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Bacterial (Yersinia) Infection in Chinchillas



Treatment is not effective in dealing with cases of yersiniosis. Oral or injectable antibiotics and other supportive therapy may be administered, but the outcome is usually negative.


Living and Management


Though the general outcome of chinchillas affected with yersiniosis is poor, any recovering chinchilla must be placed in a sterile environment. Clean and disinfect the cages before allowing the chinchilla inside. Make sure to provide fresh and clean drinking water and diet. Do not allow the recovering chinchilla to come in contact with other chinchillas and take to prevent any wild rodents from accessing your pet’s cage. Lastly, follow the supportive care as advised by your veterinarian.




To prevent infection, improved general chinchilla husbandry and sanitation are required and disinfec­tion practices should be intensified. Also, exposure to wild rodents should be eliminated.