If labor continues for more than four hours, your veterinarian would suspect a case of dystocia and administer oxytocin, a medicine that helps labor progress. If the chinchilla continues to experience difficulty giving birth, a Cesarean section would be performed.
A chinchilla that has undergone dystocia and is recovering should be given good rest in a clean and safe environment. Any supportive care as mentioned by your veterinarian should be administered routinely. Chinchillas in post-operative care following a C-section should be given supportive therapy to help the operation wound heal.
Giving a good nutritious diet to your chinchillas and avoiding breeding at a very early age can prevent dystocia due to these causes from developing. It is advisable to take a scan or an X-ray midway through gestation to check for any abnormalities in the fetus. If such cases are found, it is better to terminate the pregnancy to prevent dystocia from developing.
The hollow bodily organ that holds the embryo and fetus and provides nourishment; only found in female animals.
A type of hormone that is released during parturition that aids in the contraction of the uterus and causes milk to be released
The period that an animal is pregnant in which the fetus develops from conception to birth
Difficulty giving birth