Herpes Virus Infection in Chinchillas

Treatment

 

Treatment specifically directed against this viral disease is not practical in chinchillas. However, symptomatic treatment to deal with the seizures, conjunctivitis, and rhinitis may be provided by your veterinarian as a short-term relief.

 

Living and Management

 

Chinchillas affected with human herpes virus seldom recover from the condition. In fact, a veterinarian will recommend euthanizing (putting to sleep) an infected chinchilla, since it can serve as temporary reservoir for human infection.

 

Surviving chinchillas can be maintained separately and handled carefully. Feed them a good diet, consisting of fresh foods. Consult your veterinarian as to what foods are appropriate and any other management strategies that may be necessary.

 

Prevention

 

If you or any of your neighbors have been diagnosed as suffering from the human herpes virus, avoid handling your chinchilla. Make sure that the foods and water given to your chinchilla is fresh and uncontaminated. These steps may help to reduce the incidences of human herpes virus infection in chinchillas.