Difficulty Giving Birth in Chinchillas



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.


Living and Management


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.