Chinchilla Veterinarian Serving Akron, Barberton & Wadsworth
Dr. Riggs is an experienced chinchilla vet with 30 years of experience and practice. We provide complete chinchilla care and are qualified to properly evaluate and treat them. Chinchillas require no shots or vaccinations. However, they are prone to respiratory problems that may need treatment to clear up. Symptoms include: sneezing, coughing, wheezing, labored breathing, runny nose, and ear discharge. In order to keep your chin happy and healthy, we provide the following veterinary services:
Chinchilla Wellness Exams
As part of your chinchilla’s wellness examination, we’ll consult with you about your concerns and discuss specific needs of your chinchilla such as diet. We will visually examine teeth, ears, eyes, mouth, and skin for signs of illness. If we find anything abnormal, we may do testing to diagnose possible illness.
Chinchilla Parasite Control
Chinchilla’s are less prone to fleas and ticks because of their dense fur. However, they can get internal parasites that may cause problems and illness if not treated. We offer internal parasite control medication to keep your chin pest free.
Chinchilla Dental Care
Like all rodents, chinchilla’s teeth grow continuously their whole lives. Genetic and developmental issues can result in overgrown teeth that can cause potentially fatal health problems. Chinchillas may require molar trimmings if their teeth don’t wear down naturally. Chinchillas need a diet high in coarse food and plenty of safe chewing materials like untreated wood sticks that will help grind their teeth down naturally. If you notice your chin drooling or struggling to eat, he may have a tooth abnormality or excessive growth that needs vet attention.
Chinchilla Diagnostic, Therapeutic, and Surgical Procedures
Our goal is to keep your chinchilla healthy and prevent illness. If your pet is injured or ill, rest assured that we have the tools necessary to diagnose the problem and offer state-of-the-art treatment. From blood testing and radiographs to ultrasound and endoscopy, we have the means to track down your chinchillas’ problems. Once the problem is uncovered we have the expertise, equipment, and the years of experience needed to provide the therapy or surgical procedures required to help our patients.
Chinchilla Emergency Care
Our office is open for your chinchilla’s health care needs Monday through Friday 8:00-6:00 and Saturday 8:00-4:00. If emergency care is required after these hours, you can rely on our 24 hour emergency facility- the Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital. Metro is located at 1053 S. Cleveland-Massilon Rd. in Copley (330-666-2976) and is there to assist with any of our client’s problems. At Metro we have veterinarians and technicians on duty 24 hours daily to address your needs. Metro’s staff doctors rotate through our clinic on a regular basis to assure that they are comfortable addressing the problems of our exotic owning clients.