chinchilla breed information


common health issues

Gingivitis is inflammation of the gums. In some cats, severe gingivitis occurs due to hypersensitivity to the plaque surrounding the tooth. The cause of this hypersensitivity is unknown, and severe cases can cause tooth decay. Removal of the teeth (including tooth roots) seems to be curative and is recommended due to the discomfort caused in severe cases.

Hip dysplasia is an inherited condition in which the ball and socket of the hip joint do not fit well together, resulting in a hip with increased laxity. This laxity can lead to degenerative changes and depending on the severity, may require surgical correction.

Arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC) is a cardiac condition that Boxers are prone to develop. In this adult onset disease, cardiac muscle responsible for pumping the heart is replaced with fatty tissue, leading to dysfunction of the heart, arrhythmias, and congestive heart failure. Medical treatment centers on normalizing the heart rate and rhythm.

The retina is responsible for transmitting light to the brain where it is interpreted as an image. PRA causes deterioration of retinal cells and causes blindness. It can affect puppies as young as a few weeks old, or may appear later in life. There is no treatment or cure, but blind dogs usually can lead quite happy lives.

As its name implies, polycystic kidney disease is a disease in which cysts form in the kidney. This causes them to be enlarged, and disrupts their normal function. Polycystic kidney disease generally leads to kidney failure. There is no specific treatment � supportive treatment for kidney failure improves quality of life.

Unlike some cat breeds that developed through natural selection, the Chinchilla cat is the product of specific selective breeding over many years. Essentially a Persian cat with a paler coat, the first Chinchilla was seen in a color mutation that occurred in the United Kingdom in 1882.

Like other Persians, the Chinchilla variety is a sweet cat with a quiet disposition who prefers an equally quiet household. These easy going cats are quick to jump in your lap, and genuinely enjoy the company of their owners. Their long hair will need daily grooming to prevent mats, especially in the warmer months.

One important difference of Chinchillas from Persians is the appearance of their noses. The distinct snub nose of the Persian is slightly less pronounced in the Chinchilla variety, making them less prone to brachycephalic syndrome.

Though Chinchillas have no specific hereditary conditions to call their own, they are still prone to conditions seen more often in Persian cats, which can adversely affect their health – not to mention your family budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Chinchillas are prone to include kidney problems such as polycystic kidney disease; heart problems such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy; joint conditions such as hip dysplasia; eye conditions such as progressive retinal atrophy; and dental problems such as gingivitis.

Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Chinchilla has the misfortune of inheriting more than just a beautiful pale coat, you’re covered.

Use the condition checker tool to learn what common conditions your pet may have.

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  • your share of the cost: $450
  • Petplan's reimbursement to you: $1550
  • coverage remaining in policy period: Unlimited
    (full policy limits are reinstated upon renewal)