Chinchillas are becoming increasingly popular as pets, and so are being presented more often for veterinary care. The most common indications for anaesthesia of chinchillas include the diagnosis and treatment of dental disease, neutering, caesarean section, fracture repair and the collection of diagnostic samples. For successful anaesthesia of chinchillas, an understanding of their particular anatomy and physiology, and a sound knowledge of anaesthesia, is important. This article discusses the perianaesthetic and anaesthetic management of these animals.
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