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When You Travel

When You Travel

Using a Pet Sitter or Boarding Facility

  • The best option may be locating a reliable pet sitter or boarding facility equipped to handle small mammals.

  • You should leave your pet sitter with detailed instructions on caring for your chinchilla, the phone number where you can be reached, and the address and phone number of your regular veterinarian, as well as a 24-hour emergency veterinary clinic.

  • It may be a good idea to have your pet sitter carry out the instructions once while you are there to be sure he or she fully understands the responsibilities involved.

Traveling in a Car

  • If you must take the chinchilla somewhere in a car, you must always be aware of the temperature inside the car. Excessive heat can be fatal to a chinchilla.

  • Put the chinchilla in a hard plastic, airline-type carrier that can be locked, and be sure the carrier is not in the sun.

Traveling on a Plane

  • Get an airline-approved carrier and call the airline well in advance of your trip to make a reservation for your chinchilla in the cabin so that you may place the carrier under your seat. Most airlines limit the number of pets allowed in the cabin on each flight.

  • If the airline will not allow the carrier in the cabin, be sure they have a climate controlled area of the cargo hold where they put pets.

Items to Take with You

  • Be sure to have plenty of fresh water, feed, hay, and bedding, and the chinchilla’s toys and chew toys.