Guinea Pigs And Chinchillas

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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Large rodents tend to be...

    • A.

      Monogastric herbivores

    • B.

      Hindgut fermenters

    • C.

      Omnivorous

    • D.

      Monogastric omnivores

    Correct Answer
    A. Monogastric herbivores
    Explanation
    Large rodents tend to be monogastric herbivores. Monogastric refers to having a simple stomach, which means they have one compartment for digestion. Herbivores are animals that primarily consume plant material. Large rodents, such as capybaras and beavers, have a diet that consists mainly of vegetation, including grasses, leaves, and bark. Their digestive system is adapted to break down and extract nutrients from plant material efficiently. Therefore, the correct answer is monogastric herbivores.

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  • 2. 

    The teeth of large rodents grow continuously. 

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Open-rooted.

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  • 3. 

    Large rodents are best.....

    • A.

      In pairs or small groups

    • B.

      In a large group

    • C.

      Totally alone

    • D.

      With another intact rodent of the opposite sex

    Correct Answer
    A. In pairs or small groups
    Explanation
    Large rodents are best kept in pairs or small groups because they are social animals that thrive in the company of others. Being in a group allows them to engage in natural behaviors such as grooming, playing, and socializing. It also provides them with a sense of security and reduces stress. Keeping them alone can lead to loneliness, boredom, and behavioral issues. However, it is important to ensure that the rodents are compatible and have enough space and resources to avoid conflicts.

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  • 4. 

    Guinea pigs do not tolerate...

    • A.

      Changes in diet or environment

    • B.

      Restraint

    • C.

      The company of other guinea pigs

    • D.

      Messy cages

    Correct Answer
    A. Changes in diet or environment
    Explanation
    Guinea pigs have sensitive digestive systems and can easily get upset by sudden changes in their diet or environment. These changes can lead to digestive issues like diarrhea or bloating. Therefore, it is important to introduce any dietary or environmental changes gradually to allow their bodies to adjust. Restraint, the company of other guinea pigs, and messy cages may cause stress or discomfort to some guinea pigs, but they are generally better tolerated compared to changes in diet or environment.

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  • 5. 

    Guinea pig gestation period.

    • A.

      2 months

    • B.

      2 weeks

    • C.

      3 weeks

    • D.

      3 months

    Correct Answer
    A. 2 months
    Explanation
    The correct answer is 2 months. The gestation period of a guinea pig is approximately 2 months. This means that the time between conception and giving birth is around 2 months.

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  • 6. 

    Guinea pigs are weaned by...

    • A.

      2-3 weeks

    • B.

      2 weeks

    • C.

      4 weeks

    • D.

      10 days

    Correct Answer
    A. 2-3 weeks
    Explanation
    Guinea pigs are weaned by 2-3 weeks. Weaning is the process of transitioning a young animal from its mother's milk to solid food. Guinea pigs typically start eating solid food around 2 weeks of age, but they continue to nurse for a few more weeks. By the time they reach 3 weeks, they are usually fully weaned and no longer rely on their mother's milk for nutrition.

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  • 7. 

    Guinea pigs may be able to breed by 3 weeks of age.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    4 weeks.

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  • 8. 

    Why are wire bottom cage a problem for guinea pigs?

    • A.

      Foot problems

    • B.

      Food will fall out of the cage

    • C.

      Bad for defecation

    • D.

      It makes the cage more messy

    Correct Answer
    A. Foot problems
    Explanation
    Wire bottom cages are a problem for guinea pigs because they can cause foot problems. The wires can be uncomfortable and may cause injuries or sores on the guinea pig's feet. Additionally, the wires can get stuck in their nails or toes, leading to pain and potential infections. Guinea pigs need a solid surface to walk on to prevent foot issues, so wire bottom cages are not suitable for them.

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  • 9. 

    The most essential vitamin for guinea pigs iiiiis....?

    • A.

      Vit C

    • B.

      Vit D

    • C.

      Vit E

    • D.

      Vit B

    Correct Answer
    A. Vit C
    Explanation
    Guinea pigs require vitamin C in their diet because they cannot produce it on their own. Vitamin C is essential for their overall health and well-being, as it helps in the formation of collagen, which is important for the health of their skin, bones, and blood vessels. It also plays a crucial role in the immune system, aiding in the prevention of diseases and infections. Therefore, providing guinea pigs with a sufficient amount of vitamin C through their diet is crucial to ensure their optimal health.

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  • 10. 

    Guinea pigs need ____ of Vit C for daily maintenance. If they're sick, they may need as much as ____.

    • A.

      10+mg/kg/day, 100mg/kg/day

    • B.

      100mg/kg/day, 150mg/kg/day

    • C.

      15+mg/kg/day, 100mg/kg/day

    • D.

      15+mg/kg/day, 150mg/kg/day

    Correct Answer
    A. 10+mg/kg/day, 100mg/kg/day
    Explanation
    Guinea pigs need a minimum of 10+mg/kg/day of Vitamin C for their daily maintenance. However, if they are sick, they may require as much as 100mg/kg/day to support their immune system and aid in their recovery.

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  • 11. 

    Vitamine C deficiency may cause.... (check all that apply)

    • A.

      Scurvy

    • B.

      Joint illness

    • C.

      Damage to the gums and teeth

    • D.

      Bladder calculi

    • E.

      Malocclusion problems

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Scurvy
    B. Joint illness
    C. Damage to the gums and teeth
    E. Malocclusion problems
    Explanation
    Vitamin C deficiency can cause scurvy, a disease characterized by weakness, fatigue, and bleeding gums. It can also lead to joint illness, as vitamin C is essential for the production of collagen, which is important for the health of joints. Damage to the gums and teeth can occur due to the weakened connective tissues caused by vitamin C deficiency. Malocclusion problems, such as misalignment of the teeth and jaws, can also be a consequence of inadequate vitamin C levels. Bladder calculi, however, are not directly associated with vitamin C deficiency.

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  • 12. 

    Pellets contain a sufficient amount of Vit C for the needs of guinea pigs.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The statement is false because pellets do not contain a sufficient amount of Vitamin C for the needs of guinea pigs. Guinea pigs require a daily intake of Vitamin C in their diet, as they cannot produce it on their own. Pellets typically do not provide enough Vitamin C, and it is recommended to supplement their diet with fresh fruits and vegetables that are high in Vitamin C.

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  • 13. 

    Excess _____ contributes to bladder calculi.

    • A.

      Calcium/Vit D

    • B.

      Calcium/Vit E

    • C.

      Vit C/Vit D

    • D.

      Oxalates/Vit D

    Correct Answer
    A. Calcium/Vit D
    Explanation
    Excess calcium and vitamin D contribute to bladder calculi. Calcium is a mineral that can form crystals in the bladder when there is an excess amount. Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium, so if there is too much vitamin D, it can lead to an increase in calcium levels. This excess calcium can then contribute to the formation of bladder calculi, which are hard deposits that can cause pain and discomfort.

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  • 14. 

    Oxalates are preferably given in low amounts to guinea pigs.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Oxalates are substances found in many foods that can bind to calcium and form crystals, which can lead to health issues such as kidney stones. Guinea pigs are prone to developing these stones, so it is recommended to give them foods low in oxalates to minimize the risk. Therefore, the statement that oxalates are preferably given in low amounts to guinea pigs is true.

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  • 15. 

    How do you sex guinea pigs?

    • A.

      Females have a Y-shaped opening, while males have a slit-like opening with prominent testes (penis may be extruded).

    • B.

      Anogenital distance

    • C.

      Check the male for a scrotum and penis

    • D.

      The male's penis is located centrallyon the ventral side.

    Correct Answer
    A. Females have a Y-shaped opening, while males have a slit-like opening with prominent testes (penis may be extruded).
    Explanation
    The correct answer explains that females have a Y-shaped opening, while males have a slit-like opening with prominent testes. This is a reliable method to determine the sex of guinea pigs. The presence of a Y-shaped opening indicates that the guinea pig is female, while a slit-like opening with prominent testes suggests that the guinea pig is male. It also mentions that the male's penis may be extruded and provides additional information about checking for a scrotum and penis. This explanation provides clear and accurate information on how to sex guinea pigs.

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  • 16. 

    Common problems of guinea pigs encountered in practice. (Check all that apply)

    • A.

      Vitamin C deficiency

    • B.

      Malocclusion/dental disease

    • C.

      Antibiotic toxicity

    • D.

      Pododermatitis

    • E.

      External parasites

    • F.

      Internal parasites

    • G.

      Bladder infections/calculi

    • H.

      Ovarian cysts

    • I.

      Dystocia

    • J.

      Pregnancy toxemia

    • K.

      Dermatitis

    • L.

      MAKE IT STAAAAAHP

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Vitamin C deficiency
    B. Malocclusion/dental disease
    C. Antibiotic toxicity
    D. Pododermatitis
    E. External parasites
    G. Bladder infections/calculi
    H. Ovarian cysts
    I. Dystocia
    J. Pregnancy toxemia
    Explanation
    LoL that's a lot....

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  • 17. 

    Chinchillas! They are ____, ____ animals.

    • A.

      Nocturnal, social

    • B.

      Cute, fluffy

    • C.

      Diurnal, solitary

    • D.

      Nocturnal, solitary

    Correct Answer
    A. Nocturnal, social
    Explanation
    Chinchillas are nocturnal animals, meaning they are most active during the night. They have adapted to this lifestyle by having excellent night vision and being more alert and active during the dark hours. Additionally, chinchillas are social animals, meaning they prefer to live in groups or pairs. They engage in social behaviors such as grooming each other, playing, and communicating through vocalizations. Living in social groups provides them with companionship and a sense of security.

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  • 18. 

    Chinchillas are very prone to heat stroke. 

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Chinchillas are small rodents that are native to the Andes Mountains, where temperatures are typically cool. Due to their natural habitat, chinchillas are not well adapted to high temperatures and are therefore highly susceptible to heat stroke. Their dense fur and lack of sweat glands make it difficult for them to regulate their body temperature in hot environments. As a result, chinchillas should be kept in cool, well-ventilated areas and provided with plenty of fresh water and opportunities to cool down. Therefore, the statement "Chinchillas are very prone to heat stroke" is true.

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  • 19. 

    Chinchillas need ____ and _____.

    • A.

      Low temperatures, humidity

    • B.

      High temperatures, humidity

    • C.

      Low temperatures

    • D.

      High temperatures

    Correct Answer
    A. Low temperatures, humidity
    Explanation
    Chinchillas need low temperatures and humidity because they are native to the cool and dry climate of the Andes Mountains. In their natural habitat, they are adapted to survive in temperatures ranging from 60 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit and low humidity levels. High temperatures can cause heat stress and even death in chinchillas, while low humidity can lead to dry skin and respiratory problems. Therefore, maintaining a cool and dry environment is essential for the health and well-being of chinchillas.

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  • 20. 

    Humidity >50% is best for chinchillas.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Less than 50%.

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  • 21. 

    Optimum temperature for chinchillas is...

    • A.

      10-20 C

    • B.

      10-15 C

    • C.

      5-15 C

    • D.

      8-12 C

    Correct Answer
    A. 10-20 C
    Explanation
    Chinchillas are small rodents that are native to the Andes Mountains, where temperatures can vary greatly. The optimum temperature range for chinchillas is 10-20 degrees Celsius. This range allows them to maintain their body temperature without overheating or becoming too cold. Temperatures below 10 degrees Celsius may be too cold for chinchillas, while temperatures above 20 degrees Celsius can cause them to overheat and potentially suffer from heat stroke. Therefore, maintaining a temperature within the range of 10-20 degrees Celsius is ideal for the health and well-being of chinchillas.

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  • 22. 

    Gestation period of chinchillas.

    • A.

      111 days

    • B.

      60 days

    • C.

      75 days

    • D.

      2 months

    Correct Answer
    A. 111 days
    Explanation
    The gestation period of chinchillas is 111 days. This is the amount of time it takes for a chinchilla to develop and grow inside the womb before being born. It is important to know the gestation period in order to properly care for pregnant chinchillas and anticipate when they will give birth.

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  • 23. 

    Chinchillas are weaned by 6-8 weeks.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Chinchillas are small rodents that are typically weaned by 6-8 weeks of age. Weaning refers to the process of transitioning from a diet of solely milk to solid food. At around 6-8 weeks, chinchillas are developmentally ready to start eating solid foods and no longer rely on their mother's milk for nutrition. Therefore, the statement "Chinchillas are weaned by 6-8 weeks" is true.

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  • 24. 

    Chinchillas are sexually mature by...

    • A.

      4-8 months

    • B.

      2-4 months

    • C.

      3-5 months

    • D.

      3-6 months

    Correct Answer
    A. 4-8 months
    Explanation
    Chinchillas are sexually mature by 4-8 months. This means that they reach reproductive maturity and are capable of reproducing between the ages of 4 and 8 months. This is a typical age range for chinchillas to become sexually active and start breeding.

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  • 25. 

    A ___ is essential for chinchillas.

    • A.

      Dust bath

    • B.

      Low fibre diet

    • C.

      Single level cage

    • D.

      Wooden cage

    Correct Answer
    A. Dust bath
    Explanation
    Chinchillas require a dust bath to maintain their hygiene and overall health. Dust bathing helps them to remove excess oil and moisture from their fur, preventing matting and skin issues. It also helps to control parasites and keeps their fur clean and soft. Therefore, a dust bath is essential for chinchillas.

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  • 26. 

    Chinchillas require a _____ diet.

    • A.

      High fibre

    • B.

      Low fibre

    • C.

      High protein

    • D.

      Low carb

    Correct Answer
    A. High fibre
    Explanation
    Chinchillas require a high fiber diet because they are herbivores and their digestive system is adapted to process high amounts of fiber. Fiber is essential for their overall digestive health, as it helps prevent digestive issues such as blockages and promotes proper gut motility. High fiber foods, such as hay and grass, also help wear down their continuously growing teeth and provide essential nutrients. Therefore, a high fiber diet is crucial for the well-being and proper functioning of a chinchilla's digestive system.

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  • 27. 

    Female chinchillas have urinary papilla, which resemble a penis.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Female chinchillas have a structure called the urinary papilla, which resembles a penis. This is a unique feature in female chinchillas and is not commonly found in other female mammals. The presence of the urinary papilla in female chinchillas is a natural anatomical characteristic that helps with urine elimination. Therefore, the statement "Female chinchillas have urinary papilla, which resemble a penis" is true.

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  • 28. 

    Best way to sex chinchillas...

    • A.

      Assess the anogenital distance

    • B.

      Check for a Y-opening in females

    • C.

      Check for hemipene in the males

    • D.

      Check urinary papilla in females

    Correct Answer
    A. Assess the anogenital distance
    Explanation
    The best way to determine the sex of chinchillas is by assessing the anogenital distance. This refers to the distance between the anus and the genital opening. In general, males have a greater anogenital distance compared to females. By measuring this distance, one can accurately identify the sex of a chinchilla. This method is reliable and commonly used by veterinarians and chinchilla breeders.

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  • 29. 

    Common conditions encountered in practice for chinchillas. (Check all that apply)

    • A.

      Antibiotic toxicity

    • B.

      Malocclusion

    • C.

      GI problems

    • D.

      Dermatological conditions

    • E.

      Trauma

    • F.

      Dystocia

    • G.

      Eclampsia

    • H.

      Pododermatitis

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Antibiotic toxicity
    B. Malocclusion
    C. GI problems
    D. Dermatological conditions
    E. Trauma
    Explanation
    Chinchillas are prone to several common conditions. Antibiotic toxicity can occur if the chinchilla is given an incorrect dosage or if they are sensitive to a specific antibiotic. Malocclusion refers to dental problems, where their teeth do not align properly and can cause pain and difficulty eating. GI problems can include issues such as diarrhea or constipation. Dermatological conditions can range from skin infections to allergies. Trauma can occur from accidents or falls. These conditions are commonly encountered in chinchillas in practice. Explanation is complete.

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  • 30. 

    A proper diet is critical for dental and GI health in large rodents.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    A proper diet is indeed critical for dental and GI health in large rodents. Large rodents, such as guinea pigs and rabbits, have unique dietary needs that must be met to ensure their overall health. These animals have continuously growing teeth, and a proper diet helps to wear down their teeth naturally and prevent dental problems. Additionally, a balanced diet is essential for maintaining a healthy gastrointestinal system in large rodents. Inadequate nutrition can lead to digestive issues and other health problems. Therefore, it is true that a proper diet is critical for dental and GI health in large rodents.

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