Sexual hormone fluctuation in chinchillas.

The veterinary clinics of North America. Exotic animal practice

PubMedID: 23347544

Celiberti S, Gloria A, Contri A, Carluccio A, Peric T, Melillo A, Robbe D. Sexual hormone fluctuation in chinchillas. Vet Clin North Am Exot Anim Pract. 2013;.
The data about chinchilla (Chinchilla laniger) reproduction are limited and in some cases discordant. The aim of this study was to monitor the sexual hormone fluctuation by fecal progesterone level and colpocytology analysis by vaginal smears in order to evaluate the different phases of the oestrus cycle. Twenty-four non pregnant chinchillas aged from 1 to 4 years old and subdivided in three groups were monitored. In contrast with findings reported in other study, the high values of progesterone recorded in autumn suggested the presence of a ciclicity also in this period. The data indicate that chinchilla presents a continuous cycle.Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.