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Dental Disease in Dogs & Cats

Many pet parents may be surprised to learn that dental disease is considered the most common medical condition in dogs and cats. Dental disease is known more accurately as periodontal disease because it affects the gums in addition to the teeth. There is growing scientific evidence that indicates that periodontal disease is a risk factor […]

Little Pets in the Classroom

Caring for little pets teaches children about animal behavior and how to be a responsible pet owner. Teachers deciding whether to add a bunny, hamster or other small animal into the classroom environment should consider the benefits that having a class pet may instill with the students:   Building Responsibility – While the teacher has […]

Preventing Escapes: How to Keep Your Small Pets in Their Cages

A big house is no place for small pet. It’s important to keep their sense of adventure in check to keep them safe. Small pets have an uncanny ability to follow their curiosity to unknown places beyond the walls of their cages and habitats. Using their wit and wile they often find themselves wandering the […]

Choosing the Right Bedding

With so many products on the market, keep a few essentials in mind when choosing small animal bedding. Waste-absorbing litter or bedding is required for most small animal cages. Whichever product you decide on, always change the litter or bedding often to keep your pet healthy. Many good options are available, but be aware of […]

Perfecting Your Small Pet’s Home

Whether you have a rabbit, guinea pig, or gerbil, there are some essential features for your small pet’s home. The time has arrived! You’ve chosen your new pet and found his perfect cage. You’re ready to have him move in and become part of the family. There’s a lot more to a pet’s home, however, […]

Making a Home for Your New Small Animal

Every small animal has a different idea of a happy home. Your friend will be spending a lot of time in his home. Make sure that it is well suited to his needs. Guinea pigs, hamsters and gerbils:  bigger is better For your guinea pig, the cage should be at least 28 inches long by […]

Small Animal Bathing Basics

Changes in appearance could signal health problems. Small animals (mice, rats, hamsters and gerbils) are clean, odor-free animals that self groom. An unusual smell or appearance is most likely due to poor health or poor habitat maintenance on your part. Signs of poor health If a small animal develops a rough or unkempt coat, loses […]

Small Animal Grooming 101

Mice, rats, hamsters and gerbils all practice self-cleaning & maintenance. Most small animals are clean and odor-free. If there is an odor problem in theses animals’ habitats, the fault likely lies with poor cage maintenance, not the fastidious pet inside. Bathing There is no need to bathe most small animals. In fact, bathing can hurt […]

Knowing What to Feed Your Pet Rats and Mice

Understanding the nutritional needs of your pet rats and mice is essential. Here is a short guide for their daily feeding. Mice and rats are known for their propensity to nibble on any piece of nourishment they may encounter, picking at crumbs on the floor and food in the cabinet. Despite this, you cannot simply […]

Fiber in Your Rabbit’s Diet

Fiber is an essential component of your rabbit’s diet. Fiber may be the most important ingredient in your rabbit’s diet. It helps his digestive system run smoothly and keeps him fit and healthy. Here is what you need to know about fiber and the best sources of it: Benefits of Fiber: Fiber helps your rabbit stay […]

A Guide to Understanding Your Pet Chinchilla’s Daily Diet and Nutrition

Pet chinchillas aren’t the most common animal, so it might be a little more difficult to figure out their nutritional needs. Here’s a short guide to help you do just that. If you’ve chosen to own a pet chinchilla, you probably already know you won’t be getting an ordinary domestic animal. Chinchillas are exotic pets […]

Dealing with an Overweight Rabbit or Guinea Pig

Make sure to follow nutrition guidelines to keep your small pet from developing a weight problem. Just like a human, it’s possible for your small pet to struggle with his weight. If your rabbit or guinea pig has a poor diet and gets too little exercise, he will have trouble keeping off the pounds. Diet […]

A Small Animal’s Daily Diet

Small animal diets are just as diverse as the individual species are. Water is the number-one nutrient requirement for all animals. Fresh, clean water should be provided in a water bottle with a sipper tube and changed daily. The following are some food requirements that are species specific: Hamsters and Gerbils Gerbils and hamsters are […]

Using Small Animal Treats and Supplements Wisely

Should you be feeding your pet supplements or treats at all? No matter what kind of animal you’ve invited in to share your home, you may ask yourself a question: aren’t pet food treats really just for the benefit of the owner? Make time for treats Pet food treats are worthwhile for small animals. They […]

Foods Your Small Animal Should Avoid

Each small animal has a diet unique to it’s species. Vitamin C: guinea pigs need a lot of it, but in its citrus form it is bad for hamsters. Dairy products are OK for some small animals, but not for others. The alphabetical list below presents most foods that all small animals should avoid. When […]