Small Animals

What Do Guinea Pigs Do All Day?

Guinea pigs like quiet environments and appreciate having a box or tunnel in which to hide and rest. Your guinea pig will enjoy supervised exercise outside its cage. Like all rodents, guinea pigs explore their world through nibbling on new items; therefore, you should check their play area for any potential hazards. Related posts: What Should You Feed Your Hampster? Hamsters need their space, too

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Most common disorders of Rats

Respiratory disease (mycoplasmosis, secondary infections, viruses) Congestive heart failure Mammary tumors Cancer Ectoparasitism Pituitary tumors Abscesses Obesity Pododermatitis (foot infection) Malocclusion Sudden death/trauma Nephrosis Overheating/chilling/heat stress Paraplegia in geriatric rats The most common health problem in rats is respiratory disease. Visiting your veterinarian for routine health checks will help prevent many diseases and support you in having a fun, satisfying relationship with your pet rat. For help in finding a

What your veterinarian looks for in a healthy Hamster

  Bright, shiny eyes Nose and eyes clear of any discharge Nails and teeth not overgrown Males have normal scent glands (dark patches on their flanks) Hair coat in good condition (no hair loss or greasy or unkempt appearance)   Related posts: What your veterinarian looks for in a healthy ferret What your veterinarian looks for in a healthy Hedgehog Budgie Parakeets: Your comprehensive guide How to Tell if Your

Hamsters need their space, too

Known unofficially as “pocket pets,” hamsters are sweet, cute and docile little critters, right? Wrong. Although undeniably adorable, hamsters can be fiercely territorial animals, and will fight if they feel their turf is being invaded. Even males from the same litter will attack each other on occasion. Since their domestication in 1930, several varieties of hamsters have become common. The three basic groups that are now popular as pets are

What your veterinarian looks for in a healthy ferret

Dry or slightly moist nose Bright, clear eyes and clean teeth Trim nails Supple, elongated abdomen with no abnormal lumps Smooth, glistening coat Curious and playful attitude Clean anus   Related posts: What your veterinarian looks for in a healthy Hedgehog Housing for your African pygmy hedgehog

Housing for your African pygmy hedgehog

Here are some tips for the best possible housing for your hedgehog: be a smooth-walled enclosure that is high enough to prevent escape. Aquariums 20 gallon or larger are acceptable contain newspaper or recycled material bedding to a depth of several inches and should be changed frequently and kept dry be maintained in the optimum environmental temperature range of 75-85 F include accessories for climbing/hiding: box, untreated fruit tree log

Vital Statistics: Gerbils

Body length (no tail): 3-6 inches (7-15 cm) Total body weight: 50-80 grams (females), 80-130 grams (males) Age of sexual maturity: 65-85 days Average life span in captivity: 3-5 years Related posts: Vital Statistics: Rabbits

What Should You Feed Your Hampster?

Hamsters should be fed commercial pellets specifically designed for small rodents. Young hamsters begin eating solid food at 7-10 days of age, so food and water must be accessible for their smaller size. Treats may include such items as tiny bits of apple (no seeds or skin), raisins and walnuts. Drinking water is provided via sipper tubes. The water should be changed daily to ensure that the tube is functional