Feb 2, 2016 - I have heard many horror stories of pet rats attacking and killing other pets such as other small rodents and birds. Just keep them away!
When you visit Anchor Animal Hospital for your initial veterinary check-up after you decide to keep small rodents as pets, make sure to ask about diet. Many pet stores have pellet feed and other seed or variety options available, but all products labeled “rat food” are not created equal. In addition to a pre-packaged base food, veterinary care in Massachusetts recommends that rats should be given access to fresh fruits and veggies on a daily basis. Some of the foods that will provide nutrition and be appreciated by your pet rat most include bananas, apples, carrots and broccoli.
Not every pet owner wants a cat or a dog. Some people prefer to keep small rodents as pets. Hamsters, mice, Guinea pigs, rats and other rodents can make great pets. However, while they are smaller and may seem to require less care, they in fact can require even more care, as they depend on you for everything from their habitat to food and water, care and check-ups at your local veterinary clinic in Dartmouth, bedding and substrate, chewing items and toys, plus a whole lot more. Take time to research an animal and its specific needs before just adopting it at the local pet store or animal rescue. Make sure you will be able to afford to get everything that they need in order to live a safe, healthy and happy life.
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Rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, ferrets, chinchillas, sugar gliders, hedgehogs, gerbils, rats, mice and other small rodents are fun pets to keep. As long as they are kept healthy, provided with a warm home, given plenty of attention and fed a good diet they are fairly easy to keep happy. Some small animals, such as guinea pigs, are particularly suitable for a young child’s first pet allowing them to share responsibility with you for the pet’s upkeep.Small pets require veterinary care, just like cats and dogs. Anchor Animal Hospital in Dartmouth is one of the few local clinics that specializes in pocket pets. Our team can assist with education and support for Guinea pig care and feeding, veterinary exams for hamsters and gerbils, as well as other treatments and preventive care for other small rodents as pets. It pays to have a good veterinarian that you trust to provide all of the necessary care and advice that you will require to provide a good home and healthy life for your pet.Other small rodents, such as mice and hamsters, can nip more and tend to be active at night, notes Hoppes. Guinea pigs and chinchillas are gentle sweet pets, but they have special dietary needs and all of their teeth continuously grow.What are pocket pets? Even the name itself conjures up images of adorable little furry creatures in the care of smiling children. Pocket pets are defined loosely by veterinarians and pet stores as small creatures, typically rodents such as hamsters, guinea pigs, mice, gerbils and fancy rats. While they look easy enough to care for when your child is pleading in front of the glass tank at the pet store, there is a lot more to the proper care and feeding of pocket pets than you might realize. However, once you understand what they need – and when they need it – it can become a great teaching tool for children and even bring an appreciation of the dedication that is required to care for these creatures by the entire family.