Pet Health Tips
One of the most widespread misconceptions concerning the
proper diet for small herbivore pets (rabbits, guinea pigs,
hamsters, gerbils, chinchillas, and mice, just to name a few)
is the use of commercial rabbit pellets. If you happen to be
using pellets we urge you to do a little research and educate
yourself on the proper food for your pet. One reliable source
of information is authored by Susan A. Brown, Dr. of Veterinary
Medicine. This document is titled “Care of Rabbits” and is very enlightening on this subject. You
can link to this information at http://www.hrschicago.org/dietcarefr.html .
The basics of good pet care are as simple as providing a good clean ample supply of fresh water,
clean living conditions, and free choice access to a quality hay. Hay is appropriate for all ages of
herbivore, they will start consuming hay even prior to weaning as a natural instinctive function.
Grass hay is the most important part of your pet’s diet and allows for them to feed at will, just as
they would in their natural environment.
Premium Alfalfa Hay is a legume hay that’s loaded with many nutrients and is characteristically
very high in protein, calcium, and calories. Alfalfa hay is better suited to the youngster herbivore
due to the fact that they are developing bone structure and muscle tissue. Thus, enabling them to
make good use of the added levels of nutrients. Feeding alfalfa constantly to mature herbivores
as their primary diet can lead to obesity, digestion disorders, and urinary tract problems.
Premium Timothy Hay is a grass hay that is typically high in fiber and Vitamin C and has
sufficient levels of other nutrients appropriate for the adult herbivore. Especially with Guinea Pigs
the high level of Vitamin C is important to help prevent scurvy, which is a condition due to a
Vitamin C deficiency. The high fiber content serves well in aiding the gastrointestinal process
and minimizes problems with hair balls. It also promotes good dental health and provides proper
wear of their front teeth. A good Timothy hay is a very logical and healthy choice as a primary
feed source for any herbivore.
Gnawing is a natural tendency for the herbivore, for some more than others, especially the
young. In most cases if a good source of high quality hay is always available to them they can,
and usually will, satisfy their gnawing urges on the hay instead of other items. Gnawing is their
method of acheiving essential and proper teeth wear. They cannot accomplish this with a primary
diet of pellets, but if you observe how they eat the stems of hay you can see their front teeth
clipping off small bits as they quickly nibble it away. This process allows them to use their front
teeth as they were intended and promotes a healthier dental situation for them.
Disclaimer : Please be advised that everything shown or posted on this website is for general information purposes
only. This information is not intended to be used as a substitute for professional veterinary advice and care for your
pet. For specific medical advice and treatment please contact a licensed veterinarian