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Cage Accessory Guide for Small Pets
Small animal pets are active and curious. Therefore, their home needs to contain fun cage accessories and toys. To stimulate your pet's interest and enliven his curiosity, accessories and toys should be carefully chosen.
Chew Toy Buyer's Guide: Rodents & Rabbits
Providing your rabbit or small rodent with appropriate chew toys will help minimize costly dental problems in the future.
Exercise Wheel Buyer's Guide
Exercise wheels provide the exercise and fun your small pet needs.
Hamster/Gerbil Food Comparison Chart
Small Pet Guide: How to Choose the Healthiest
Before welcoming a new, furry friend to your home, we recommend that you read extensively to become familiar with your prospective pet's personality traits and care needs.
Small Pet Selection Guide: Which One for Me?
The following table provides important information on the life span, weight, reproduction, and recommended environmental temperature for various small animals often kept as pets.
Toys for Your Gerbil: Buyer's Guide
Gerbils need safe toys for exercise, amusement, and mental stimulation. Good gerbil toys include exercise wheels, tunnels, dust baths, and chew toys.
Treats for Small Pets: Buyer's Guide
Small pet treats can prove invaluable as training motivators or as rewards to positively reinforce good behavior. They are also a fun, inexpensive way to show your small pet that you love him.

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Behavior, Understanding Your Gerbil's
Learn about common behavior, sounds, aggression, and stress indications.
Cage Cleaning Schedule for Small Pets
A clean, dry, hospitable home is paramount to your small pet's health. Be sure your fuzzy friend has a spacious, secure, ventilated, chew-proof home containing the basics.
Cage Cleaning Tips for Small Pets
Most animals are fanatic about the cleanliness and organization of their surroundings.
Coprophagy: Why Gerbils Eat Their Droppings
Believe it or not, there is a good reason for this unappetizing behavior. Your pet is merely completing a special, natural digestive process that allows him to maximize the nutrition he receives from his food.
Dental Care In-Depth: All Small Pets
The dental health of your small pet is much more important than many people realize.
Dental Health Month for Small Pets: February
As part of National Pet Dental Health Month, the "Pets Need Dental Care, TooTM" program will challenge veterinarians and their clients to schedule regular dental appointments for their pets and establish a home dental care routine.
Diarrhea in Gerbils
Your gerbil's feces should normally be firm in texture, and dark in color. A change in either texture or color - especially to a watery texture or a lighter color - usually signals a problem.
Exercise Tips by Small Pet Species
Exercising your small pet is easy and much more advanced than an old, squeaky wheel.
Eye Health: 10 Tips for Small Pets
To best maintain your small pet's eye health, look daily for these tell-tale signs of unhealthy eyes:
First Aid Kits for Small Pets: What to Include
Since you never know when an accident will happen, keeping a pet emergency kit at your home is a good idea.
Gerbil Facts
Handling Gerbils, How To
To correctly pick up your gerbil, place your hand over her back and encircle her body with your thumb and fingers. Your gerbil may become frightened if she is not held securely.
Hideaways for Small Pets, the Importance of
Whether your small pet prefers burrowing deep into bedding, holing up inside a hutch, or taking cover in a large toy, he hides for security and solace.
Mongolian Gerbil
Profile: Learn more about the feeding habits, housing needs, diseases, and behavior of the Mongolian gerbil.
New Small Pet? How to Get Ready
To help you get off to a good start, here are some recommendations on what to do before you pick up your new pet, and care tips for the first month home.
New Small Pets: How to Introduce Gerbils
Gerbils are very territorial, and will be aggressive towards other unfamiliar gerbils. Always introduce two strange gerbils using the split cage introduction method.
Nutrition Requirements for Small Pets by Species
You have to carefully choose what you feed your small pet each day, just like how you have to be careful to eat a balanced diet yourself. Here we talk about what food rabbits, chinchillas, guinea pigs, and other small pets need to eat every day.
Odor Control Tips for Rabbits & Rodents
In captivity, animals need help to maintain a hygienic, healthy environment. The leading cause of odor is the buildup of urine and fecal matter in the cage.
Parasites in Gerbils
Does your gerbil have a swollen abdomen? Does he suffer from frequent diarrhea? Has he recently lost weight? Your gerbil may be suffering from intestinal parasites or worms.
Sexing Your Small Pet
Correctly sexing small pets is more important than you know. If small pets are incorrectly sexed, you could end up with a surprise pregnancy. While this may sound somewhat fun, the truth is that you would then need to determine what to do with them.
Small Pet Emergencies: When to Call Your Vet
Small pets, with their evolutionary history of being prey animals, will often mask signs of illness. By the time you notice something is wrong, the condition could be very severe.
Stimulate Your Small Pet, How to
Exercise is important for your small pet's overall health. Here are some fun exercise ideas. Learn more >
Travel Tips for Small Pets
Whether by foot or by car, traveling with your small pet can be fun, safe, and easy if you pack smart. The selection of small pet carriers and pouches grows every year, making travel with your small pet more comfortable than ever.

DRS. MEDICAL LIBRARY
IN-DEPTH ARTICLES:
Cardiovascular System: The Heart and Vessels
Cecotropes and Coprophagy
Common Kidney Disease in Small Pets
Dental & Oral Disease
Dental Anatomy & Care in Rabbits & Rodents
Disaster Preparedness for Your Pet
Evacuation Kit for Small Mammals
Eye Anatomy and Function
Germs: Viruses, Bacteria, and Funji
Lymphatic System
Mercury Exposure: Health Concerns, Clean-up, and Disposal
Neurons
Normal Values & Characteristics of Small Animals
Seizures in Gerbils
Telltale Tails
Tyzzer's Disease
Urinary System in Mammals: Anatomy and Function
When a Cup is Not a Cup
 
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