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Getting a small mammal

Everything you need to know when getting a small mammal - see our top tips and general advice for looking after small furry pets. From food to vaccinations, neutering to dental care, we can help you with it all.

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Small mammal food and feeding

Every small mammal has different nutritional needs, so if you’re unsure of what to feed your pet, please feel welcome to talk to our vet nurses. Rabbits and guinea pigs need lots of hay to stay healthy, while rats can eat a varied fresh diet of scraps. You should always steer clear of muesli-type food, however, as it can cause numerous health problems.

Microchipping for small animals

If your pet spends time outdoors, there’s always the risk of escape or theft, so we strongly advise microchipping. Some people think it’s only possible for cats and dogs, but this isn’t the case. If you’d like advice about microchipping your rabbit or another small mammal, please contact our reception team.

Vaccinations for rabbits and other small mammals

Vaccination is essential for protecting your rabbit against myxomatosis (myxo) and viral hemorrhagic disease (VHD), both of which are horrible and can be fatal. If you have another small mammal and would like advice about vaccination and other methods of protection, please don’t hesitate to book an appointment with us so we can help.   

Flea and worm treatments for small pets

vets therefore advise regular treatment to protect against them. Worms are less of a problem than for dogs or cats, but you still may like to know more, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch for a chat.

Getting your small pet neutered

Neutering is another thing that many people assume isn’t suitable for small creatures, but this isn’t the case. In rabbits, it not only prevents extra bunnies to look after, but also helps avoid female rabbits developing uterine cancer. Want to know more? Get your pet booked in for a pre-op health-check.

Dental care for small mammals

Rabbits, rats and other small pets are famous for their teeth – and for good reason. A rabbit’s teeth grow at an average rate of 2mm per week, which means they need to chew lots of fibre-rich food to wear down their teeth and protect against health problems. A good diet should be enough to keep your pet’s teeth healthy, but if you have concerns, please do ask us.

Exercise and entertainment

Hiding places and simple games are essential for the wellbeing of small mammals like rabbits, rats and gerbils. Plastic tubing, cardboard rolls, boxes and wheels are among the various toys you can provide, depending on the type of pet you have. Just ask our nursing team for some tips.

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