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Small Rodents

  • Fenbendazole is used to control roundworms and some types of tapeworms and products are available for use in dogs, cats, ferrets, rabbits, birds and reptiles. Your veterinary surgeon may prescribe fenbendazole for a pregnant bitch to reduce the chance of the puppies being born with worms.

  • Being normal inhabitants of the Andes, chinchillas can cope very well with British outdoor temperatures and can be kept in a outdoor "aviary" with plenty of branches for climbing and…

  • Chinchillas should be offered good quality grass hay ad-libitum (available 24 hours a day). Pellets or concentrate foods should be given as a minimal quantity in addition to the hay (unless…

  • Common conditions of pet chinchillas include bite wounds, respiratory diseases, dental disease, bloat/gut stasis and heat stroke. Bite wounds are common in chinchillas that are housed with…

  • Chipmunks are members of the squirrel family and while there are many different species inhabiting North America and Asia, most of those bought in British pet shops are Siberian chipmunks…

  • The degu is a small South American rodent. There are four species although only one, Octodon degus is commonly seen in captivity. In the wild it is found in the hill and mountain areas of…

  • Guinea pigs are herbivores rather like rabbits, although the physiology and function of their gastrointestinal system is less well understood than that of the rabbit. The critical area of…

  • Guinea pigs originated in South America but were probably introduced into Europe soon after the first Spanish explorers returned from that continent in the 1500s. Even though they came from a…

  • A mouse's lifespan is only 18-36 months so ageing changes and natural fatal conditions such as tumours are fairly common. Tumours are especially common for two reasons - many mice are…

  • Mice are kept for many reasons, from being pets to prize show animals. They are not ideal pets in many ways but are easy to keep in captivity.Most mice sold as pets are white although many…