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Pet Care Tips from Your Small Animal Vet
Small animal pet care is not quite the same as dog or cat care. Small animals have unique needs that can vary greatly, depending on species. Happily, our small animal vet in Wayne, PA is happy to answer all of your questions and assist you in caring for your little friend.
Our Small Animal Vet Encourages Good Pet Care
Small animals are fun, affectionate and playful -- they make great pets! You just need to practice good pet care to keep your small animal happy.
Whether bird, reptile or rodent, your small animal will need a home to call his own. No matter what kind of small pet you desire, make sure you get him a cage that he can move around in easily. Your little friend will need to be comfortable in his habitat.
Change your pet's bedding or cage lining regularly to keep it clean. A bird's cage should be cleaned daily. Clean your rodent's or reptile's cage at least once a week. A bird's cage can be lined with clean paper. A rodent's cage should be lined with bedding. A reptile's cage can be lined with a substrate made of paper, wood chips (any kind but cedar) or cardboard.
Make sure your pet's home is escape-proof. Rodents in particular are experts when it comes to escape. The bars on a bird or rodent cage should be no further apart than your fingertips are wide -- your exotic pet should not be able to fit his head through the bars. Avoid cages with wire bottoms, as your pet could get his feet trapped in these.
Our small animal vet in Wayne recommends you feed your pet a healthy diet to ensure his continued good health. Do some research to learn more about your pet's specific dietary needs. For example, birds thrive best on a diet rich in vegetables, fruits and nuts, not just seeds. Rodents should be fed a diet formulated for their specific species, and supplemented with fresh fruits and vegetables. Most reptiles should be fed on a diet of worms and crickets. Treats, when fed in moderation, are a great way to interact and bond with your pet.
Part of small animal pet care is making sure your pet has the stimulation he needs to be happy. Our small animal vet recommends giving your rodent an exercise wheel and your bird toys to play with. Interact with your pet every day. Birds, especially, are very social creatures.
Our small animal vet would also like to remind you that a part of pet care for reptiles is making sure they have the external heat sources they need to regulate their body temperature. Research your reptile's heat needs carefully.