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Pet Supplies Plus : Gerbil

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TALK TO YOUR VET. Click and reward your dog for finding the container with the scent sample in it. When this happens, your pet’s brain cannot get the necessary sugar to function properly. Also be sure it is high enough to be out of reach of dog noses and small children’s hands. Gerbils are prey animals and can feel threatened by large bodies hovering above them or in their faces. Vegetarians / grain eaters – will eat an occasional insect such as crickets or mealworms Commercially prepared hamster/gerbil diets are available at all pet stores, they are made of pellets, seeds, grains and dried vegetables; a good food should contain about 12% protein and 6-8% fat. The Activedogs.com personalized service dog ID badges feature your name and information along with your service dog’s name and photograph.

Gerbils are notorious for food hoarding. They will take food to various places in the cage for storage, bury it and often forget about it. For this reason it is important to spot clean your gerbil’s cage daily to remove fresh foods that may become spoiled. Seeds and pellets can remain in their hiding spots. FRESH FOODS: Healthy, fresh fruits, vegetables and grains can also be fed to your hamster. Offer these treats in small amounts, as they may cause diarrhea if fed in too large an amount. Most dogs readily accept “meal” feeding twice daily, so we tend to go with intermediate-acting insulin as our first choice, such as Vetsulin and NPH.

It was also when I was a freshman at Cottey that I lost my insurance coverage when I aged out of Medicaid. Kong chew toys are made in a variety of shapes and sizes, ensuring that you and your dog will find the perfect one. Clean, fresh chlorine-free water must always be available. While our family intends to shoulder much of this expense, please consider making a donation to help make James’ dream of living an independent life a reality. All water given must be 100% free of chlorine and heavy metals. For more information on our Trainers/Consultants please see our About Us section. We recommend that you use unflavored bottled drinking water or bottled natural spring water; never use untreated tap water.

Address: 4210 77th St. De-chlorinator is available in the fish department. If you do not want to chemically de-chlorinate the water, you can leave an open container of tap water out for at least 24 hours. Do not use distilled water, which can cause severe medical problems, since it lacks minerals that are essential to important body functions. Many different types of rodent cages are available at the pet store. Do not buy the smallest cages thinking that because the pet is small, it does not need much room. He walked on his knees.


A larger cage will allow it to create several “rooms” as gerbils will do. They like to have separate bedrooms, food storage areas and play areas. A ten-gallon glass tank is an excellent sized cage for two gerbils. A twenty-gallon is best for four gerbils. These cages will allow you to choose different toys and hiding places that can be interchanged within the cage. Choose several hiding places, a solid walled plastic wheel (this may be become buried by your enthusiastic nest builders) and chew toys. Small cardboard boxes and cardboard paper towel rolls will also be appreciated.

When designing your cage set-up, be sure to include a mesh wire top for the cage that can be secured snugly with cage “locks”. Gerbils are escape artists and WILL find a way to escape if it is possible. Lastly, choose a smooth, flat rock that your gerbils will use as a “look-out” perch. One gerbil will often keep watch over the others and signal “danger” by drumming their big back feet on the rock. The plastic cages with tube accessories are not ideal cages for a gerbil. Gerbils are much more avid chewers than hamsters, and they will quickly chew through a plastic cage. I know and have seen firsthand the positive impact an animal has on the life of a human.

HIDE HOUSE: The hide house is extremely important to the gerbil, and will most likely become your pet’s main ‘bedroom’. Gerbils will not often relieve themselves inside the hide house or ‘nest’, so it is not necessary to disturb the nest to clean it daily. Cleaning of the hide house can be done during the more intensive bi-weekly cleaning. Your gerbils will most likely bury the house and use it to create an “underground” room. WATER BOTTLE: A full water bottle must be available at all times; refill it daily. Be sure to clean out the inside of the bottle thoroughly during the more intensive cage cleaning sessions every week. Water bottles will often become slimy inside, which will in turn harbor harmful bacteria.

Clean the bottle thoroughly with a mild bleach solution (32 water:1 bleach). Be sure to rinse the bottle extremely well after the cleaning to ensure no bleach is left behind! Your pet will most likely chew a bottle inside the cage, so be sure to attach the bottle to the OUTSIDE of the cage. Check the straw daily for any blockages to make sure your pet always has access to the fresh water. If you cannot place the bottle on the outside of the cage, purchase a metal water bottle guard. This will keep him or her from getting to the bottle. BEDDING: We recommend an aspen bedding or soft recycled newspaper bedding such as “Carefresh”.

None of these choices will cause allergic reactions or respiratory distress and are easy to clean. Gerbils will greatly appreciate a mixture of all the bedding types. DO NOT use cedar chips, as they contain dangerous phenols, which are toxic to your pet. Place enough bedding in the cage so your pet can happily tunnel underneath it. Spot clean your pet’s cage daily by simply removing the soiled portions of bedding. TOYS: Several types of toys must be available to your gerbils. Chewing toys such as wooden hamster/gerbil toys (available at the pet store), hide houses, wheels, “run-abouts” (clear plastic balls for your gerbil to run around the house in), cardboard boxes, paper towel tubes and dried untreated fruit tree branches are all excellent toys for your pet.

Gerbils MUST chew constantly in order to wear their teeth down, which grow on a continual basis. Therefore, toys that allow the gerbil to chew and wear those teeth down are invaluable. Stick to toys bought at the pet store, as these are generally made of pet-safe materials. Gerbils, being desert dwellers in the wild, do not drink a lot of water and therefore do not urinate much. Therefore, they do not create much of a mess in their cages. Daily maintenance should consist of spot cleaning by removing soiled substrate, cleaning water bottle thoroughly and wiping glass clean. Be careful not to disturb the carefully created tunnel system too much each time you spot clean.

It is not necessary to clean or bathe your gerbil. They are extremely neat and will groom themselves! If it seems as if your pet has not been grooming him or herself, he may be ill. Contact your exotic pet veterinarian. Healthy gerbils have a lean body and smooth, even fur with no bald patches. The nostrils, under-tail area, under-chin area, ears and eyes should be clear and free of discharge – fur should not be damp or stained in any way. Your pet should have bright eyes; teeth should be even and well aligned with no staining around the chin; breathing should be even and not labored, wheezing or gurgling sounds.

Healthy dwarf hamsters are very energetic and busy, although they are nocturnal and may be caught napping during the day.

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