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Small Rodents + General Care

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • If you think your pet is unwell, you must take it to your veterinary surgeon for prompt attention. ANY deviation from normal should be a cause for concern and requires immediate evaluation.

  • 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…

  • Aside from birth control there may be other issues: Male rabbits do not normally require castrating unless They are to be kept with entire females (though see below). They are kept with other…

  • Rats are kept for many reasons from being pets to prize show animals. They are excellent pets, are easy to keep and you can develop good owner-pet relationships with them. Many rats sold as…

  • A rat's lifespan is only 18-48 months so ageing changes and natural fatal conditions such as tumours are fairly common. Tumours are especially common for two reasons – many rats are…


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