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Small Mammals

  • Neutering is also referred to as orchidectomy or castration. It is a surgical procedure in which the testicles are removed in order to sterilize or render a male animal infertile.

  • An ovariohysterectomy is often referred to as a ‘spay’ or ‘spaying’. It is a surgical procedure in which the ovaries and uterus are removed completely in order to sterilize or render infertile, a female animal.

  • Gerbils are a commonly kept as family pets. There are many color variations, including the natural buff, black, white, grey and spotted. If well socialized from a young age and treated gently, they can be a wonderful pet. These animals are friendly, very curious, active, and agile.

  • Hamsters are one of the most commonly kept family pets. There are a number of different breeds of hamsters, including a dwarf breed and a long-haired breed (called "Teddy Bear"), but the most common breed of pet hamster is the Syrian or golden hamster.

  • Rats are a very popular family pet. They are extremely intelligent (they can be trained to come and do various tricks), inquisitive, interactive and social pets.

  • A pet sitter is like a babysitter for pets. And like good babysitters, good pet sitters don’t just sit in a chair watching your fur babies. They interact, exercise, feed and water them. Pet sitters take care of your pet in your home, but can do much much more.

  • The common rabbit pinworm (an Oxyurid called Passalurus ambiguus) is an internal (intestinal) parasite found in rabbits. It does not cause a serious health threat to rabbits, but it can cause uncomfortable itching and skin inflammation or redness.

  • Common conditions of pet prairie dogs include obesity, dental disease, respiratory disease, heart disease, and parasites. Prairie dogs can also be afflicted with cancer and ringworm.

  • In the wild, prairie dogs tend to eat grasses, plants, and leaves. As captive pets, it is essential to feed a diet that approximates what they eat in the wild in order to prevent dietary-related diseases such as obesity, malnutrition, and gastrointestinal disorders, which are among the more common health disorders in captive prairie dogs.

  • Prairie dogs should be housed in as large a cage as is possible, as they require room to move around and explore. The biggest cage you can afford is probably too small! Space should be allowed for exercise.