Caring for your small companion animal
There can be some conflicting information on the internet these days, and we often find small companion animal owners aren’t aware of some of the basic diet, housing, and health care requirements. To help bridge the gap in knowledge and bring the standards of care higher our Veterinarian, Dr. Christian Martin, has developed some pamphlets on a few important topics.
The typical diet of a rabbit should be 90% Hay, 5% Leafy Green Vegetables & 5% Pellets. Unlimited access to hay is essential for good gut and teeth health. Certain Vegetables and pellets are better than others, and some are not recommended at all. Read our Diet pamphlet to learn more about a healthy and balanced Rabbit diet.
Little PAWS Rescue is working hard to bring the standard of living for our animals much higher than what the current perception is. We believe the best quality of life for all companion animals includes being housed indoors. This encourages more interaction between the animal and family members, which improves the animals’ wellbeing, helps them with trust (which is particularly important for prey animals such as Rabbits an Guinea Pigs), and lets the family see their individual personalities. It also assists to prevent common health and safety issues we hear of happening to outdoor animals all too often, as they have been removed from the exposure to our weather, deadly viruses which are transmitted by flies and mosquitoes, and possible attacks by local cats or birds. Please read the following pamphlet to learn about adequate housing in more detail.
Enrichment can come from the amount of space they have, toys, food, and human interactions. All animals have their own personalities so while one might enjoy playing with toys, another might prefer having a long stretch of space to zoom up and down in. A lack of enrichment can lead to naughty behaviors, such as chewing on furniture. Read more on how to enrich a bunny’s life in the below pamphlet.
A common misconception is that rabbits need a friend, this isn’t always the case. Some rabbits are quite happy being an only bunny with just the affection they get from their human, they may also be territorial and aggressive when another rabbit encroaches in their space. Initial interactions and the way the bunnies respond to each other really matter in determining if the bond may eventually work. Then the bonding process should be taken rather slowly and very carefully, for the safety of both rabbits. We break down how the bonding process should be approached in the below pamphlet.
Floppy Bunny & Gut Stasis
Two of the most common illnesses rabbits suffer from are Floppy Bunny & Gut Stasis. Rabbits are very good at hiding signs of illnesses and can go downhill very quickly, so it is worth knowing what preventative care methods you can do and what changes to look for to pick up on anything as early as possible. Our Floppy Bunny & Gut Stasis pamphlets provide great detail on the preventative measures, signs & symptoms, and treatments. In any case of a rabbit falling ill always contact a rabbit savvy vet to ensure the appropriate medications and treatments are used.
Guinea Pig Diet
Like Rabbits, a guinea pigs diet should be 90% Hay, 5% Leafy Green Vegetables & 5% Pellets. Unlimited access to hay is essential for good gut and teeth health. Certain Vegetables and pellets are better than others, and some are not recommended at all. Read our Diet pamphlet to learn more about a healthy and balanced Guinea Pig diet.
Rat Respiratory Disease
It is extremely common for Rats to suffer from respiratory disease, and if untreated can develop into Chronic Respiratory disease which means re-infection is more likely and more severe. There are many steps you can take to assist in the prevention of the infection or re-infection. Our pamphlet outlines these as well as providing more detail on the disease and the typical treatments.