Did you know that Valley Animal Hospital takes care of a variety of small pets alongside cats and dogs? From hamsters to rabbits to guinea pigs, our vets provide different types of care to better your pet’s well-being. However, you can also take action at home! Improving your small pet’s life is as easy as sprucing up their environment. Read on to learn how you can boost your small pet’s standard of living.

Provide a Reliable Home for Hamsters

Hamsters are very popular, live, on average, for two to three years, and usually don’t require as much medical attention as larger pets. However, their living space plays a significant role in their overall health. Hamster cages should generally be spacious and include:

  • Proper ventilation and a sturdy and inescapable roof.
  • Wheels, tunnels, and nest boxes.
  • Bedding of either wood shavings, shredded tissue, or processed corn cob. 

Create an Interactive Environment for Rabbits

Rabbits may require more engagement and support as pets since they live, on average, for seven to ten years. They require clean homes and interactive environments to develop physically and behaviorally. Be sure to:

  • Give them a large exercise area outside of their cage.
  • Nurture their need to forage by providing toys with healthy treats.
  • Provide resting spots like open boxes or untreated wicker baskets.

Arrange a Soothing Habitat for Guinea Pigs

Guinea pigs, on the other hand, are sensitive to their environments and live, on average, for five to seven years. They need quiet areas to relax as well. Keep yours comfortable by:

  • Providing a cage with a solid floor instead of a mesh floor.
  • Placing their cage away from direct sunlight and cold, damp areas.
  • Providing ample bedding such as non-toxic wood shavings, shredded paper, or commercial pellets. 

Have a Question?

Caring for a small pet isn’t always easy and can require some guidance and practice. That’s why we suggest contacting our vets online or by phone at (956) 787-2709 to set up an appointment today!

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