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PETS WE CARE FOR > SMALL RODENTS: GERBILS, HAMSTERS, MICE, RATS

INITIAL EXAMINATION - We recommend an initial examination within 48 hours of the acquisition of your pet.  During this first visit, a thorough physical examination will be performed.  You will receive information on routine care, diet, household hazards, caging, and detecting medical problems.

ANNUAL EXAMINATIONS - Examinations are very important in keeping your pet healthy.  After the initial examination, most small rodents should have an annual physical examination.  Senior small rodents, and those with a chronic medical condition, may require more frequent examinations.

VACCINATIONS - None

RAT SPAY
MINIMUM AGE:
Three months.
A spay procedure removes the ovaries and uterus, eliminating a chance for pregnancy.  If this procedure is performed at an early age, it will discourage several unwanted female hormone-related behaviors such as spraying, heat cycles, and attracting males. Rats that are spayed may have a decreased risk of mammary tumors.

RAT NEUTER
MINIMUM AGE: Three months.
A neuter procedure removes both testicles.  If this procedure is performed at an early age, it will discourage unwanted male hormone-related behavior such as spraying, mounting behaviors, and seeking out females in heat.  He should be separated from females for two weeks post-operatively to ensure that he is incapable of reproducing.  A neutered pet has a reduced risk of most diseases of the prostate gland and no risk of injury, infection, or cancer of the testicles.

GERBILS, HAMSTERS AND MICE ARE NOT ROUTINELY SPAYED OR NEUTERED

DIETS - We recommend 50% rodent pellets, 50% mix of healthy cereals, vegetables, and rice.  Seeds can be given as a treat.




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