RODENT GENERALIZATIONS/ SUMMARY
- Long tailed rodents are subject to skin slip and should never be picked up by the tail
- Don’t house rodents on wood shavings which can cause allergies. Instead, use recycled paper pellets
- Healthy rodents have yellow teeth. Rodent teeth grow throughout their life and can overgrow resulting in difficulty eating.
- Many rodents have reddish tears and mucus that is often mistaken for blood.
- Never house rodents in cages with wire floors.
- It is best to buy two rodents from the same source at the same time.
- If male and female rodents are kept together the male should be neutered. Neutering of male rodents is a common procedure that will prevent pregnancies and should be available at most exotic veterinarian hospitals.
- Standard rodent chow for your particular species is usually the best food.
- All rodents need room to move and exercise and various toys and wheels should be provided.
- Over crowded rodents or those in too small a cage will become stressed and suffer from many health problems.
RODENT MEDICAL CARE
Many of our clients are excellent rodent owners and will bring their pets in for examination at the first sign of trouble. However, occasionally we will have a new client with a sick rodent and the client will express concern at spending additional monies on a pet that cost only a few dollars to purchase. While it is true that rodents are largely inexpensive, they are often just as good a pet as our more common cats and dogs, and they are no less deserving of medical care. It is our responsibility as pet owners to provide our small family members with a good quality of life and this entails not only feeding and housing, but also treating and curing illness. No animal should be made to suffer based on the monetary value of the pet. Ask yourself if you would not treat a ill dog that had been given to you. Your response for this ill dog should be no different then an ill rodent that requires your aid.