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Small Pet Supplies

Small Pet Supplies.

small pet supplies

Firstly, our customers will find a great selection of wet or dry Small Pet Supplies in stock to choose from. If your Pet is on medication and you need a repeat prescription please purchase online. Small Pet treats you’re in the right place we have top brands at low cost waiting to dispatch. Finally, you will find Pet Market stocks a large selection of bespoke Small Pet Supplies and accessories for you to choose from.

Caring for your new Guinea Pig | 2017

Caring for your first guinea pig

All Guinea Pig owners have a responsibility to look after and care for their animals. If you’re thinking about having guinea pigs, learn as much as you can about how to care for them beforehand.  You should take your lifestyle and household into account when deciding whether you can offer them a good home. This guide explains guinea pigs basic needs so you can decide if they’re right for you.

How to handle your Guinea Pig!

Handling Guinea Pig

Your new guinea pigs are likely to be nervous when you take them home so you shouldn’t handle them straight away. During the first few days, simply talk quietly to them. Encourage them to approach you by offering healthy treats. Using both hands, place one hand under your guinea pig’s chest and use your other hand to support his/her back and rear.

Boredom – What you need to do?

Guinea pig in tunnel

Providing wooden or willow toys will give them something to chew on which helps to wear their teeth down. Scattering or hiding their food around their home or in activity feeders will encourage your guinea pigs to show natural foraging behavior. Give your guinea pigs items to tunnel in, such as pipes and deep areas of hay. Give them shelters to hide from things that scare them and escape their companions if they want to.

Keep us clean!

Guinea Pig in shelter

Clean out soiled bedding from your guinea pigs’ home and replace it with fresh bedding daily. Cleaning the entire cage thoroughly with an animal-safe disinfectant once a week. Cleaning can be stressful for guinea pigs as it removes their own familiar scents. Put back some old but dry bedding to place in their newly cleaned home to ensure some familiar scent remains.

Feeding your Guinea Pig

Guinea Pig

Guinea pigs need a balanced diet which is high in fibre. Guinea pigs can’t produce their own vitamin C so their diet must contain this too.

Specialist Foods

Providing, specialist foods enriched with Vitamin C, guinea pig foods should be fed in small measured amounts daily, in addition to hay this will ensure your guinea pig get’s all the vitamins and minerals they need. We recommend feeding nuggets, as guinea pigs often choose to eat only certain bits of muesli mixes, so they miss out on certain nutrients leading to dietary deficiencies, weight gain and other health problems. We feed our guinea pigs Petmarket nuggets and recommend that you continue to do so when you take your new animals home.  If you do wish to change your guinea pigs’ diet at anytime, introduce the new food slowly over period of about 10 to 12 days, phasing out the old food completely.

Hay and Grass

Hay and grass should form the majority of your guinea pigs’ diet. Good quality, fresh, dust-free hay must always be available for your guinea pigs to eat. Eating Hay helps to wear guinea pigs’ teeth down, preventing them from growing too long or misaligned and becoming painful.

“DO NOT” give your guinea pigs any lawn mower clippings as these can make them seriously ill. Lawns clippings can contain weed killers and fertilizers!

Fresh Greens

Giving guinea pigs leafy greens such as kale or broccoli, you can also supplement with herbs and fresh dandelion leaves these can be given to your guinea pigs daily, but remember to introduce new foods gradually to avoid digestive upsets. Fruits like apples, and root vegetables and carrots are high in sugar, so only give them in very small amounts as occasional treats

Water

Guinea Pig Drinking Water

We recommend you change the water daily.

Buying Small Pet Supplies?

Can be purchased online from https://petmarket.localvet.co.uk