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Dental Care For Your Small Pet

Dental care for your small pet is more important than you think it is. If you are a new small pet owner, you should know that these little creatures have open-rooted teeth. This means they have incisor teeth (four front teeth, top and bottom) that can continuously grow - if not taken cared of properly. Rats, mice, hamsters, and guinea pigs all have open-rooted teeth, but with good diet and chew toys, dental care for your small pet can be properly managed.

Now, your job is to wear down these open-rooted teeth to keep them from growing. Feed him with nutritious food, preferably with a commercial diet, mixed with various grains, hay, and vegetables. By doing this, you will not only provide great dental care for your small pet, you will also have healthy, well-nourished pets. In understanding small pet nutrition, you should know that while small pets like rabbits, mice, rats, and guinea pigs are predominantly herbivores, each has its own dietary requirements that's unique from the others. Rats, for example, require a high fiber diet that can be satisfied by commercial mouse and rat food, along with small amounts of fruits, vegetables such as carrots, broccoli, apples, and seeds. Guinea pigs, on the other hand, do best with pellets, unlimited grass hay, and vegetables. Unlike rats, guinea pigs do not digest nuts and seeds well, so better stay out of it if you have these pigs as pets.