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Understanding Small Pet Nutrition

Understanding small pet nutrition is the greatest thing you can do for your little friend. It is the cornerstone of maintaining good health - a badly nourished pet can easily be prone to obesity, overgrown teeth, and diarrhea.

As a responsible pet owner, your first assignment is to thoroughly research on your small pet's dietary requirements. Experienced owners, the internet, and a vet that has significant knowledge on exotic pets are good starting points in understanding small pet nutrition.

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.