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June 20, 2022

Introducing Senior Rabbit and Guinea Pig Foods

Rabbits and guinea pigs have unique nutritional needs throughout life’s different stages.  For example, young animals require more energy, protein, and calcium to support healthy growth.  Adult animals, meanwhile, require ample amounts of fiber, but lower levels of protein and calcium.  But, what about senior pets?   

For years, you’ve trusted our Essentials Young and Adult Rabbit and Guinea Pig formulas to provide the right nutrition for your young and fully grown animals alike.  With more and more rabbits and guinea pigs reaching their golden years, there’s a growing need for daily nutrition designed to support the unique challenges that come with age.  That’s why we’re excited to introduce Essentials Senior Rabbit and Essentials Senior Guinea Pig!

Senior Rabbit and Guinea Pig Nutrition the Oxbow Way 

Our new Senior Guinea Pig and Senior Rabbit foods are specially formulated to support your aging guinea pig or rabbit’s needs.  With the same uniform nutrition in every bite that you’re accustomed to from Oxbow, Essentials Senior Rabbit and Senior Guinea Pig foods feature a number of key ingredients that are worth highlighting and celebrating.   

Antioxidants for Age-Related Support  

As rabbits and guinea pigs reach an advanced age, they are more likely to experience oxidative stress and other age-related symptoms.  Our Essentials Senior foods contain a variety of high-quality antioxidant ingredients (including ginger root, turmeric, chamomile and whole grains including oats and barley) to help mitigate these symptoms.  
 
Learn More About The Role of Antioxidants in Pet Health and Specifically for Senior Pets

Multiple Fiber Sources for Digestive Health

Fiber is essential to the health of all small herbivores, and senior pets are no exception!  Essentials Senior Rabbit and Senior Guinea Pig are crafted with a variety of high-quality fiber sources to support the aging digestive systems of senior rabbits and guinea pigs.
 
Learn More About the Importance of Fiber for the Digestive Health of Small Pets

Prebiotics For a Healthy Microbiome 

If you’re a regular follower of our blog, you’ve probably seen references to the microbiome – a name for the billions of microscopic living organisms residing in the gastrointestinal tract of small animals.   

As a quick refresher on the microbiome and why its health is so important:  

  • The billions (and billions) of microscopic living organisms which reside in the microbiome include bacteria, protozoa, fungi, and others.   
  • The makeup of the microbiome varies widely between species 
  • The microbiome plays a role in processes that include fiber digestion, immune system health, inflammation, mood regulation, and more 
  • Probiotics are living bacteria designed to help repopulate the healthy microbiome; Prebiotics are ingredients designed to feed and strengthen the good bacteria in the large intestine.   
  • Prebiotics are currently safer and more effective at supporting microbiome health in small, hindgut-fermenting species (e.g. rabbits and guinea pigs) than probiotics.  This is because microbiome research in this species is currently too limited to dictate appropriate, beneficial probiotics. 

Essentials Senior Rabbit and Senior Guinea Pig are formulated with multiple yeast ingredients which provide beneficial prebiotics proven to support microbiome health in rabbits and guinea pigs.     

Learn More About Prebiotics and Small Pet Health

Get to Know Essentials Senior Guinea Pig  

Essentials Senior Guinea Pig is specially formulated to support your aging guinea pig’s needs. We start with 6 high-quality fiber sources to support the aging digestive system and add natural antioxidants to help maintain physical and mental sharpness and activity. Essentials Senior Guinea Pig includes natural plant-based herbal ingredients like ginger root, turmeric and chamomile and provides 100% of your pet’s daily recommended vitamins and minerals with no artificial preservatives, colors, or flavors. 
 
Product Highlights:  

  • Sizes: 4 lb, 8 lb 
  • Specially formulated to support the unique needs of aging guinea pigs  
  • Six sources of high fiber ingredients help support the aging digestive system for optimum health and body condition 
  • Three sources of natural antioxidant ingredients help support physical and mental vitality & activity  
  • Beneficial herbal ingredients include ginger root, turmeric, and chamomile 

Get to Know Essentials Senior Rabbit  

Essentials Senior Rabbit is specially formulated to support your aging rabbit’s needs. We start with 3 high-quality fiber sources to support the aging digestive system, complement with targeted levels of protein to maintain muscle, and add natural antioxidants to help maintain physical and mental sharpness and activity.  Essentials Senior Rabbit includes natural plant-based herbal ingredients like ginger root, turmeric and chamomile and provides 100% of your pet’s daily recommended vitamins and minerals with no artificial preservatives, colors, or flavors. 

Product Highlights: 

  • Sizes: 4 lb, 8 lb 
  • Specially formulated to support the unique needs of aging rabbits 
  • Three sources of high fiber ingredients help support the aging digestive system for optimum health and body condition  
  • Added levels of targeted protein help support muscle maintenance in senior animals  
  • Three sources of natural antioxidant ingredients help support physical and mental vitality and activity  
  • Beneficial herbal ingredients include ginger root, turmeric, and chamomile 

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