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October 09, 2019

How Can I Help Prevent Excessive Weight Gain in My Pet?

How Can I Help Prevent Excessive Weight Gain in My Pet?
Pets naturally gain and lose weight due to many factors like age, activity level, time of year, and health status. While weight gain is not always in itself a bad thing, the underlying factors that can cause excessive weight gain, or obesity, need to be understood, as they can lead to secondary health issues such as diabetes and skin disease, or worsen naturally-occurring, age-related diseases like arthritis and degenerative joint disease. In observance of Pet Obesity Awareness Day, here are some tips and tricks to help your small animal maintain a healthy weight:... Read More

September 16, 2019

Greens for Good - Oxbow’s Fresh Greens Garden for Rescue Pets

Greens for Good - Oxbow’s Fresh Greens Garden for Rescue Pets
After last year’s long winter, spring was on our minds early in 2019. As we began dreaming of green leaves and spring gardens, the idea came to us! What if we planted a fresh greens garden at Oxbow – just for rescue pets in need?! As a company committed to premium nutrition for small pets, the idea was perfect!... Read More

September 16, 2019

How to Support Your Pet’s Instinctual Hiding Behaviors Video

How to Support Your Pet’s Instinctual Hiding Behaviors Video
Hiding is an instinctual behavior of small pets such as rabbits, guinea pigs, and chinchillas. Even in captivity, all small pets need a place to rest and relax from environmental stressors. Watch as Dr. Micah Kohles of Oxbow Animal Health provides some quick tips on how to support this instinctual behavior.... Read More

August 21, 2019

All About Hiding

All About Hiding
Have you ever noticed your small pet looking for a place to hide during the day? Don’t be offended! Your pet is simply acting on a very basic and important survival instinct. In the wild, rabbits, guinea pigs, and chinchillas are prey animals and finding places to hide is essential to survival. Even in the safe confines of your home, it’s essential to provide places for your pet to hide away from environmental stressors. ... Read More

August 16, 2019

Help Us Give Back To Rescues! - “Nurture Their Nature” Donation Campaign

Help Us Give Back To Rescues! - “Nurture Their Nature” Donation Campaign
Our pets depend on us each day for the nutrition and care they need for health and happiness. And we know that rescues everywhere work tirelessly to provide for small pets in need. That's why we're so excited to announce our "Nurture Their Nature" campaign - a new donation campaign benefitting small animal rescues.... Read More

August 13, 2019

Healthy Treats and Foods for Hamsters and Gerbils

Healthy Treats and Foods for Hamsters and Gerbils
Hamsters and gerbils are fun and entertaining companions, but they come with unique nutritional requirements. What are some healthy and delicious foods and treats that you can offer your pet hamster or gerbil?... Read More

August 02, 2019

How to Support Your Pet’s Exploring Instincts

How to Support Your Pet’s Exploring Instincts
Small pets such as rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas, and others have a natural instinct to explore their surroundings. You can encourage this instinct in your pets by providing safe and enriching accessories, as well as by making simple modifications to “change up” the habitat. Learn more as Dr. Micah Kohles of Oxbow Animal Health provides helpful tips on how to support the healthy exploring behaviors of your pet!... Read More

July 25, 2019

All About Exploring

All About Exploring
One of the great joys of small pet parenting is watching your pet excitedly explore their surroundings each day. Like all great explorers before them, your pet has an instinctual desire for an environment filled with interesting challenges and opportunities for enrichment. Read on to learn more about how to create an environment with fun, enriching opportunities that support your pet’s instinct to explore. ... Read More

July 22, 2019

How to Keep Your Pet From Being Bored

How to Keep Your Pet From Being Bored
How can you keep your rabbit, guinea pig, or other small pet entertained and stave off boredom-based behaviors?... Read More

July 15, 2019

Tips for Traveling with Pets

Tips for Traveling with Pets
Travel can stress anyone out, but it can especially take a toll on small animals. Here are some tips that can help ensure safe and comfortable travel for your pet.... Read More

July 01, 2019

Ways to Keep Your Pet Calm During Fireworks

Ways to Keep Your Pet Calm During Fireworks
Happy 4th of July! While fireworks, sparklers, and the holiday hoop-la may be a blast for we humans, our furry friends can be less than thrilled at the sounds and noises associated with our festivities. How can you keep your pet calm during the fireworks this evening? Take these simple steps to provide the extra nurturing that your pet may need tonight.... Read More

June 28, 2019

Ideal Temperatures for Small Pets

Ideal Temperatures for Small Pets
Much like their human counterparts, small exotic animals are susceptible to summer heat. So how can you keep your pet small pet safe and comfortable during the warm summer months? Read on to learn more about best practices when it comes to ideal room temperatures as well as tip-top cool down ideas for small exotic pets.... Read More

June 05, 2019

How to Support Your Pet’s Instinctual Chewing Behaviors

How to Support Your Pet’s Instinctual Chewing Behaviors
Chewing is an instinctual behavior of rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas, and other small pets. The many benefits of chewing include healthy dental wear, mental stimulation, preventing obesity and boredom-based behaviors, and the opportunity to build the bond with your pet. Learn more as Dr. Micah Kohles of Oxbow Animal Health provides helpful tips on how to support the healthy chewing behaviors of your pet!... Read More

June 05, 2019

All About Chewing Handout

All About Chewing Handout
Whether nibbling on their favorite hay, munching on leafy greens, or chewing on their favorite toy, small pets are wired to chew all day, every day. As it turns out, chewing is an instinctual behavior with important benefits to your pet’s health and happiness. Read on to learn more about how to provide an environment that helps meet this basic need.... Read More

May 20, 2019

The Importance of Natural Chew Variety

The Importance of Natural Chew Variety
Did you know it's important for pets to have options when it comes to natural chews? By providing a variety and rotating which chews are available to your rabbit, guinea pig, rat, or other small pet, you can support their instinctual chewing behavior in enriching ways.... Read More

May 10, 2019

All About Playing Handout

All About Playing Handout
Small pets are playful by nature, and supporting this behavior is one of the most enjoyable aspects of being a pet parent. In addition to the fun that play provides for pet and owner alike, there are numerous health benefits associated with daily play. Read on to learn more about how to support your pet’s play behaviors in fun and enriching ways.... Read More

May 01, 2019

DIY May Day Basket

DIY May Day Basket
Celebrate May Day by making your rabbit, guinea pig, chinchilla or other small pet this fun DIY May Day Basket!... Read More

April 30, 2019

Five Reasons Oxbow Garden Select Will Make Your Pets Hop For Joy

Five Reasons Oxbow Garden Select Will Make Your Pets Hop For Joy
Are you looking for a premium, garden-inspired line of foods that even the pickiest eaters can’t resist? Let’s take a closer look at some of the product highlights and key ingredients that make Garden Select such a standout in the pet food aisle.... Read More

April 17, 2019

5 Quick Tips for Supporting Your Pet’s Playing Instincts

5 Quick Tips for Supporting Your Pet’s Playing Instincts
How can you best support your pet's playing instincts? ... Read More

April 10, 2019

Hurray for Hamster Breeds!

Hurray for Hamster Breeds!
Are you thinking about adopting a hamster or do you want to learn more about the adorable breed that you already have? You’ve come to the right place! In honor of World Hamster Day (April 12), we decided to celebrate by sharing fun hammy facts!... Read More

April 10, 2019

Why Does My Pet Need Water?

Why Does My Pet Need Water?
“Provide multiple water sources at all times.” “Make sure your pet is getting enough water.” “Increase water intake.” As a pet parent, you’ve likely heard these recommendations in various places – online, through your veterinarian, within product feeding directions and elsewhere. Is water really that important for pet health? Absolutely! The notion that water doesn’t contain any nutrients is a common and unsafe misconception. We drink water every day, so we forget that water itself is a key and essential nutrient just as important for life as protein, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals. But why?  ... Read More

March 25, 2019

Oxbow Animal Health Introduces Enriched Life For Essential Daily Enrichment

Oxbow Animal Health Introduces Enriched Life For Essential Daily Enrichment
Oxbow Animal Health has announced the introduction of Enriched Life - a new line of natural chews, play centers, habitats, and care items to meet the essential enrichment needs of small animals. Designed to support the instinctual behaviors of small pets, Enriched Life contains a wide range of natural items to help pet parents keep enrichment fun and stimulating while supporting natural instincts to play, chew, hide, and explore.... Read More

February 13, 2019

What Are the Best Kinds of Treats for Rabbits, Guinea Pigs, And Other Small Pets?

What Are the Best Kinds of Treats for Rabbits, Guinea Pigs, And Other Small Pets?
Whether you’re rewarding your pet for being adorable or you need an incentive for training, treats can be a great way to strengthen the human/animal bond! With so many different options and varieties on the market, it can be hard to choose one that’s not only delicious but healthy as well. So, what should you look for when selecting a yummy reward for your pet?... Read More

January 03, 2019

Fun Hay Variety Combinations - Infographic

Fun Hay Variety Combinations - Infographic
By now, you’ve probably heard a lot about the benefits of offering a regular variety of hays to your pets. In addition to encouraging natural foraging behaviors and keeping mealtime fun and interesting, regular access to a variety of hays helps prevent pets from becoming picky eaters. So, what are some fun ways to mix and match your pet’s favorite Oxbow hays? This fun new infographic features some of our favorite flavor and texture combinations! ... Read More

January 03, 2019

Fun Ways to Feed A Variety of Hays (Handout)

Fun Ways to Feed A Variety of Hays (Handout)
By now, you’ve probably heard a lot about the benefits of offering a regular variety of hays to your pets. In addition to encouraging natural foraging behaviors and keeping mealtime fun and interesting, regular access to a variety of hays helps prevent pets from becoming picky eaters. So, what are some fun ways to mix and match your pet’s favorite Oxbow hays? Here are some of our favorite flavor and texture combinations:... Read More

November 07, 2018

Oxbow Announces 2018 Rescue Grant Recipients

Oxbow Announces 2018 Rescue Grant Recipients
Oxbow Animal Health has announced the recipients of its 2018 Oxbow Animal Health Rescue Grants. The seven recipient organizations will receive funding and donations totalling nearly $25,000 for a variety of projects and programs that benefit the welfare of small animals throughout the United States and Canada. ... Read More

October 08, 2018

How to Pick the Perfect Hay

How to Pick the Perfect Hay
Looking for the perfect hay variety to meet your pet's taste and texture preferences? Wanting to find several fun varieties to mix for enrichment? Use our informative variety chart to help pick the perfect hay today? ... Read More

October 05, 2018

All About Hay and Your Pet’s Health

All About Hay and Your Pet’s Health
As the pet parent of a small herbivore, you know that hay is important to your pet’s health, but have you ever wondered exactly how hay helps keep your pet healthy & happy? Let’s take a closer look at some of the specific functions that hay provides to your pet’s daily health.... Read More

September 26, 2018

Top 5 Reasons to Offer Your Pet a Variety of Hays

Top 5 Reasons to Offer Your Pet a Variety of Hays
All pets benefit from some variety in their diet – especially when it comes to hay. There a number of important benefits to providing a variety of grass hays. Here are the top five reasons to offer your pet a variety of hays. ... Read More

July 11, 2018

All About Fortified Foods

All About Fortified Foods
A healthy, balanced food should be a staple in every small pet's diet. With so many options available in the food aisle, choosing one that's best for your furry family member can be confusing. Download our All About Fortified Foods guide to help you choose a food that meets the specific nutritional needs of your beloved pet!... Read More

October 25, 2017

Oxbow Animal Health Announces 2017 Rescue Grant Recipients

Oxbow Animal Health Announces 2017 Rescue Grant Recipients
Oxbow Animal Health has announced the recipients of its 2017 Oxbow Animal Health Rescue Grants. The nine recipient organizations will receive funding and donations totaling over $20,000 for a variety of projects and programs that benefit the welfare of small animals throughout North America. Grant winners are chosen for excellence in the areas of educational outreach, public awareness, and project impact.... Read More

September 28, 2017

All About Enrichment (Handout)

All About Enrichment (Handout)
Enrichment – it’s a popular concept in pet care today. As pet parents, we know that enrichment is valuable and can help us provide the best quality of life to our pets….but what is it, really? Download our All About Enrichment guide for a quick overview of enrichment and some fun tips on how to incorporate it into your pet’s daily routine.... Read More

September 27, 2017

The Importance of Physical Enrichment (Infographic)

The Importance of Physical Enrichment (Infographic)
Physical enrichment involves introducing anything into your pet’s daily routine that encourages physical activity in instinctual and challenging ways. The best form of physical enrichment is oftentimes the simplest. How can you support your pet's physical enrichment?... Read More

September 27, 2017

Games With Pets - New Enrichment Handout!

Games With Pets - New Enrichment Handout!
Playing games with your pet is a wonderful way to stimulate natural behaviors, encourage exercise, reduce boredom, and increase that special bond between pet and pet caretaker. Download our Games With Pets handout for some fun and easy games to try with your pet today!... Read More

October 11, 2016

New Pet Care Guides Available from Oxbow Animal Health

Oxbow Animal Health, a leader in the innovative care and nutrition of small and exotic animals worldwide, has unveiled new species-specific pet care guides. The new care guides are available free for download and print and are designed to help new pet parents learn everything they need to provide basic care for their pets. Key pet care topics covered in the care guides include nutrition, housing, care, health, and supplies.... Read More