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October 27, 2020

Obesity in Small Mammals

Obesity in Small Mammals
Why is obesity in small pets dangerous? How can you tell if your pet is obese? What can you do to help your pet safely lose weight if they are obese? Read our latest article to learn more. ... Read More

October 12, 2020

DIY Agility Jumps

DIY Agility Jumps
Ready for a super fun and enriching DIY project that will get your rabbit, guinea pig, or other small pet moving? With some simple, easy to find materials, you can create these fun and enriching DIY Agility Jumps! ... Read More

October 05, 2020

2020 Oxbow Rescue Grants Award More Than $33,000 in Funding and Product Support

2020 Oxbow Rescue Grants Award More Than $33,000 in Funding and Product Support
Oxbow Animal Health has announced the recipients of its 2020 Oxbow Animal Health Rescue Grants. The eleven recipient organizations will receive funding and donations totalling more than $33,000 for a variety of projects and programs that benefit the welfare of small animals throughout the United States. Grant winners are chosen for excellence in the areas of educational outreach, public awareness, and project impact.... Read More

October 05, 2020

What Are the Best Fruits for Small Pets?

What Are the Best Fruits for Small Pets?
In this article, we will cover the following important topics regarding fruit and your small pet: Health concerns associated with too much fruit, what fruits can be safely fed to several small pet species, outline basic limits on how much fruit can be safely be included in the diet of small mammals, and more. ... Read More

September 22, 2020

All About Gastrointestinal Stasis in Small Herbivores

All About Gastrointestinal Stasis in Small Herbivores
What is GI stasis and why is it so common in small herbivores such as rabbits, guinea pigs, and chinchillas? How can you avoid it? How can you treat it? Oxbow is here to help.... Read More

September 16, 2020

Considering a New Pet? The Surprising Joys of “Thinking Small”

Considering a New Pet? The Surprising Joys of “Thinking Small”
For prospective pet parents, there are many reasons to consider exotic pets when it comes to your family’s newest potential addition. The list of reasons you might decide a small exotic pet is the right fit for your family is almost endless, but here are a few of the top reasons you might decide a small exotic animal is right for you:... Read More

September 10, 2020

How to Syringe Feed Your Rabbit, Guinea Pig or Other Small Pet

How to Syringe Feed Your Rabbit, Guinea Pig or Other Small Pet
When it comes to preparing and hand feeding a recovery product such as Oxbow's Critical Care, we know that the process might seem daunting and more than a little stressful at first. However, with the right preparation, some practice, and plenty of patience, you will be confidently and successfully hand feeding your rabbit, guinea pig or other small pet in no time. ... Read More

August 31, 2020

How to Cope with the Loss of a Pet

How to Cope with the Loss of a Pet
Losing a pet is a unique type of grief, and those who care for small pets may find that the loss of a small companion mammal can be especially difficult to navigate on their own. In recognition of Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day, we wanted to offer some suggestions on how to cope with the loss of a small pet.... Read More

August 26, 2020

Children and Foster Pets: Five Important Life Lessons

Children and Foster Pets: Five Important Life Lessons
Inviting a foster pet into your home is a fulfilling experience for all, but it can be an especially meaningful adventure for children. All life experiences offer important lessons and fostering a small pet such as a rabbit or guinea pig is no different. ... Read More

August 26, 2020

Pet of the Month August 2020

Pet of the Month August 2020
Congratulations to our Pets of the Month, Guinness (left) and Wilber (right)! Little Wilber crossed the Rainbow bridge in July 2020. His brother, Guinness, is 3 years old and loves Organic Barley Biscuits and Western Timothy Hay.... Read More

August 24, 2020

DIY Small Pet Banner

Looking for a fun DIY project to celebrate your pet? Check out Oxbow Animal Health's fun DIY Small Pet Banner!... Read More

August 05, 2020

Pellet-Free Diets for Small Herbivores: Good, Bad, or Unknown?

Pellet-Free Diets for Small Herbivores: Good, Bad, or Unknown?
There has been an ongoing debate over the years regarding pellet-free diets for small exotic mammals. Those endorsing pellet-free diets have had different claims to support their opinion, including the argument...... Read More

July 30, 2020

DIY Snack Wreath

DIY Snack Wreath
Are you looking for a fun and delicious DIY project you can create for your guinea pig or other small pet? With some Oxbow hay, natural string, and the yummy greens of your choice, you can create this fun and enriching Hay Snack Wreath!... Read More

July 29, 2020

Introducing Our New, More Sustainable 90 Ounce Hay Packaging

Introducing Our New, More Sustainable 90 Ounce Hay Packaging
In the coming weeks, you will begin to see a familiar, but updated presence on the shelf at your favorite pet store. We are excited to share that our 90 oz Western Timothy hay packaging has received an exciting facelift. In addition to an updated look, the new 90 oz packaging offers some meaningful features that are worth highlighting: ... Read More

July 27, 2020

How to Make Sure Your Guinea Pig is Happy

How to Make Sure Your Guinea Pig is Happy
For decades, pet parents across the globe have understood the important role proper nutrition plays in helping guinea pigs (and other small mammals) maintain physical health and minimize the risk of preventable health concerns. While the importance of...... Read More

July 23, 2020

Pet of the Month July 2020

Pet of the Month July 2020
Congratulations to our Pet of the Week, Leo! This sweet little bunny is a fan of Western Timothy Hay, Garden Select Adult Rabbit Food, and jet setting! Thank you for being a fan, Leo! You can check out Leo’s Instagram feed at https://www.instagram.com/leothebunny2019/.... Read More

July 14, 2020

The Scoop on Small Pet Poop: Normal, Abnormal, and Everything in Between

The Scoop on Small Pet Poop: Normal, Abnormal, and Everything in Between
Let’s face the facts, we all poop…every animal does. Some species, like rabbits and guinea pigs, just do it a lot more! While far from a glamorous topic, your pet’s poops can tell you an awful lot about their overall wellbeing and what’s going on inside their body. ... Read More

July 13, 2020

Final Fosters: Tips for a Successful Experience

Final Fosters: Tips for a Successful Experience
Fostering is a family endeavor. All members of the family need to be ready for the responsibility of taking care of the pets and placing them with new adoptive families. This can be an emotional time for family members (especially children), so spend time talking with them and helping them understand how they are making an impact in this pet’s life. ... Read More

July 01, 2020

Curbside Veterinary Care for Small Mammals

Curbside Veterinary Care for Small Mammals
Like it or not, COVID-19 has altered the way most of us conduct our day-to-day lives. As a devoted pet parent, one of the unexpected changes you may encounter is the necessity for curbside veterinary care. ... Read More

June 16, 2020

Get To Know Our Hay Experts - Jaren Rief, Forage Research & Sourcing Manager

Get To Know Our Hay Experts - Jaren Rief, Forage Research & Sourcing Manager
Have you ever wanted to meet the experts behind the Oxbow hay you purchase for your pets? Let's get to know Jaren Rief, Oxbow's Forage Research & Sourcing Manager!... Read More

June 15, 2020

The Inside Scoop on Guinea Pig and Chinchilla Poops

The Inside Scoop on Guinea Pig and Chinchilla Poops
Did you know that guinea pigs and chinchillas produce two different types of poops? Have you ever wondered how these poops are made? Join Oxbow's Vice President of Technical Services & Research, Dr. Micah Kohles, for a fascinating animated exploration of hindgut fermentation in these favorite small pet species.... Read More

June 08, 2020

Toxic Plants and Small Mammals

Toxic Plants and Small Mammals
In a safe environment, small mammals are naturally quite inquisitive. Pair that instinctual curiosity with a set of continuously growing teeth and it’s a recipe for chewing on everything they can reach. Whether indoors or out, any environment you introduce your pet to should first be thoroughly inspected and free from any items you don’t want them getting into, especially things that could cause harm like toxic plants. ... Read More

June 01, 2020

Antioxidants and Their Role in Pet Health

Antioxidants and Their Role in Pet Health
Antioxidants have been a buzzword in the human health world for quite some time now. For years, human doctors and nutritionists have been touting the antioxidative benefits of a diet rich in leafy greens and veggies; More recently, antioxidants have gained popularity in the pet food aisle as well. But, what exactly are antioxidants and how are they beneficial to our pets (and us)? ... Read More

June 01, 2020

Wellness Exam Checklist

Wellness Exam Checklist
With everything going on in the world, many pet parents have been spending considerably more time at home over the past few months. While humans are rather divided on the topic, most of our furry ... Read More

May 19, 2020

Pet of the Month May 2020

Pet of the Month May 2020
Congratulations to our Pet of the Month, Garou! This sweet little chinchilla is a year old and loves Oxbow hay and chinchilla food. Thanks for being a fan, Garou!... Read More

May 18, 2020

Creating Foraging Opportunities for Your Small Pet

Creating Foraging Opportunities for Your Small Pet
Foraging is one of many instinctual behaviors commonly exhibited by small companion mammals. Pet parents should do their due diligence in providing fun, nutritionally-appropriate foraging opportunities for their small pet! Here are some of our suggestions.... Read More

May 11, 2020

Small Pet Coloring Pages

Small Pet Coloring Pages
Need something fun to do today? Oxbow has you covered! Check out some of our fun small-pet themed free coloring pages below!... Read More

May 05, 2020

COVID-19 and Pets: Updated Information and Recommendations

COVID-19 and Pets: Updated Information and Recommendations
As our understanding of COVID-19 continues to evolve daily, we would like to take the opportunity to share some additional information with the small pet community regarding this disease and the potential impacts to our domestic pet species. Additionally, the CDC has come out with some new guidelines and recommendations around taking measure to prevent the potential of pet parents and their animals from being exposed. ... Read More

April 28, 2020

Spending Time Outdoors with Your Small Mammal

Spending Time Outdoors with Your Small Mammal
As the days grow longer and warmer, who can resist going outside to fill their lungs with fresh, lilac-scented air and soak up some much-needed Vitamin D? As humans emerge from... Read More

April 24, 2020

Oxbow Launches “Full Bowls, Full Hearts” Campaign to Support Pets and Pet Parents Impacted by COVID

Oxbow Launches “Full Bowls, Full Hearts” Campaign  to Support Pets and Pet Parents Impacted by COVID
With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to affect pets and pet parents worldwide, Oxbow Animal Health has announced its “Full Bowls, Full Hearts” campaign to provide direct support in the form of essential nutrition and supplies. Part of Oxbow’s KINDSWELL initiative, the “Full Bowls, Full Hearts” campaign will supply 100 Pet Care Packs consisting of pellets, hay, treats, and enrichment items to pets and pet parents in need. ... Read More

April 17, 2020

Foster 101: How to Help Your Fosters Find the Perfect Forever Home

Foster 101: How to Help Your Fosters Find the Perfect Forever Home
Foster parents play a vital role in helping place the foster pets in their care in the perfect forever home. Many humane societies will provide a listing of key information to make note of as you interact with your foster pet. Listed below are several key bits of information that a foster parent should note about the animals in their care. ... Read More

April 01, 2020

It All Started With A Farmer

It All Started With A Farmer
The Oxbow Story begins with a farmer, his craft, and a passion for perfection. Guided by five generations of family hay growing expertise, Oxbow Founder, John Miller, spent years honing the craft of producing premium hay. John was practiced in the art of waiting for the perfect harvest conditions (even if it meant harvesting beneath the stars) and developed a reputation for producing the most premium hay the market had to offer.... Read More

March 25, 2020

COVID-19 and RHD - What Pet Parents Need to Know

COVID-19 and RHD - What Pet Parents Need to Know
COVID-19 is top of mind for all pet parents these days, but we've received some questions from rabbit owners about RHD in recent days as well. Join Dr. Kohles as he discusses key information relating to both COVID-19 and Viral Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease (RHD). ... Read More

March 24, 2020

Oxbow Animal Health: Covid-19 Update

Oxbow Animal Health: Covid-19 Update
I hope this message finds you and your loved ones healthy and safe. On behalf of the entire Oxbow family, I want to share heartfelt support as you navigate the uncertainty and stress brought on by the coronavirus. As a loving pet parent, you may be wondering how the pandemic will affect your ability to purchase the food and other products your pet needs. That’s why I want to update you on the things Oxbow is doing to manage through this challenge. ... Read More

March 18, 2020

Pet of the Month March 2020

Pet of the Month March 2020
Congratulations to March's Pet of the Month, Newt Scamander!... Read More

March 18, 2020

Five Steps for a Successful Small Animal Foster

Five Steps for a Successful Small Animal Foster
You have made the commitment to foster small animals. Congratulations! But, now what? Here are five tips from an experienced fosterer to help ensure a successful foster experience for everyone involved. ... Read More

March 17, 2020

Coronavirus and Small Pets: What You Need to Know

Coronavirus and Small Pets: What You Need to Know
We have all been affected by the recent and worldwide Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. Many pet parents have reached out to us to ask about the risk to your pets, so we wanted to take some time to address questions and concerns surrounding the Coronavirus and COVID-19 while providing some valuable information from various sources, including the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association). ... Read More

March 13, 2020

Quick Tips on Correctly Offering Fortified Food

Quick Tips on Correctly Offering Fortified Food
Even seasoned pet parents can make simple mistakes when it comes to feeding fortified food to their pets. Here are some quick tips to keep your pet happy and healthy!... Read More

March 06, 2020

Ask The Small Pet Vet: How Much Hay Should My Rabbit or Guinea Pig Eat Every Day?

Ask The Small Pet Vet: How Much Hay Should My Rabbit or Guinea Pig Eat Every Day?
Hay: it’s the nutritional foundation of herbivore health and a topic every new rabbit or guinea pig owner should be thinking about. As obligate herbivores in the wild, rabbits and guinea pigs naturally eat many types of different plant materials each day. As these small animals have made the transition “from wild to child,” it’s important for us as pet parents to remember the importance of the ideas of variety and diversity when it comes time to offer hay to our bunnies and piggies.... Read More

March 03, 2020

How to Tell If Your Rabbit or Guinea Pig is Overweight or Underweight

How to Tell If Your Rabbit or Guinea Pig is Overweight or Underweight
No one likes to be told they need to lose weight. Pet parents are also very sensitive to being told their fur child needs to slim down. Furthermore, the news often comes as...... Read More

February 26, 2020

Why Won’t My Guinea Pig Eat Their Pellets

Why Won’t My Guinea Pig Eat Their Pellets
Whether your guinea pig is very young and has never eaten fortified food before, or if your adult guinea pig is suddenly refusing their fortified food, it’s highly important to ensure that your pet eats their daily allotment of pellets. Fortified food contains many essential vitamins and minerals not found in your guinea pig’s hay, greens, or treats, making them essential to your pet’s daily nutritional requirements. ... Read More

February 20, 2020

Ask The Small Pet Vet: How Do I Keep My Rabbit or Guinea Pig’s Teeth Healthy?

Ask The Small Pet Vet: How Do I Keep My Rabbit or Guinea Pig’s Teeth Healthy?
Join Dr. Micah Kohles as he discusses important tips and tricks for keeping your small herbivore's teeth healthy. In this video, Dr. Kohles goes over a helpful 5 Step Dental Health Checklist and covers the top reasons to contact your veterinarian in relation to your pet's dental health. ... Read More

February 19, 2020

Dental Disease in Small Mammals

Dental Disease in Small Mammals
February is National Pet Dental Health Month! Veterinarians across the country frequently celebrate by providing discounted dental cleanings for dogs and cats, but what about our small herbivore and rodent companions? Is dental health as important for our exotic companion mammal friends? Absolutely, but in different ways! As animals with constantly growing teeth, dental disease is one of the most common health-related reasons small mammals are taken to their veterinarian every year. Though the cause varies, dental disease can result in substantial, and even life-threatening, health concerns in small pets, so it is essential to learn as much as possible about prevention and early detection.... Read More

February 18, 2020

February Pet of the Month

February Pet of the Month
Congratulations to February's Pet of the Month, Henry (AKA Henry Lop Holland) and his pet parent, Valeriya!... Read More

February 11, 2020

Cane Molasses: Why Is It in My Pet’s Food

Cane Molasses: Why Is It in My Pet’s Food
The digestive tracts of small hindgut fermenting mammals such as rabbits, guinea pigs, and chinchillas, are not designed to digest large amounts of simple carbohydrates and sugars. Because of this, it can be concerning to see ingredients that evoke thoughts of sweet, sugary food in your small pet’s daily diet. One prime example of an ingredient that sometimes gets a bad name (but one that serves an important purpose in our foods) is cane molasses. ... Read More

February 03, 2020

Should I Foster a Pet?

Should I Foster a Pet?
Have you ever thought about fostering a rabbit, guinea pig, or other small animal? Fostering is a great way to give back to small animals and the rescue community that cares for them, but there are many questions to ask yourself prior to making this commitment! By thoughtfully considering the following important factors, you will make your fostering experience a successful one for both the animal and your family. ... Read More

January 31, 2020

How to Transition Your Pet’s Food

How to Transition Your Pet’s Food
There are numerous reasons you may want to change your small herbivore’s diet. Perhaps your furry friend is battling a chronic illness, has moved to another stage in life’s journey, or your veterinarian recommended a nutrition overhaul. Maybe your kiddo is a recent addition to the household and was previously fed a diet that didn’t fit your preferences as a pet parent. Or maybe you’re just looking to switch to a higher-quality, fortified pelleted diet. Learn more about how to safely and successfully transition your pet's food.... Read More

January 22, 2020

Critical Care Tips and Tricks

Critical Care Tips and Tricks
As a pet parent, you’re no doubt familiar with everyday nutrition in the form of hays, fortified foods, and healthy treats. But, what about those unexpected, more critical situations that sometimes occur in a pet’s life? ... Read More

January 16, 2020

Can I Compost My Guinea Pig’s Poop?

Can I Compost My Guinea Pig’s Poop?
When pet parents clean their rabbit’s, guinea pig’s, or chinchilla’s habitat every week, the pet’s feces and uneaten hay are commonly thrown in the garbage. However, more and more pet parents are learning that composting their companion herbivore’s feces can yield amazing compost! This blog post will cover the basics of how to compost your pet herbivore’s waste.... Read More

January 10, 2020

The Expert Guide To Selecting Fresh Hay Your Pets Will Love

The Expert Guide To Selecting Fresh Hay Your Pets Will Love
Whether your rabbit or guinea pig is a picky eater or equal opportunity diner of all types of hay, it’s always a good idea to select the freshest hay possible. Fresh, premium hay is most likely to be consumed regularly by small pets such as rabbits, guinea pigs, and chinchillas. ... Read More

December 30, 2019

New Year’s Pet Resolutions for 2020

New Year’s Pet Resolutions for 2020
With 2020 just around the corner, it's the perfect time to be thinking about how you'd like to create a happier, healthier, and altogether more enriched life for you and your pets! Here are some fun and useful tips and tricks to make the upcoming year the best one ever for you and your pets!... Read More

December 27, 2019

Oxbow Animal Health Announces Critical Care® Line & Formula Enhancements

Oxbow Animal Health Announces Critical Care® Line & Formula Enhancements
For years, the name Critical Care has been synonymous with premium recovery nutrition in small animals. Oxbow is excited to announce that all of its Professional Line recovery products will now fall under the Critical Care line. This update helps improve product line consistency while limiting the opportunity for marketplace confusion. Today’s Critical Care line consists of: Critical Care - Herbivore, Critical Care - Herbivore Fine Grind, and Critical Care - Carnivore. ... Read More

December 23, 2019

Prebiotics and Probiotics: It’s All About the Bugs

Prebiotics and Probiotics: It’s All About the Bugs
With all of the hype over the last few years, you’ve likely heard the terms probiotics and/or prebiotics at least a few times. Whether related to animals or humans, pre- and probiotics have recently garnered a great deal of attention. But what exactly are these “magical bugs” and what do they do? Are they simply two words meaning the same thing? All great questions that deserve some answers.... Read More

December 23, 2019

Top 15 Holiday Pet Parent Presents

Top 15 Holiday Pet Parent Presents
Need a last-minute gift for one of the loving pet parents in your life? Here are our top 15 favorite gift ideas!... Read More

November 20, 2019

Guinea Pig Life Stages

Guinea Pig Life Stages
How old your guinea pig will need to be in order to be considered a senior? At what age should your guinea pig start eating adult guinea pig food? When should your guinea pig start and stop eating alfalfa hay? If you've ever asked these questions, we're here to help!... Read More

November 19, 2019

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Fiber

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Fiber
We have all heard that fiber is a very important dietary component for our furry little exotic mammals. But why? And what exactly is fiber anyhow?... Read More

November 15, 2019

Fun Tips For Supporting Your Pet’s Health and Happiness

Fun Tips For Supporting Your Pet’s Health and Happiness
We all want our furry friends to live the happiest, healthiest lives possible. Providing optimum care for your small pet requires commitment and dedication, but it can be a lot of fun as well. Here are some fun tips for supporting your pet’s health and happiness each day.... Read More

November 13, 2019

How To Support Your Rabbit or Guinea Pig’s Instinctual Playing Behaviors Video

How To Support Your Rabbit or Guinea Pig’s Instinctual Playing Behaviors Video
Playing is a fun and instinctual behavior of small pets such as rabbits, guinea pigs, and chinchillas. Watch as Dr. Micah Kohles of Oxbow Animal Health provides some quick tips on how to support your small pet's playing instincts.... Read More

October 25, 2019

DIY Halloween Jack-O-Lantern for Rabbits, Guinea Pigs, and Other Small Pets

DIY Halloween Jack-O-Lantern for Rabbits, Guinea Pigs, and Other Small Pets
Want a fun (and spooky) way to celebrate Halloween with your rabbit, guinea pig, or other small pet this year? Check out Oxbow's funny DIY Jack-O-Lantern!... Read More

October 22, 2019

Five Ways to Provide Daily Enrichment for Small Animals

Five Ways to Provide Daily Enrichment for Small Animals
Most of us know that a nutritious, balanced diet is essential to the daily health of our small furry friends. But, did you know that daily opportunities for enrichment are essential to your pet’s health and happiness as well? Enrichment can come in many forms, and providing enrichment opportunities is enjoyable for pet and pet parent alike. Here are five fun and easy ways to provide enrichment for small pets each day:... Read More

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

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