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September 10, 2021

The Truth About Mixes And Your Pet’s Health

The Truth About Mixes And Your Pet’s Health
Is there any scientific evidence that mix-based diets are bad for small animals? As we’ve shown in our evaluation of previous claims about mixes throughout this series, there is an abundance of documented research that has proven that mixes aren’t healthy for rabbits, guinea pigs, and many other small exotic species.... Read More

September 10, 2021

5 Ways to Memorialize Your Beloved Small Pet

5 Ways to Memorialize Your Beloved Small Pet
How can you memorialize your small pet? Oxbow provides some great memorial ideas for your little one who has crossed the Rainbow Bridge.... Read More

September 01, 2021

Getting to Know Supplements: Natural Science Papaya Support

Getting to Know Supplements: Natural Science Papaya Support
How can you tell if your pet may benefit from Papaya Support? Check out signs that may indicate your pet is having digestive issues.... Read More

August 24, 2021

The Truth About Mixes And Foraging

The Truth About Mixes And Foraging
Do muesli mixes really support foraging behaviors? Learn more about this myth mix and how to support your pet's foraging instincts in healthy ways with uniform food here.... Read More

August 13, 2021

The Truth About Mixes And Ingredient Quality

The Truth About Mixes And Ingredient Quality
Most mixes are made with low-quality, inexpensive ingredients designed to keep costs down. And, while the diversity of ingredients may look healthy and nutritious, the opposite is often true. In this four-part series, we’ll examine some of the most prevalent claims regarding mix-based diets and provide the facts so that you can make an educated choice when choosing the right diet for your furry family member.... Read More

August 02, 2021

How to Make Sense of Pet Food Packaging

How to Make Sense of Pet Food Packaging
The amount of required information listed on a pet food label, coupled with the claims companies use to catch your attention, can make pet food packaging a source of frustration and confusion for even the most knowledgeable of pet parents. To help demystify these labels, we’ve put together a list of key elements to look for when shopping the small animal pet food aisle. ... Read More

July 19, 2021

How to Support Foraging in Healthy Ways

How to Support Foraging in Healthy Ways
How can you can successfully support your pets’ foraging instincts in a variety of healthy, interactive ways that offer the added benefit of helping to build the bond with your pets? Oxbow's here to help!... Read More

July 15, 2021

Why Is My Pet A Picky Eater?

Why Is My Pet A Picky Eater?
We all want our beloved pets to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet every day. And, knowing how important it is for small pets to regularly eat hay and a wholesome daily diet, it can be worrisome to us when our little loved ones turn their noses up at their daily nutrition. To understand how to prevent picky eating behaviors with your pet, it’s important to first understand why animals like rabbits and guinea pigs practice picky eating (also known as “selective feeding”) in the first place. With the understanding of why small herbivores are oftentimes wired to practice picky eating habits, it becomes easy to develop some practical tips to help your picky pet develop a less finicky palate.... Read More

June 22, 2021

Why Does My Pet Hide from Me?

Why Does My Pet Hide from Me?
Given the abundant joy that the simple presence of our pets brings us each day, it can come as a surprise to new pet parents the first time their furry friend retreats to their habitat to hide away. No one loves rejection, and it can be especially disappointing when the perceived rejection comes at the paws of our favorite furry friends. The good news is that your pet’s decision to retreat for the comforts of a dark, quiet place in many cases has less to do with you than their engrained instincts as a prey species. ... Read More

June 16, 2021

How to Make Your Own DIY Pet-Safe Dyes

How to Make Your Own DIY Pet-Safe Dyes
Learn how to make homemade, safe-to-chew dyes from fresh produce!... Read More

June 14, 2021

Top 10 Toys and Accessories for Guinea Pigs

Top 10 Toys and Accessories for Guinea Pigs
An enriched guinea pig is a happy guinea pig! Keeping boredom at bay can be easy and affordable with a fun rotation of toys and accessories. Check out our top 10 toys and accessories to help meet your guinea pig’s needs!... Read More

June 03, 2021

Getting to Know Supplements: Natural Science Skin and Coat

Getting to Know Supplements: Natural Science Skin and Coat
Natural Science Skin & Coat was formulated to help reduce inflammation and irritation of the skin and to aid in maintaining healthy haircoats in small mammals. While it may seem that healthy skin and coat are not atop the list of things to be concerned about, it is important to remember that the skin is one of the most important organs in the body and serves a variety of essential functions. Therefore, preventing and minimizing inflammation and irritation of the skin is important as it can mitigate larger health issues in addition to avoiding discomfort for your little one. ... Read More

May 27, 2021

Male vs. Female Guinea Pigs

Male vs. Female Guinea Pigs
If you’re thinking of bringing guinea pigs into your home for the first time, one of the questions you may ask is whether to choose male or female guinea pigs. The short answer? It depends! (And, there isn’t necessarily a right or wrong answer either way.) In this article, we’ll compare some of the differences between male and female guinea pigs and highlight some scenarios where one sex or the other may be a better fit for your family. ... Read More

May 08, 2021

How to Prepare for a Disaster with Small Pets

How to Prepare for a Disaster with Small Pets
Saturday, May 8th is National Animal Preparedness Day. Though it can be scary and uncomfortable to think about, disasters can happen at any time, often with little-to-no warning. In an emergency, when time is of the essence, it can be difficult and stressful to ensure your entire family (both human and animal) get to safety. To help limit chaos in the heat of the moment, is it best to prepare ahead of time by ensuring you have a well-thought-out disaster plan in place. ... Read More

May 05, 2021

Getting to Know Supplements: Natural Science Vitamin C

Getting to Know Supplements: Natural Science Vitamin C
Could your pet benefit from taking Natural Science Vitamin C Supplements? How do you know if your pet isn't getting enough Vitamin C? Do species other than guinea pigs benefit from Vitamin C supplementation? Oxbow's here to answer all of this and more.... Read More

April 09, 2021

Ready to Enrich Your Pet’s Life Even More? Check Out Our Latest Enrichment Innovations!

Ready to Enrich Your Pet’s Life Even More? Check Out Our Latest Enrichment Innovations!
Daily enrichment is essential to your small pet’s health and happiness. That’s because your pet is instinctively wired to interact with their surroundings in unique ways each day. At Oxbow, we believe that supporting your little loved one’s instincts to explore, play, chew, and hide should be a fun and interactive experience for you both. That’s why we’re so excited to reveal our latest enrichment innovations! ... Read More

April 08, 2021

3 Key Questions About Guinea Pigs and Hay

3 Key Questions About Guinea Pigs and Hay
How can your guinea pig gain weight with hay? How can you get your guinea pig to eat enough hay? Why does your guinea pig waste SO much hay? Oxbow is here to answer these your most nutrition questions and more!... Read More

March 17, 2021

Which Small Pet is Right for You: Guinea Pigs

Which Small Pet is Right for You: Guinea Pigs
Have you ever wondered if a guinea pig may be a good pet for your household but you aren't quite sure? Here is a great summary of piggy temperament as well as how to help them thrive socially.... Read More

March 08, 2021

Natural Science Supplements: Frequently Asked Questions

Natural Science Supplements: Frequently Asked Questions
Oxbow’s Natural Science supplements were designed with the natural diet of small mammals in mind to address some of their most common health ailments. With the help of leading exotic animal veterinarians and nutritionists, these supplements were developed with herbal ingredients targeted towards mitigating these issues. Learn more about how to determine if Natural Science may be a right fit for your little one and how to feed it!... Read More

March 02, 2021

Fun Ways to Encourage Your Pet to Play with Their Food

Fun Ways to Encourage Your Pet to Play with Their Food
As children, most of us were told not to play with our food. And, while there are certainly merits in modeling proper dinnertime etiquette for our children, play at mealtime can be a highly enriching activity with multiple key benefits for our rabbits, guinea pigs, and other small pets. Let’s take a look at a few quick and easy tips for encouraging your pets to play with their food and the associated benefits of each. ... Read More

February 15, 2021

Foods Rabbits Should Never Eat

Foods Rabbits Should Never Eat
Rabbits are eating machines! Thanks to their unique physiology, these remarkable small herbivores must consume a near-constant intake of fiber to keep their specialized digestive tracts running smoothly. Just because rabbits are herbivores, however, doesn’t mean they can eat all varieties of greens, veggies, and fruits. Their unique dietary requirements also make many “human treats” (and even some marketed for rabbits) inappropriate as they can lead to serious health concerns if consumed. ... Read More

February 11, 2021

Getting to Know Supplements: Natural Science Joint Support

Getting to Know Supplements: Natural Science Joint Support
The next supplement in our “Getting to Know Supplements” series is Natural Science Joint Support. This supplement was designed to support common skeletal issues, such as degenerative joint disease and osteoarthritis. ... Read More

February 04, 2021

Signs Your Pet Loves You

Signs Your Pet Loves You
How do you know if your pet loves you? We’ve listed several behaviors here that you can translate as signs of affection from your pets. ... Read More

January 22, 2021

Guinea Pig Sounds and Their Meanings

Guinea Pig Sounds and Their Meanings
Have you ever wondered what your guinea pig is trying to tell you? We have compiled this list of guinea pig vocalizations to help pet parents become guinea pig whisperers! ... Read More

January 20, 2021

Getting to Know Supplements: Natural Science Urinary Support

Getting to Know Supplements: Natural Science Urinary Support
How can you tell if your pet would benefit from Oxbow's Natural Science Urinary Support? What is the function of each ingredient? Dr. Cayla Iske explains the nutritional benefits of Urinary Support and its intended use.... Read More

January 04, 2021

Five Ways to Make Feeding Hay More Fun

Five Ways to Make Feeding Hay More Fun
Pet parents of small herbivores such as rabbits, guinea pigs, and chinchillas spend a lot of time thinking about hay, and with good reason. This amazing, fiber-packed forage is the cornerstone of every small herbivore’s diet and should be available 24/7. Hay is essential to the daily health of your pet and offering it can be as easy as making sure a big pile of fresh hay is in your little loved one’s habitat at all times. However, the fun news is that feeding hay can be fun and enriching for both pet and pet parent. Here are five of our favorite ways to add fun to hay feeding time. ... Read More

December 28, 2020

How to Build a Small Pet Emergency Kit

How to Build a Small Pet Emergency Kit
No one likes the thought of facing an emergency situation, but as 2020 has proven, life can be unpredictable. For those of us fortunate enough to share our homes with small pets, it’s essential to be as prepared as possible to address injuries and illnesses, or, in the case of a disaster, evacuate the home quickly and safely. By assembling a complete emergency kit and keeping it in a convenient location, you can make sure your furry friend is on the road to recovery, or safety, as quickly as possible. ... Read More

December 16, 2020

Daily Care Checklist For Your Small Pet

Daily Care Checklist For Your Small Pet
Dedicated pet parents understand the importance of taking the best possible care of their furry family members. Unfortunately, the demanding schedules and frequent distractions that are such a common part of modern life can make it a challenge to keep track of your pet’s daily care routine. By creating a daily care checklist for your small pets, you can ensure your fur babies’ daily needs are met while also establishing a stress-limiting routine for all members of the household.... Read More

December 16, 2020

Getting to Know Supplements: Natural Science Digestive Support

Getting to Know Supplements: Natural Science Digestive Support
Day in and day out, we talk to pet parents who want the absolute best for their fur babies. Over the years, some of the most common questions we’ve received are focused on pets with special health and dietary needs. Recognizing this common pattern, we worked with leading exotic animal veterinarians to better understand and address the most common health issues seen in small mammals. As a result of these efforts, we developed our Natural Science line of hay-based herbal supplements. These supplements include: Digestive Support, Papaya Support, Urinary Support, Joint Support, Multi-Vitamin, Vitamin C, and Skin & Coat.... Read More

December 02, 2020

10 Great Holiday Gift Ideas for You and Your Pets!

10 Great Holiday Gift Ideas for You and Your Pets!
Do you need some great ideas for stocking stuffers and holiday presents for your pets, friends, and family members? Check out some of these great gift ideas from our favorite Oxbow influencers!... Read More

November 24, 2020

How to Create a Cozy Home for Your Pet

How to Create a Cozy Home for Your Pet
Home, sweet home! Just like us, small pets always appreciate having a home that is a safe and engaging place to relax and play. Here are a few guidelines to follow when creating a cozy home for your pet.... Read More

November 19, 2020

How to Select a Quality Food for Your Guinea Pig

How to Select a Quality Food for Your Guinea Pig
Choosing a quality food for your guinea pig is one of the most important nutritional decisions you will make as a pet parent. A species-appropriate fortified food is an essential part of your guinea pig’s daily diet. If you’ve ever found yourself overwhelmed by the number of food options for your guinea pig, you’re not alone. With so many options available in the food aisle, choosing one that’s best for your piggie can be a confusing and even stressful process for new pet parents and longtime pet caretakers alike. In this article, we’ll walk through all the basic information necessary to help you choose a food that meets the specific nutritional needs of your beloved guinea pig. ... Read More

November 12, 2020

Which Pet is Better for You: Rabbits or Guinea Pigs?

Which Pet is Better for You: Rabbits or Guinea Pigs?
Rabbits and guinea pigs continue to gain in popularity as more people realize what wonderful companions these amazing little herbivores can truly be. While the day-to-day caring of both species is somewhat similar, each animal has their own unique attributes and considerations. Before you bring home a new bunny or piggy pal, it is important you consider which species best fits your preferences and lifestyle. ... Read More

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
The composition and color of your pet's poop tells something about their health. Here's what you need to know to keep your pet healthy and happy. ... 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

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