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July 21, 2022

5 Ways to Build a Better Bond with Your Pet

5 Ways to Build a Better Bond with Your Pet
Building a better bond with your pet doesn’t have to be an advanced process! In fact, it may be simpler than you think. Here are 5 easy ways to strengthen the bond you have with your small exotic companion mammal. ... Read More

July 15, 2022

How to Support Your Senior Rabbit

How to Support Your Senior Rabbit
How can you best take care of your aging bunny? Oxbow's here to help answer your senior rabbit related questions!... Read More

June 20, 2022

Introducing Senior Rabbit and Guinea Pig Foods

Introducing Senior Rabbit and Guinea Pig Foods
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!... Read More

June 10, 2022

How To Prevent and Treat Parasites in Small Mammals

How To Prevent and Treat Parasites in Small Mammals
How do small pets get parasites and, if they have them, how do you treat them? Oxbow's here to help.... Read More

May 25, 2022

How to Prevent and Treat Hairballs in Small Mammals

How to Prevent and Treat Hairballs in Small Mammals
How can you prevent and treat hairballs in chinchillas and rabbits? Oxbow is here to help.... Read More

May 23, 2022

How to Plan for GI Stasis Emergencies in Small Herbivores

How to Plan for GI Stasis Emergencies in Small Herbivores
What do you do if your small animal is experiencing GI stasis? Here are 8 easy ways to support your pet before and during!... Read More

May 16, 2022

Best Toys for Redirecting Destructive Behavior in Small Mammals

Best Toys for Redirecting Destructive Behavior in Small Mammals
What are some common bad behaviors in rabbits, guinea pigs, and other small pets and what accessories can you use to help your pet remain stimulated but not destructive?... Read More

May 11, 2022

What Is The Difference Between Oxbow’s Hand-Sorted And Bulk Hay Products?

What Is The Difference Between Oxbow’s Hand-Sorted And Bulk Hay Products?
At Oxbow, we recognize that every pet household is unique with its own specific product needs. For this reason, we believe in providing a variety of hay sizes to meet the needs of families of every shape and size.... Read More

May 04, 2022

Antioxidants in Senior Pet Foods

Antioxidants in Senior Pet Foods
How important are antioxidants when it comes to older small mammals' diets? Learn more!... Read More

April 25, 2022

Ready to Enrich Your Pet’s Life in New Ways? Check Out What’s New in Enrichment!

Ready to Enrich Your Pet’s Life in New Ways? Check Out What’s New in Enrichment!
Introducing the latest in Oxbow's enrichment innovations!... Read More

April 12, 2022

Is Juice Healthy for My Small Pet?

Is Juice Healthy for My Small Pet?
Fruit and vegetable juices are typically associated with a healthy diet or lifestyle, but it’s essential to remember your small mammal’s unique dietary and digestive needs when considering whether juices are appropriate for your pet. ... Read More

April 12, 2022

What Is the Difference Between Alfalfa and Timothy Hay?

What Is the Difference Between Alfalfa and Timothy Hay?
What is the difference between alfalfa and Timothy hay and when should you offer these varieties to your rabbit, guinea pig, or chinchilla?... Read More

April 06, 2022

How to Care for Your Small Mammal After Surgery

How to Care for Your Small Mammal After Surgery
Why is post-op care for your small pet so important? What questions should you make sure to ask your vet before you leave the hospital? How can you help your pet during recovery? Learn more in our latest article.... Read More

April 04, 2022

Should I Get My Kids a Rabbit for Easter

Should I Get My Kids a Rabbit for Easter
The idea of surprising a loved one with a pet was once a common practice for birthdays or significant holidays, and in some regions is still common. In this blog post, we’ll cover some important considerations for your family to make before bringing a rabbit or other small animal into your home during this Easter season.... Read More

March 28, 2022

Oxbow Partners with Medgene Labs to Donate 1,000 Doses of RHDV-2 Vaccine

Oxbow Partners with Medgene Labs to Donate 1,000 Doses of RHDV-2 Vaccine
Oxbow Animal Health recently partnered with Medgene Labs (Brookings, SD) to donate 1,000 doses of Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus (RHDV-2) vaccine (emergency use authorization) to support rabbit vaccination clinics across the United States. Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease (RHD) is a usually fatal disease affecting wild and domestic rabbits and is caused by Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Viruses. Major outbreaks of RHDV-2 have occurred in wild and domestic rabbits in North America since 2020.... Read More

March 22, 2022

DIY Small Pet Enrichment Toys

DIY Small Pet Enrichment Toys
Want to make a fun and enriching toy for your rabbit, guinea pig, or other small pet? Here are four great toys that you can make yourself using objects from around your home as well as hay fines!... Read More

March 08, 2022

How to Find an Exotic Vet

How to Find an Exotic Vet
Whether you are looking for a new veterinarian or are interested in determining whether your current vet is still the best fit for you and your exotic pet, the information and tips below are aimed to help you make a confident decision. ... Read More

February 17, 2022

How to Use Hay Fines for DIY Snacks

How to Use Hay Fines for DIY Snacks
Use leftover hay fines to create one of these delicious and nutritious DIY snacks for your pet!... Read More

February 11, 2022

Ask A Small Animal Vet: How Often Should Your Guinea Pig’s Teeth Be Trimmed?

Ask A Small Animal Vet: How Often Should Your Guinea Pig’s Teeth Be Trimmed?
How often should your giunea pig's teeth be trimmed? Dr. Kohles explains.... Read More

February 03, 2022

How To Care For Your Rabbit

How To Care For Your Rabbit
These rabbit care tips from Oxbow Animal Health will teach you everything you need to know about keeping your pet rabbit healthy and happy. ... Read More

January 18, 2022

Which Oxbow Fortified Food Line Is Best for My Small Pet?

Which Oxbow Fortified Food Line Is Best for My Small Pet?
Which Oxbow food is best for your small pet? What is the difference between Oxbow's food lines? We're here to answer these questions and more!... Read More

January 17, 2022

All About Alfalfa

All About Alfalfa
Should you feed your small pet alfalfa hay? And if so, how much? Oxbow is here to answer these questions and more!... Read More

January 04, 2022

How to Care for Senior Small Mammals

How to Care for Senior Small Mammals
At what age is your small pet considered a senior? How can you care for your senior rabbit, guinea pig, chinchilla, or other small pet? Oxbow's here to answer these questions and more.... Read More

December 23, 2021

Do Rabbits Need Calcium?

Do Rabbits Need Calcium?
Should my rabbit have more or less calcium in his diet? Am I providing too little? Too much? How do I know? Oxbow's here to answer these questions and more.... Read More

December 15, 2021

Helpful Tips for Living with Multiple Pet Species

Helpful Tips for Living with Multiple Pet Species
How can you keep all of the members of your multi-species household safe, happy, and healthy? Oxbow's here to offer tips on how to successfully manage the safety and wellbeing of your pets - small and large.... Read More

December 02, 2021

How Much Exercise Does Your Small Pet Need?

How Much Exercise Does Your Small Pet Need?
How much exercise time does your small pet need? Read our latest article to learn more about exercise recommendations for rabbits, guinea pigs, and other small mammals as well as the steps you can take to ensure they remain just as safe as they are active. ... Read More

November 22, 2021

How Do I Make My Pet’s Habitat Fun and Enriching?

How Do I Make My Pet’s Habitat Fun and Enriching?
How can you make your pet's habitat fun, enriching, and safe? What should you include to keep your pet healthy and help them to avoid boredom-based behaviors? Oxbow's here to help.... Read More

November 12, 2021

How to Care for Young Small Mammals

How to Care for Young Small Mammals
What are the average ages during which rabbits, guinea pigs, rats, mice, guinea pigs, chinchillas, and other small pets are considered “young?" How do you care for young pets? Oxbow's here to answer these questions and more.... Read More

November 10, 2021

How to Safely Hold Small Mammals

How to Safely Hold Small Mammals
What's the best way to safely hold your rabbit, guinea pig, chinchilla, or other small pet? Oxbow's here to help.... Read More

November 08, 2021

Is it Normal for Hay to Look and Feel Different From Bag to Bag?

Is it Normal for Hay to Look and Feel Different From Bag to Bag?
One of the questions we receive from astute pet parents is whether it’s normal for hay to vary in color, texture, and even smell from bag to bag. It’s a great question, and the short answer is “yes.” However, there are many factors to consider when it comes to hay variability. ... Read More

October 19, 2021

Getting to Know Supplements: Natural Science Multi-Vitamin

Getting to Know Supplements: Natural Science Multi-Vitamin
Could your small pet benefit from a multi-vitamin? How much of the Multi-Vitamin tablet should you feed your small pet? Oxbow's here to answer all of your supplement questions.... Read More

October 15, 2021

What to Expect When Your Small Pet Is Expecting

What to Expect When Your Small Pet Is Expecting
Everyone knows it is crucial for pregnant humans to take extra good care of themselves to ensure the best possible chance of a healthy baby and safe delivery. The exact same is true of our beloved small pets. Caring for a pregnant animal requires additional time and commitment as you tailor her diet, environment, and routine to her gestational needs.... Read More

October 11, 2021

How to Create a Safe, Free Roam Environment for Small Pets

How to Create a Safe, Free Roam Environment for Small Pets
What should you take into consideration when it comes to allowing your pet to free roam? How can you prepare your space to keep your pets safe, healthy, and happy? Oxbow is here to help!... Read More

October 04, 2021

The Truth About Mixes And Selective Feeding

The Truth About Mixes And Selective Feeding
Nutritional and behavioral impacts of muesli and foraging mixes have both short and long-term health impacts. ... Read More

September 30, 2021

What Are The Latest Updates On RHDV2?

What Are The Latest Updates On RHDV2?
There are a few new reported cases of RHDV2 that we wanted to share with the rabbit community. ... Read More

September 27, 2021

Puzzle Fun with Pets

Here are some fun ways to play with the Wooden Puzzler.... Read More

September 20, 2021

Top 10 Foraging Accessories for Small Pets

Top 10 Foraging Accessories for Small Pets
Looking for some great foraging toys and accessories that your small pet will love? Learn more.... Read More

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 18, 2021

How to Handle Aggression Issues in Rabbits

How to Handle Aggression Issues in Rabbits
Have you ever wondered why your rabbit is aggressive toward you or other rabbits? Learn how to spot and handle signs of aggression.... 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 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 10, 2021

Top 10 Toys and Accessories for Rabbits

Top 10 Toys and Accessories for Rabbits
It's time to spoil your bunny and provide enrichment at the same time! Check out the top 10 toys and accessories for your rabbit.... 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 26, 2021

Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus (RHDV2) - New Updates and Information for Pet Parents - 4 22 21

RHDV2 has continued to spread over the last couple of weeks. There have been newly reported cases in Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, and Oregon, as well as the first cases in 2021 in Texas.... 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 05, 2021

Which Small Pet is Right for You: Rabbits

Which Small Pet is Right for You: Rabbits
Have you ever wondered if a rabbit would make the perfect addition to your family? These adorable, whiskered herbivores are not only great companions but are intelligent and can have unique and wonderful personalities. Learn more about rabbit temperament and ideal living situations.... Read More

March 26, 2021

Breaking Down Bunny Bonding: 6 Tips and Tricks

Breaking Down Bunny Bonding: 6 Tips and Tricks
Bonding bunnies can seem like a Herculean task, but with patience, understanding, and the proper guidance it can be a great experience for both pets and pet parents alike. The House Rabbit Society’s Executive Director, Dr. Anne Martin, joins veterinarian and Oxbow’s Vice President of Technical Services, Dr. Micah Kohles, to tackle interested bunny parents’ most pressing bonding rabbit bonding questions.... 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 17, 2021

From Burrow to Bedroom: Rabbit Behaviors and Their Instinctual Origins

From Burrow to Bedroom: Rabbit Behaviors and Their Instinctual Origins
Why do rabbits want to chew everything? Why do they eat their own cecotropes? How can you tell if a bunny is happy? Oxbow is here to help you trace the origins of your pet's instinctual behaviors and how can you help your little one fulfill their needs without destroying your home.... 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 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 14, 2021

Five Fascinating Rabbit Questions Answered

Five Fascinating Rabbit Questions Answered
Our beloved rabbits can sometimes feel like quite a mystery. Their behavioral patterns, nutritional needs, and care concerns can baffle even the most experienced of pet parents. Join small animal expert and veterinarian, Dr. Micah Kohles, as he tackles some of the most fascinating bunny-based questions received during Ask a Vet Live. In this article, we’re going to cover: How to handle selective eating when it comes to hay varieties, how to trim your bunny’s nails when they hate to be held, how to bond a male and female pair, how to travel in the car with your rabbit, and how safe candles, wax melts, and other artificial scents are for rabbits.... 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

Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus (RHDV2) - New Updates and Information for Pet Parents - 12/28/20

Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus (RHDV2) - New Updates and Information for Pet Parents - 12/28/20
We wanted to provide an update regarding the ongoing RHDV2 issues that continue to be a serious concern for both wild and domestic rabbit populations in the United States. ... 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

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