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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 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 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

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

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 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 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 01, 2021

Selective Feeding in Rats, Mice, Hamsters, and Gerbils

Selective Feeding in Rats, Mice, Hamsters, and Gerbils
Are mix diets healthy for rats, mice, hamsters, and gerbils? Check out our nutritional recommendations for small omnivores and learn more about how to provide the best nutrition for your small pet.... 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 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 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 19, 2021

Top 10 Toys and Accessories for Rats and Mice

Top 10 Toys and Accessories for Rats and Mice
As any rat parent knows, these adorable animals are highly intelligent and require toys and accessories that will stimulate and challenge them throughout the day! Rats also have behavioral instincts that need to be met regularly to discourage destructive behaviors caused by boredom such as bar biting. What are these instinctual behaviors and what toys can help them best meet their needs? ... 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 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 13, 2021

How to Make Your Rat Happy with a Clean and Enriching Environment

How to Make Your Rat Happy with a Clean and Enriching Environment
Keeping your rat physically fit and mentally sharp is easier than ever! Check out our tips and trick to keep your rat healthy and happy with a clean and enriching environment. ... 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

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 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

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 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

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