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Basic nutrition for rabbits and guinea pigs

Favourite food? Hay! The most important basic foodstuff for rabbits and guinea pigs is hay. You should make sure they have access to some crunchy blades of hay at all times. Guinea pigs and rabbits seem to spend the entire day nibbling away at crispy twigs, fresh herbs and seeds. And it’s true! In contrast […]

Why high quality nutrition is so important for small animals

The right nutrition is vital for keeping rabbits and rodents healthy. Always make sure you use high-quality feed because this lays the foundation for a long and healthy life. Rabbits and rodents can be roughly divided into two categories: leaf eaters and seed eaters. Leaf eaters are also known as folivores. Among others they include […]

Fresh greens for healthy little animals

Herbs and twigs from Mother Nature Healthy food determines the wellbeing of guinea pigs, hamsters, rabbits and other such animals. In addition to grain, ready-made food, hay and vegetables, these animals should also be eating greens and herbs. Here are some tips on which herbs and twigs to feed your pets. The most important rule […]

Wild injured animal

It can happen when you’re walking through the woods. You, or your dog suddenly come across… a squirrel, a bird or a rabbit and get the feeling its ill or injured. What are you to do? No way should you give in to your first impulse and touch the animal. Better to observe it from a safe distance and ascertain first whether the foundling really is ill. Because an animal doesn’t always need human help – even when it looks likely at first glance.

Veterinary drugs

Usually you get veterinary drugs from your vet. Vets can not only prescribe medicines but their expertise also entitles them to dispense ready-made veterinary preparations and to prepare medicines at their surgery. This makes sense as special preparations are immediately available when needed.

Pets and mites

Mites can infest any animal and cause horrible itching. These tiny arachnids are invisible to the naked eye but most are very contagious. This is why it is important to identify mites and prevent them from infesting other animals in your house or circle of friends.

Help- My pet’s stopped eating

It can happen in the best families… Fido or Felix won’t touch their food. Or the pet guinea pigs suddenly stop eating. Vets from Maxi Zoo explain how pet owners should interpret this and what to do about it.

Emergency situations

If an animal has injured itself or has been involved in an accident, the owner or the people who find the animal should take it to a vet as quickly as possible. That is the only way to prevent life threatening consequences. Vets from Maxi Zoo explain what people can do in the way of first aid before getting to a vet.

Animals and allergies

Many households are shared with much loved pets that keep the family company and love to be cuddled. One thing that can put a strain on this relationship is an animal allergy. Be it cats, dogs, guinea pigs, rodents or birds – they all have the potential to provoke allergy symptoms like sneezing, itchy eyes, permanent colds, rashes or asthma.

The importance of hay

It’s important that small animals always have access to food, because the process of feeding causes previously eaten food to continue moving down the gastro-intestinal tract. If this doesn’t happen and there is nothing left to eat, or if an animal is suffering from a loss of appetite, bacterial cultures within the digestive system can mount up and threaten the animal’s life.

Cut the fat

The one thing most people want to get rid of after Christmas is those extra pounds from over-indulging over the festive season. This is also the perfect opportunity to think about the (ideal) weight of your pet…

Small animals in the summer heat

A moment of forgetfulness in the summer – and the rabbits and guinea pigs suffer a heatstroke. High temperatures and drought can be greatly distressful to pets, say the experts at Maxi Zoo. Here, they offer some tips on how owners of small animals can prevent this.

Safety tips for exploring rodents

When the long cold weeks and short days finally start warming up, everything is drawn to the outdoors. High time to let the smallest of pets feel the spring air in their faces. For guinea pigs or rabbits there is a big choice of outdoor enclosures in which they can enjoy their freedom.

Household safety tips for rodents

Out of the cage and into the wilderness of the living room – rodent owners should let their pets out regularly, at best daily, to ensure that they receive sufficient exercise and stimulation. There are however a few things to keep in mind, says the team of experts from Maxi Zoo.

Rodent cage setup

Rodents are fantastic pets to observe – jumping and scampering about, climbing or simply interacting with other members of their species. To be able to do all this, they need a species-appropriate enclosure. It’s easy for rodent lovers to turn this into a real eye-catcher, according to the experts from Maxi Zoo.

Small animals have to nibble

In Ireland, small animals are the third most popular pets. This includes hamsters, guinea pigs and mice. It is well known that all of them are rodents which means that they have to have something to nibble on all the time – their teeth do actually grow constantly. As a rule, it is advisable to provide “something to nibble on” to avoid causing problems due to teeth which are too long or even become infected and therefore endanger the life of a small animal.

Small animal hoarding

To hoard means to store away provisions for later, more difficult times. There is one cute little animal that is an expert at this – the hamster. A hamster even has special pockets in its cheeks to transport food to its sleeping den, where it stockpiles its findings. But hamsters aren’t the only ones who hoard! This behaviour is also seen in other rodents and birds.

Pets and plants

It’s lovely when spring is finally here and everything is green and in bloom. Whether in the garden, on the balcony or in the living room it doesn’t just look good to us, it also awakens the appetite of our pets. But be careful – it’s not always healthy to snack on fresh greens! The experts from Maxi Zoo tell you what to be aware of.