Guinea pigs develop dietary preferences early in life and do not adapt readily to changes in type, appearance, or presentation of their food or water. The optimum diet for a guinea pig should contain guinea pig pellets, grass hay and supplemented with fresh vegetables. Guinea pigs are completely herbivorous and enjoy a variety of leafy greens. All fresh vegetables should only be left in the cage for a few hours and only a small amount of fruits should be offered. Good quality hay should be available at all times and pellets can be given free choice as well. Guinea pigs require a dietary source of Vitamin C and should be offered in the way of green leafy vegetables (kale, parsley, beet greens, chicory, spinach), red and green peppers, broccoli, tomatoes or small amount of kiwi and oranges. Make sure to speak to your veterinarian if you have questions about your guinea pig’s diet.
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Monthly preventative parasite products can be a source of much confusion for pet owners. What does my pet need? How often should I give it? Which products work best? These are a few of the many questions we hear on a daily basis.
Here’s the scoop:
In the south, parasites (both inside and outside the body) run rampant for dogs and cats. Heartworms are the focus of many of the monthly preventatives because these parasites can cause significant damage, but are very preventable! Heartworms are transmitted through mosquitos, and because we live in the south, heartworms are a real problem for our pets.
Both dogs AND cats can get heartworms, even the pets that stay indoors all the time. Heartworm preventatives should be given EVERY 30 days for maximum protection. If you forget a dose, the best thing to do is bring your pet in for a heartworm test.
Intestinal parasites are very common in our pets. Dogs and cats can become infected with intestinal worms through their everyday environment. Hookworms, roundworms, whipworms and tapeworms are among the most common intestinal parasites we see. These worms can cause various problems including diarrhea, weight loss, and anemia. Like heartworms, intestinal parasites are preventable. We recommend that each pet has a fecal once a year to check for internal parasites.
What about those nasty fleas and ticks? External parasites are not only ugly to look at, but can also transmit dangerous diseases to your pets. Fleas can result in tapeworm infections and ticks can harbor a whole host of organisms that cause serious illnesses in pets. The tricky part with flea infestations is that only 5% of the fleas are actually on your pet. The remaining 95% of the population is buried in deep carpet, couches, and rugs. If you are noticing fleas on your pet, monthly preventatives will help, but they won’t eliminate the problem. Vacuuming daily will help remove eggs and larvae from the environment. With severe infestations, professional exterminators may be necessary.
So what products should I use?
There are many different products on the market that do a great job preventing these harmful parasites. At Animal Medical Hospital, we recommend Sentinel combined with Vectra 3D each month for dogs. Sentinel is an oral tablet that prevents heartworms and intestinal parasites and acts like a “flea birth control.” It does not kill adult fleas, but makes fleas sterile, which helps with population control. Vectra 3D is a topical liquid that kills adult fleas, kills and repels mosquitos and ticks. Vectra 3D also has the advantage of being waterproof. Both of these products in combination will protect your dog for 30 days. For cats, we recommend Revolution, which is a topical product that prevents heartworms, fleas, intestinal parasites and ear mites for 30 days.
The most important part of the rabbit’s diet is an unlimited supply of grass hay. Grass hay provides essential fiber as well as proteins, vitamins, minerals and carbohydrates. Hay also provides some of the work needed to keep the teeth worn down due to all of the chewing the rabbit needs to do to break it down. Hay should be kept in a box or hay rack and should always be kept available. Grass hay is preferred to alfalfa hay because it is lower in calories and calcium.
Another important part of the diet is fresh, leafy greens which provide vitamins, mineral, proteins, and carbohydrates. When introducing greens to the diet, do so one at a time every 3 days to make sure your rabbit is handling them well. The amount of greens to feed is a maximum of 1 packed cup of green for each 2lbs of body weight daily. Some examples of greens are: dandelion greens, raspberry leaves, kale, mustard greens, collard green, beet greens, and cabbage.
Pellets should also be a staple of a rabbit’s diet. Commercial pellets are designed to promote rapid growth, and weight gain. Once a rabbit reaches adult size, I recommend that the amount of pellets being fed be cut down to 1/4c per 4lbs of body weight per day (Maximum).
Fruits and other vegetables should be considered more along the lines of “treat” foods and should only be fed in small quantities per day. Feed healthy “treat” foods a maximum of 1 level tablespoon per 2 pounds of body weight daily. Some examples of healthy treat foods are: carrots, apples, pears, peaches, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, squash, tomatoes, papayas and mangos.
Make sure to speak to your veterinarian if you have any questions about the health of your rabbit.
If you use Iams Veterinary Formulas Feline Renal cat food, you’ll want to check the Lot and UPC Codes listed in this article from the American Veterinary Medical Association:
Procter & Gamble is voluntarily recalling two specific lots of its therapeutic renal dry cat food as a precautionary measure, because it could be contaminated with salmonella (though no illnesses have been reported yet). However, P&G Pet Care wanted to make sure veterinarians were aware of the situation as soon as possible.
The product is Iams Veterinary Formulas Feline Renal 5.5 lb bag:
Lot Code: 01384174B4 – UPC Code: 0 19014 21405 1
Lot Code: 01384174B2 – UPC Code: 0 19014 21405 1