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Nutritional Advice for Feeding Your Gerbil

Nutritional Advice for Feeding Your Gerbil

To keep your gerbil healthy, provide a well-balanced, nutritional diet. The bulk of your gerbil's diet should consist of high-quality pelleted gerbil food, which will provide all of the essential nutrients needed. You can supplement his diet with no more than 10% grains, vegetables and fruits to give your gerbil variety. Fresh food and clean, chorine-free water that is changed daily should always be available to your pet gerbil.

Pellets: Commercial brands of pelleted gerbil food are specially formulated to provide the proper balanced nutrition with the ideal daily dosage of vitamins and minerals, plus all the other essential nutrients. Choose pellets that have been veterinarian tested and approved.

Grains: These are the best source of protein and carbohydrates. Grains can be found in commercially prepared gerbil food and treats.

Vegetables and fruits: Fresh romaine lettuce, dandelion greens, carrot tops, broccoli spears, spinach, artichokes and any other dark, green veggies, eaten daily, provide the all-important vitamins and minerals beneficial to your gerbil's health. Gerbils love apples, pears, strawberries and bananas. Thoroughly wash all vegetables and fruits to remove any possible dirt or pesticide residue. Any fruits or vegetables that are not eaten within 24 hours should be discarded.

Nuts and seeds: Steer away from fatty nuts, such as peanuts and sunflower seeds, which can promote obesity.

Meats and dairy: Dog biscuits, mealworms, cooked chicken or yogurt can be offered on occasion.

Chewables: Help keep your gerbil's teeth in good condition by providing gnawing foods such as hay or alfalfa cubes.