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Tip: Alfalfa hay for animals <6 months and Timothy hay for animals >6 months

Tip: Ask an in-store partner to recommend a local veterinarian who specializes in small animals

  • Hamster

    Food

    • High-quality hamster lab blocks daily
    • Limited amount of hay, fruits and veggies
    • Water always available

    Hay?
    Limited amount may be given as treat

    Grooming & Hygiene

    • Self-clean
    • Use damp washcloth or unscented baby wipes to spot clean if needed
    • Provide occasional dust baths
    • Brush long-haired hamsters

    Dental Care
    Provide wood chew sticks or mineral chews since teeth grow continuously; teeth are naturally yellow

    Vet Care
    Annual checkup or red-flag health issues

    Cleaning
    Remove wet spots daily and change bedding weekly. Clean and disinfect habitat.

  • Guinea Pig

    Food

    • High-quality guinea pig food
    • Limited amount of fruits and veggies as treat
    • 30-50 mg of Vitamin C daily
    • Water always available

    Hay?
    Yes – always available

    Grooming & Hygiene

    • Self-clean
    • Use damp washcloth or unscented baby wipes to spot clean if needed
    • Brush fur with soft-backed brush
    • Clip nails ~1x per month

    Dental Care
    Provide wood chew sticks or mineral chews since teeth grow continuously; teeth are naturally yellow

    Vet Care
    Annual checkup or red-flag health issues

    Cleaning
    Remove wet spots daily and change bedding weekly. Clean and disinfect habitat.

  • Ferret

    Food

    • High-quality ferret food (Note: may need to moisten food if ferret is <16 weeks old)
    • Water always available

    Hay?
    No

    Grooming & Hygiene

    • Monthly baths recommended
    • Clean outer ears regularly
    • Clip nails every 2-3 weeks

    Dental Care
    Baby teeth by 3 months; adult teeth by 9 months

    Vet Care
    Recommended spay/neuter (note: all ferrets sold in Petco stores are neutered/spayed)

    • Vaccines required
    • Annual checkup

    Cleaning
    Remove wet spots daily and change bedding weekly. Clean and disinfect habitat.

  • Chinchilla

    Food

    • High-quality chinchilla pellets
    • Limited fruits and veggies as treats
    • Water always available

    Hay?
    Yes – always available

    Grooming & Hygiene

    • Dust bath required at least 2x per week
    • Avoid getting chinchilla wet

    Dental Care
    Provide wood chew sticks or mineral chews since teeth grow continuously; teeth are naturally yellow

    Vet Care
    Annual checkup or red-flag health issues

    Cleaning
    Remove wet spots daily and change bedding weekly. Clean and disinfect habitat.

  • Rabbit

    Food

    • Majority of diet = hay
    • Supplement with quality pellets and green leafy veggies to provide nutrients
    • Water always available

    Hay?
    Yes – always available

    Grooming & Hygiene

    • Self-clean and rarely need baths ·Frequently clean ears
    • Brush hair regularly to prevent hairballs and matting (1x per week for short hair; 2x per week for long hair)
    • Clip nails to prevent curling

    Dental Care
    Provide wood chew sticks or mineral chews since teeth grow continuously

    Vet Care

    • Recommended spay/neuter
    • Annual checkup

    Cleaning
    Remove wet spots daily and change bedding weekly. Clean and disinfect habitat.

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