Small animals can make great pets - they're fun, playful and generally less demanding than larger animals. They can be a great way of introducing childeren to the responsibilities and companionship that comes from owning a pet. Different types of small animals have varying needs and behavious, so it's better to do some research on which type suits your needs before committing to one.
The first thing your small animal will need a home - usually a cage, hutch or habitat. This can be indoors or outside, depending on the weather.
The first thing to consider is size - a rabbit will obviously need a larger run than a mouse. You should ensure that your pet has enough space to move around and exercise themselves, especially if they aren't regularly let out of their home.
Their home needs somewhere clean and dry to sleep, somewhere for food and water, and some space to play in, preferably spanning more than one level. If the animals is let out during the day to exercise and play a smaller housing space may be appropriate.
If you opt for a cage or a housing unit with openings you should ensure any gaps are small enough that the animal is not at risk of getting stuck.
It it worth doing some research into the needs and behaviours specific to your type of small animal.
Ensuring that your animal is fully up to date with their vaccinations is one of the most important things you can do to safeguard their health as a pet owner.
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Our Pet Health Club is an easy and affordable way to ensure your pet is covered when it comes to preventative health.
The scheme includes everything necessary for the prevention of fleas, worms and other parasites, as well as routine vaccinations.
Joe Clarke APDT, canine behavourist and trainer, hosts weekly Puppy classes in Socialisation and Habitualisation at our Sidmouth Parade clinic. Junior classes, for dogs 5-6 months and older, are held in a set 6 week block at our Neasden clinic.
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