Probably the question we get asked most often here at The Animal Store is “What’s a good first pet for our family.” The answer is … it depends. Different families are drawn to different animals. Read more on Susan’s post today at the Garanimals blog.
I guess even fish are never too old to learn something new. Today I learned that many small animals have special teeth (called open-rooted teeth) that grow continuously. Some pets with teeth that never stop growing include:
- all rodents (degus, gerbils, guinea pigs, hamsters, jirds, mice, and rats)
The teeth of these animals have evolved over time to help the break down the tough, fibrous foods they eat. All that chewing also promotes good digestion. If their teeth stopped growing, they would soon be worn to nubs, so the open-rooted system works for them.
But, this means these pets also need hard items to chew on to grind and shape their teeth. If they don’t have proper chews, their teeth can grow misshapen or get sharp edges that can cause small cuts and mouth infections (ouch!).
The Animal Store carries a wide selection of chews that will help keep your pet’s teeth healthy. Variety, as they say, is the spice of life. Keeping a variety of chews on hand and switching them out occasionally will keep your pet interested in chewing on the right things. This is important, especially for larger animals, like rabbits, which may decide to chew on your furniture or toys instead of an appropriate chew toy or treat.
As Kenn says: “Give them something you want them to chew on, or they’ll find things you don’t want them to chew on.”
Chews come in many different material, shapes, and flavors. Ask us which ones are best for your pet. Hope you learned something new today, too. School’s out.
I get to see a lot of happy faces when pets meet their new families, like the guinea pig shown here with his smiling new owner. (Trust me, I recognize a happy guinea pig when I see one.) Each week on the blog, we’ll be featuring Wordless Wednesday, with some of our favorite photos.
We also get a lot of questions here at the store, so Kenn and I are working together on a new feature we’re calling FAQ Friday. Each week, we’ll try to answer some of your most common (and maybe a few uncommon) questions. If you have questions you’d like answered, just ask me (Ernie the Answer Fish) by leaving a comment here on the blog or fill out the form on home page. We’ll answer your questions directly, and choose some to feature on the blog on FAQ Friday. Stay tuned.