Keeping Your Furry Friend Safe

The Six Best Foods To Feed Your Fancy Rat For Better Long-Term Health


Date: September 2nd 2015

As a fancy rat owner, you already know that your tiny pet can provide you with hours of endless entertainment. While training and loving on your precious little buddy–or buddies–is important, nutrition management is one of the best ways to keep rats healthy. Rats are prone to many different health conditions, mostly due to rampant over-breeding. Research has shown that certain foods may help to prevent these conditions, either directly or indirectly by providing vital nutrients and minerals for health. Feed these three healthy foods to help your little darling live long and prosper.  Blueberries Fresh blueberries pack a healthful antioxidant punch and make an excellent snack for your pet rat. As rats are particularly prone to abscesses and cysts, antioxidants are very useful; they help to boost their immune system and fight off infection. Feed them plain and in moderation–one or two blueberries per rat, per day is plenty. Rats don’t need sugar or syrups on their blueberries. Healthy Cereal Breakfast cereals are not only a tasty treat for your rat; they also help to supplement a number of vitamins and minerals like iron, B vitamins, and vitamin D.  However, it’s important to choose a healthy, low-sugar cereal instead of sugary snack formulas. Puffed wheat, puffed rice, and plain toasted O’s work well, as do wheat squares. Feed them plain as a treat or mix them in with a staple lab block. Spinach Leaves Spinach contains antioxidants and iron, two vital nutrients for your rat’s health. Iron helps your rat to produce red blood cells and also contributes to better energy metabolism. Furthermore, they are low-calorie enough that you can feed small leaves regularly without worrying about weight gain. Whenever possible, feed adult leaves rather than baby leaves, as younger spinach leaves contain more sugar.  Kale This delicious superfood isn’t just suitable for a salad; it’s suitable for rats, too! In fact, a popular Molasses Mix recipe contains kale as one of its primary ingredients. This super-green superfood is packed with antioxidants, too. As with other healthy foods, feed it plain or add it to something like the Molasses Mix for best results. You can also mix kale and spinach leaves together with a little bit of chopped green olive (be sure to remove pits or pimentos first) for a healthy rat salad. Garlic Research shows that garlic may help humans to fight infection, and this is true for rats, […]

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When I was a teenager, my dad came home from work one day with a surprise. He brought home a beautiful stray puppy he had found abandoned at a dumpster. This solid gray puppy quickly became an integral part of our family. Unfortunately, my parents didn’t bother to take our dog to the veterinarian for important annual visits. Sadly, our furry friend contracted heart worms. While our canine companion lived a long life, his last couple of years were difficult. The heart worms caused him to cough constantly. And, he lacked the energy he once had. Now that I’m an adult, I’m vigilant about taking my pets to the veterinarian once a year. And, I give them medications to prevent heart worms monthly. On this blog, you will discover the best treatments available on the market to prevent your pet from contracting heart worms.