My gerbil is suffering from diarrhoea, what should I do?
Your gerbil may be suffering from a potentially fatal disease such as Tyzzer’s disease. Please contact your vet as soon as possible for advice. (link through to pet health guide pages)
How often should I carry out a healthcheck on my pet?
You should check your pet on a daily basis to make sure there are no signs of disease or injury. Simple changes in behaviour in relation to feeding, activity and toilet habits often give a clue that all is not normal. If in doubt or you find anything abnormal contact your vet for advice.
How often should I feed my gerbil?
Gerbils are omnivores and require some animal protein in their diet. The easiest way to do this is to feed your pet daily with a complete food specifically for gerbils, which provides all the nutrients in the correct amounts and proportions. Water must be accessible at all times and bottles are often easier to keep clean, however gerbils appreciate being given a bowl of water occasionally so they can splash about and wash.
What should I put in my gerbil’s cage to keep him occupied?
Regular exercise is important to keep your pet fit and prevent boredom, which could lead to behavioural problems. Items for the cage, such as boxes and tubes are both fun for you and your pet.
My gerbil is sneezing. Does he have a cold?
Gerbils are able to catch the common cold from humans and suffer from similar symptoms including a runny nose and sneezing. In more severe cases they may have laboured breathing, runny eyes and refuse to eat or drink and as a consequence suffer from weight loss. To help avoid your pet from catching a cold, don’t handle him if you’ve got a cold yourself.
If you think your gerbil has started to get a cold treat them early as if the cold is severe then it can lead to bronchitis or pneumonia. For further information please contact your vet.