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If you’ve stepped out of the box and decided on a non-traditional pet like a rat, mouse or some other rodent, there are some things you need to know regarding the dental health of these and similar animals. Just as with their canine and feline counterparts, our rodent furry friends need to have good dental health in order to live a long, healthy life, and you can assist your pets in this endeavor by providing them plenty of gnawing opportunities because rodents and similar mammals have a natural instinct to gnaw constantly. When we take these animals out of the wild and their natural habitat, it’s our responsibility as their caretaker to offer them an environment in our homes that most closely resembles what they had in the wild. Dental chews for rats provide your rodents with the gnawing action they crave, and while they’re munching away on the rat chews, they are getting tooth and gum care. Zen Pet Supplies has many rat chews available for a low price now. Many of these products are under $5 as a matter of fact.
Rats, mice and hamsters are all very similar when it comes to dental issues as these animals are all omnivores, which means they eat vegetation, grains and meat (just like most humans). Unlike humans, these animals will also eat many insects. But with less vegetation in their diet, there is less wear on the teeth, thus no need for continuously growing cheek teeth. They do however have continuously growing incisors for all the gnawing and tunnel building they do in during their lifespan. Insufficient gnawing motion in rats can lead to overgrown incisors, which can be dangerous and painful for your beloved pet. Incisor injury can lead to malocclusion, which is the medical term used for a bite that does not line up properly.

Rodents can even get cavities and periodontal (gum) disease, which is caused by the same bacteria that causes cavities in humans; rodents get this bacteria from kissing their owners and sharing food. For this reason, it’s important to give your pet rats dental chews that will provide them the constant gnawing activity they need and provide them the necessary nutrients and teeth-cleaning agents your rat needs to avoid dental and gum disease. Any dental repairs are going to be costly at your veterinarian’s office, so with a small investment of just a few dollars now, you can help to reduce your chances of having to take your rat to the vet at a later date for major dental work. Please check out the large selection of rat chews available today at Zen Pet Supplies.