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Gerbil Care Handbook

Table of Contents

Introduction to Gerbils
What is a Gerbil?
Things to Consider First
Responsibility

Adopting a Gerbil
Selecting a Gerbil
Split Cage Method
Handling

Gerbil Care
Housing
Bedding Material
Nesting Material
Water Bottle
Food
Food Dish
Traveling with Gerbils
Toys and Exercise

Taming

Health Issues
Respiratory Problems
Scent Gland Tumors
Broken Tails
Strokes
Seizures (or "going limp")
Red Noses
Mites
Diarrhea
Overgrown Teeth

Behaviors
Thumping
Grooming
Fighting
Marking
Digging Madly In The Corner
Escapes

Breeding
Making the Decision to Breed
Selecting the Breeding Pair
Breeding Environment
Special Care
Mating and Birthing
The First Few Days
The First Few Weeks
Weaning and Respiratory Infection
Emergency Care Kit
Separating and Placing the Pups
The Golden Rules of Gerbil Breeding
Record Keeping

Credits


The Gerbil Care Handbook may not be copied, in whole or part, without prior written permission from the American Gerbil Society.

Note: The Gerbil Care Handbook is provided for informational purposes only. Diagnosis and treatment of specific conditions should always be in consultation with one's own veterinarian. The AGS disclaims all warranties and liability related to the information contained on these pages.

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