Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Timothy Hay: A Treat that Provides Major Health Benefits to Small Pets

By Stephanie

What is Timothy Hay?

Timothy Hay is a natural perennial grass that is native to Europe. It can be cut and dried in late in the season, and it is high in fibre and low in protein and calcium. It is recommended amongst vets as one of the best bays to feed small animals and pets, and should be an integral part of the diet of rabbits and guinea pigs in particular.

Timothy  Hay promotes a natural chewing behaviours and helps to wear down cheek teeth, which over time have evolved to grown continuously in small herbivores, because of the large amount of grinding down they do when chewing their food. The consumption of this hay encourages and helps to maintain good dental practice in your small pet.

It's beneficial for their gut

It is great for the intestinal tract of most small pets due to the high fibre content, it reduces the risk of soft stools and helps to prevent bloating, stimulates the digestive system which then helps to prevent obesity. It also helps to maintain a good balance in the urinary system

How much should I feed them?

Timothy Hay can be feed freely and should be available to your pet at all times. It can also make the animal's environment warmer and it allows the guinea pigs to imitate their natural habitat but encouraging foraging, this provides metal stimulation. Timothy Hay should be the main diet of your pet, fresh vegetables and pelleted food should also be available alongside it.

Timothy Hay is so versatile and you can conveniently offer it as treat, use it as a dental aid or you can provide it as a main source of food for your pet without being concerned about weight gain. It's important to follow you vet's advice when it comes down to the dietary requirements of your pet, and if you're unsure about any type of food to feed your pet, you're always better off feeding them something that you'know won't do any harm to their stomachs, don't hesitate to ask your vet, that's what they're there for.

Burgess Pet Care introduce the Excel Feeding Plan, which is a step by step guide to feeding you Fibrevores. The Excel Feeding Plan recommends that you include a premium quality Timothy hay in their diet. Visit http://www.burgesspetcare.co.uk for more information today.

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