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Libby Hanna

2020 updates by Cathy Bickel

Most medicine prescribed for gerbils will be in oral form to be given with a syringe.


To dose your gerbil, first get a solid one-handed grip on him. Place your index finger across the top of his head with its tip pointing toward his nose, and grip him around the shoulders with your thumb on one side and your middle finger on the other. Your ring and pinkie fingers wrap around his belly. Then quickly flip him over, holding him gently but firmly, as pictured.


Put the tip of the syringe in the side of his mouth behind the incisors and squirt the medicine in. If it is a large dose, try to ease it in so that he doesn't choke. Keep your fingers clear of his teeth.


Some vets prefers to "scruff" a gerbil but scruffing is not for the faint-hearted.


Showcase of various custom cages built for gerbils.

Be sure the size and type of cage is manageable and one you can keep clean. It's not all about size. Gerbils need stimulation and ideally time to explore out of the cage: gerbils love to run, climb, dig, nest, take dust baths, tunnel and chew.

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