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Small pets have special nutritional needs. They're less active than they would be in the wild, which means they eat less and take in fewer nutrients. This is one reason your small pet needs a fortified food to stay healthy.
Most pet foods are made with "feed grade" ingredients. These are low-quality ingredients that can't be sold for human consumption because they don't meet "food grade" standards. Read the label. If you wouldn't eat it, why feed it to your pet?
Henry's Healthy Pet Foods began in 2008 when we adopted two nonreleasable Eastern grey squirrels, Henry and Hazel. Like most pet squirrels, they simply wouldn't eat commercial rodent blocks. And when I started reading the labels on commercial rodent blocks, I was concerned about some of the ingredients. So I created a tastier, healthier block, which eventually became Henry's Healthy Pet Foods.
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Most pet squirrels and flyers won't eat commercial rodent blocks. They are picky eaters and simply don't like the taste. As a result, most captive squirrels end up with a diet of nuts, seeds, and vegetables, which is deficient in calcium and protein as well as other nutrients like B vitamins. This can lead to metabolic bone disease (MBD) which causes lethargy, paralysis, seizures, and can be fatal. A lack of protein can cause dull, sparse, or patchy fur. There are some important steps you can take to help get your pet on the road to a healthier diet.
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