Thoughts/good info on minimum wheel size? German min 30cm! May 24, 2021 12:17:34 GMT -8
Post by Markpd on May 24, 2021 12:17:34 GMT -8
From looking this up about a year ago it seemed the minimum wheel size was generally recommended to be 8"(20 cm), I bought a 10" (25.5 cm) one to give them a bit more room.
Fast forwards to a few weeks ago, where I was discussing water bowls vs bottles in my greeting thread at the German forums, I posted a pic of my platform showing the wheel amongst other things. Where 1 person said he thought the wheel looked small and would hurt my gerbils! I said it was 25cm, and he said it should be at least 30cm (12"), I asked for some corroboration of this at which point he (but not others) had a bit of a hissy fit about this , he even said, and I quote "I find that a little ridiculous with this research that you are asking for...." and "That doesn't need any scientific backing."
Now apart from the fact that I didn't want only real research behind it (which I know is hard to come by), I had also asked for owners experience of this, which he said their was lots of. Yet no one was able to provide me of any examples (of back injuries from wheels 20-25+cm), collated or otherwise. In the end he bailed from the 'lively discussion' without providing even any anecdotal evidence.
However another member did provide a few links to vet/vet associations and a rescue ctr (thanks again to AROL ), the following (you'll need translators, unless you can read German ) :-
edoc.ub.uni-muenchen.de/26671/1/Imhof_Laura.pdf [not read this one yet]
The TVT is the German Veterinary Association for Animal Welfare.
Btw, 30cm min isn't universal in Germany, this site states a min of 25cm - www.diebrain.de/re-laufrad.html
Their own forum guide says a min of 27cm ironically - www.rennmaus.de/rennmaus/haltung/einrichtung/
My German wheel thread, in case anyone's interested! (better have a lot of spare time, lol) - www.rennmaus.de/community/thema/174152-reasons-for-a-larger-wheel-gr%C3%BCnde-f%C3%BCr-ein-gr%C3%B6%C3%9Feres-laufrad/?pageNo=1
So anyone had gerbils have back problems with wheels from 20-27cm?
Thoughts on their 30cm min?