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Home alone

Home alone?

Separation anxiety in dogs is a well-recognised condition– but what about other pets? Cats may be independent and self-reliant, but their world revolves around their human. So, is cat separation anxiety also an issue? And what about small animals? Naturally social bunnies, guinea pigs, rats, degus, gerbils and chinchillas form close bonds with their owners […]

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How intelligent are rats?

How intelligent are rats? Can you teach them to do cool rat tricks? Would you like to have your very own rat pack? Here are 7 fascinating facts about these super smart rodents that could make you fall in love with them… Rats are highly intelligent Want a pet that’s smart? Rats are an excellent […]

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How to tell if you have a happy pet

How to tell if you have a happy pet

With some pets, it’s pretty easy to work out if they’re happy. Dogs, for example, are such a giveaway with their wagging tails and big sloppy smiles. With other pets, signs of happiness can be rather more tricky to figure out. Delighted dogs Along with a high, waggy tail, a happy dog will have soft […]

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Hurrah for rodents! But which small pet is right for you?

Hurrah for rodents! But which small pet is right for you?

Small pets can make wonderful companions, but before you take the plunge into the fascinating world of small furries, it’s essential to think about how the relationship is going to work. For example – do you want a pet that enjoys being handled? Do you want a pet that’s awake during the day? Do you want […]

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Love is in the air

Love is in the air this Valentine’s Day

February is not just about Valentine’s Day – it’s also the month when animal fans celebrate National Love Your Pet Day – which are two great reasons to show your pets just how much you love them… As well as treating your pets to their very own Valentine’s Day gifts on 14 February (more of that […]

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Mice Q&A

When did mice first become pets? What do mice eat? How sociable are mice? What do mice like to do? We’ve all the mice info you need to help you enjoy caring for these tiny, epic explorers who love to forage, play, climb and interact with their cage mates – no wonder a group of these […]

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My furry valentine

My furry valentine

Dogs, cats, bunnies, guinea pigs, ferrets, chinchillas, gerbils, degus, hamsters or rats – whatever the size or the species, if you have a furry friend in your life, you know exactly how they can steal your heart. But why is this the case? Why do we unconditionally love creatures that need walking, feeding, grooming and […]

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New pets on the block?

New pets on the block?

When it comes to the enjoying the company of animals, we humans have forged bonds with other species for thousands of years. We delve into the fascinating history of some of our favourite pets… Dogs – our faithful companions for 40,000 years Canines are, of course, our longest-known companions, evolving from a shared ancestor with wolves […]

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Pandemic pets have piled on the pounds too

Lots of people have come out of lockdown with a few extra pounds to lose – and it seems that the same is true for our pets, indicating a worrying trend. PDSA’s annual PAW Report into the health and wellbeing of the nation’s dogs, cats and rabbits has noted: “an association between lockdown and deepening […]

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Pet supplements – are they necessary?

Pet supplements – are they necessary?

As the days gradually become shorter and we spend more time indoors, we could be lacking in an essential vitamin that helps us keep our bones, teeth and muscles healthy. Vitamin D – which helps to control the amount of calcium and phosphate in our bodies – is created when direct sunlight reaches the skin […]

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Dog Theft

Pet theft – how to protect your best furry friends

It’s every pet owner’s worst nightmare and not something any animal lover wants to dwell on, but the fact is that pandemic pet theft is on the rise – particularly incidences of dog theft. However, there are lots of practical steps you can take to protect your precious pet animals. Pets are stolen for a […]

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Hamster in hay

Safe and scrummy snacks for your small furries

We all enjoy a bit of snack-time, and our pets do too. However, it’s important to only give our much-loved small furries treats that are good for them. So, why not pay a visit to the Burgess Excel snack shop? Along with specially designed food for all manner of small pets, there’s also a range […]

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Rabbits eating green leaves

Salad days

Warmer weather means we’re all craving fresh summer salads – and we don’t want our small pets to feel left out. But what fresh foods are safe for our rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils, chinchillas and degus to eat? What foods are harmful and should be avoided at all costs? If you’ve ever wondered if […]

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A Home for your Chinchillas

Set up a home sweet home for your chinchillas

What do you need to create the perfect home for your chins? A spacious chinchilla cage that features lots of climbing and jumping opportunities, tasty chinchilla food and things to gnaw on, a chinchilla dust bath and some cosy nest boxes – check out what else is on your small pets’ wish list… Chinchillas might […]

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Show your pets the love on Valentine’s Day

Show your pets the love on Valentine’s Day

We’re known as a nation of animal lovers – according to the Pet Food Manufacturers Association (PFMA) more than 58.4 million animals are kept as pets in the UK. But how much do we really know about what our pet animals need to be healthy and happy? This Valentine’s Day, why not make a pledge […]

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Take a closer look at your pets’ diet in 2019 – degus

Take a closer look at your pets’ diet in 2019 – degus

In the wild, degus – who are native to northern and central Chile and live high up in the Andes mountain range – survive on grass and other green vegetation, bark and seeds. In fact, compared to other rodents, degus need to consume large amounts of fibre – at Burgess, we refer to them as […]

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The 12 pet presents of Christmas

The 12 pet presents of Christmas

1. K9 Pursuits Maze Slider This fun, two-in-one device is ideal for those dogs who tend to gobble down their food. There is a challenging maze slider on each side of a deeply grooved slow feeding bowl, which is designed to prevent dogs from rushing their food, easing reflux, indigestion and bloat. Price: £9.99, available […]

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The degu – how well do you know this popular pet?

The degu – how well do you know this popular pet?

Fascinating facts about the degu The degu is a small caviomorph rodent endemic to Chile It belongs to the same group of animals (infraorder Hystricognathi) as the guinea pig and chinchilla They have open rooted, continually growing cheek teeth They’re strictly herbivorous and feed on a wide variety of plants, roots and seeds in the […]

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The naming game

The naming game

Naming a pet is often a subject of much debate, with everyone in the family having an opinion on what the new family member should be called. Should you opt for something that’s bang on trend, or branch out with something a little more unusual?  “Dogs are considered fully-fledged members of the family by nine […]

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The pet parent’s guide to Christmas

The pet parent’s guide to Christmas

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… and while every pet parent wants their four-legged family members to feel part of the celebrations, there are plenty of festive perils to watch out for. Check out our comprehensive Yuletide guide to ensure that your furry friends stay healthy and happy this Christmas. Deadly decorations Anything […]

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Vegan diets and pets – getting the facts straight

Never has giving up meat and dairy products and switching to a solely plant-based diet been more popular. Between 2014 and 2019, the number of vegans in the UK quadrupled, according to a survey commissioned by The Vegan Society.  And it’s a trend that’s having an impact on pets too. A survey of 3,670 dog […]

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Adopt not shop

Want a new animal friend? Why not consider adopting a pet?

It seems that people want pets now more than ever and, with hashtags #AdoptDontShop and #RescueIsMyFavouriteBreed trending on social media, unwanted animals in need of adoption are getting some much needed attention. A few lucky pets have even been welcomed into the homes of celebrities such as Jennifer Aniston and Meghan Markle. So, could you […]

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Want to give your child the best start in life? Get them a pet

Want to give your child the best start in life? Get them a pet

Children get more satisfaction from relationships with their pets and get on better with their animal companions than with their brothers or sisters, according to a new study. Research from Cambridge University adds to increasing evidence that household pets may have a major influence on child development, and could have a positive impact on children’s […]

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What do ferrets eat?

What do ferrets eat?

They’re members of a family of animals that includes wild weasels, stoats, martens, mink, badgers and otters, but they’re domesticated and can’t survive in the wild. They need to eat meat to thrive but can’t thrive on meat alone. Welcome to the fascinating world of ferrets…

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