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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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Our 7-point guide to being a gold-star guinea pig owner

Our 7-point guide to being a gold-star guinea pig owner

Small, sociable and chatty, guinea pigs or ‘cavies’ originate from the grasslands and lower slopes of the Andes Mountains in South America. In the wild, they live in close family groups of 5 to 10 individuals, though several groups may live in close proximity, forming a colony. When keeping them as pets, the challenge is […]

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Cat eating from a bowl

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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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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Super snacks for small furries

Super snacks for small furries

For our small pets, as well as providing them with the right accommodation, company and food, enrichment should be an essential part of how we care for them. Burgess In-house Vet, Dr Suzanne Moyes says: “Essentially, enrichment is about helping your pet to exhibit natural behaviours, such as climbing, digging, tunnelling, foraging, chewing and gnawing. […]

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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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Take a closer look at your pets’ diet in 2019: Hamsters

Take a closer look at your pets’ diet in 2019: Hamsters

When hamsters emerge from their cosy sleeping quarters each evening, they like to get busy. Along with playing and exploring, hamsters will happily forage for hours, seeking out tasty morsels to nibble on, as well as hoarding food away in their amazing in-built storage system – their cheeks. Native to the arid landscapes of Syria […]

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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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All I want for Christmas is...

The dangerous foods you should keep away from your pets over Christmas

Ever wondered how safe the food you feed your pets over Christmas really is? Here at Burgess Pet Care, we know that it can be tempting to allow your pets to join in with the festivities and give them something to eat from the dinner table – but the truth is, this can be a […]

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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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True or false? How well will you score in our fun hamster quiz?

True or false? How well will you score in our fun hamster quiz?

Here are eight statements about hamsters. Five of them are TRUE and three of them are FALSE. Can you work out which is which? The answers are below. Hamsters have poor eyesight Hamsters should always be kept on their own Hamsters teeth never stop growing Hamsters are vegetarian Hamsters carry food in pouches inside their […]

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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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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 food can hamsters eat?

What food can hamsters eat?

When it comes to food, hamsters like to forage and hoard – and they are extremely well equipped to carry their provisions from one place to another thanks to their ingenious cheek pouches. What’s more, these small omnivores also have very specific nutritional requirements…

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Which small pet is right for you?

Which small pet is right for you?

From beautiful bunnies to delightful dwarf hamsters, small pets make good companions for animal lovers of all ages. However, there are lots of things to take into consideration before you take the plunge and become the proud owner of a small pet or two. Small animals such as guinea pigs and gerbils, are classed as […]

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Why mice are really rather nice

Why mice are really rather nice

Pet mice are epic explorers and there’s hours of fun to be had watching them as they nimbly scale ropes, pause and scent the air, nibble on tasty treats that they hold delicately in their front paws and dash recklessly through tunnels. However, these compact pets have quite a long list of requirements when it […]

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Why pets should never be an impulse buy

Why pets should never be an impulse buy

If you’ve longed for a dog, hankered after a hamster, or craved a cat for as long as you can remember, making that dream come true can be a wonderful thing. However, the idea of getting a pet is very different from actually owning one. Suddenly you’re responsible for providing another living, breathing creature with […]

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Wild at heart

Wild at heart

Many generations ago, the ancestors of our small pets lived in the wild. Understanding how their wild relations live can help us meet our small pets’ needs so they have the right environment, company and nutrition to thrive

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Will you help us to help the UK’s pets maintain a healthy weight?

Will you help us to help the UK’s pets maintain a healthy weight?

From Bopper the Whopper, the portly eight stone Border Collie to Mitzie the tubby tabby dubbed ‘Britain’s fattest cat’, unfortunate stories of overweight pets have hit the headlines – and it’s something that pet health professionals are increasingly worried about. Pet obesity has been identified by vets as one of the top three welfare concerns.  To get to grips […]

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