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Game Plan

Short of ideas for fun things to do in the winter? The short, chilly days can take their toll on our pets, which is why it’s important that, as responsible pet guardians, we go all out to boost the feelgood factor for our four-legged friends. From ‘treat-seeking missions’ to indoor circuits, getting creative with cardboard […]

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Guinea pig Q&A

Are guinea pigs good pets for children? How long do guinea pigs live? What do guinea pigs like to do? What should you feed guinea pigs? How can you tell if your guinea pigs are happy? We’ve all the answers to these questions and more, which will help explain why these chatty little rodents deserve […]

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Hamster behaviour explained

Did you know that hamsters use all sorts of ways to communicate how they’re feeling – from body language and scent messages to various sounds – some of which are too high pitched for humans to hear. Understanding if your hamster is feeling happy, scared, curious or cross can help you provide them with all […]

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Hamster habitats

If you want to create an enriching environment for your hamster – or hamsters (only the Syrian hamster prefers a solo lifestyle) – we’ve all the info you need to design and set up the perfect hamster home. You’ll have hours of fun watching your curious hamster investigate and explore all the intriguing things you’ve […]

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Hamster Q&A

Hamster Q&A

Are hamsters good pets? Why do hamsters carry food in their pouches? Should hamsters be kept as only pets? What do hamsters need to be healthy and happy? What’s involved in looking after a hamster? What do hamsters eat? Are hamsters friendly? Will my hamster bite me? We answer some popular hamster queries… They may […]

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Having a barbecue? Make sure it’s a sizzling success without any pet mishaps

Planning a few post-lockdown get-togethers in the garden with friends and family around the barbecue this summer? While it’s great fun for humans, it can be a risky affair if you have pets. Veterinary charity PDSA warns: “All those tempting treats and glowing grills can be a danger for our much-loved pets. Heatstroke and burns. […]

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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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Made in Yorkshire!

Did you know that 1st August is Yorkshire Day? While this noble northern county is famous for giving the world Yorkshire puddings, stainless steel, Wensleydale cheese, the first ever football club (Sheffield FC) and the Brontë sisters, it’s also the home of Burgess Pet Care – which itself has a rather interesting history. Find out […]

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Make every day a play day for your pets

If you’re getting involved in this year’s National Play Day, which promotes the importance of play for everyone, don’t forget to include the furry, four-legged members of your family! Playday is celebrated each year across the UK on the first Wednesday in August. First established in the 1980s by playworkers to support school-based play centres […]

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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 Look Nuggets

Your small pets’ favourite nuggets now have a brand-new look! Rabbit nuggets, guinea pig nuggets and other varieties of nuggets for small pets may not look very exciting from the outside – but inside, they’re packed full of fibre and all the vitamins and minerals your small pets need to help them stay healthy and happy. […]

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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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New year, new you? And don’t forget your pets!

How do you tell if your pets are overweight? What’s the best food to choose to help your pets slim down? How can you encourage your pets to be more active? If you’re in need of some motivation to help your pets reach those New Year health and fitness goals, check out our TOP 5 […]

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Nutritious nuggets – why they’re the best choice for our small pets

Muesli-style foods may seem like a healthy option for small pets, but this is actually not the case. Find out why nuggets are the best option when it comes to feeding your small furries… One of the most important campaigns that Burgess Pet Care has been involved in is the Move Away from Muesli initiative, […]

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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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Our pets are so loyal and loving, let’s give it right back at them during National Pet Month

Dogs have long had a reputation for being a human’s best friend and that’s certainly true of Border Collie Mae from Brecon. She has recently been crowned as Wales’ Most Loyal Pet as part of a competition to raise awareness of the mental health and wellbeing benefits of pet ownership. Mae has supported her owner […]

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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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