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Big ideas for small pets

Big ideas for small pets

As well as providing the right nutrition, suitable accommodation and company of their own kind (apart from Syrian/Golden hamsters who prefer to go solo – for other pets, same sex or neutered pairs or small groups are recommended) enrichment is just as important for our small pets. But what exactly is it? Animal charity Wildwelfare.org […]

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Bonding new bunny buddies

Bonding new bunny buddies

Rabbits are highly social creatures who, in the wild, live in large groups or colonies in underground tunnels, known as warrens. Their social groups are territorial and complex, with a dominance hierarchy – a trait that remains deeply embedded in pet rabbits. This is why introductions need to be made slowly and carefully. To help […]

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Bonding with your small pets

Bonding with your small pets

There are cat people and there are dog people – but there are also some who believe that small pets are where it’s at. Whether you cherish your chinchillas, have a passion for bunnies, adore guinea pigs, or have a soft spot for rats, hamsters, gerbils or degus, as a committed and responsible owner you […]

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Brighten up the festive season with these cute and colourful pet Christmas gifts

What’s going to be in your pet’s Christmas stocking this year? As well as treating your furry friends to extra special pet Christmas presents, why not spread some much-needed seasonal cheer by buying them from animal charities and small businesses… All your devoted dog wants for Christmas Your best waggy-tailed friend will be ready to […]

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Call me by my name

Call me by my (pet) name

How do you decide on the perfect dog name that suits your canine chum’s personality to a tee? Or what about a sweet and sassy cat name that’s just right for your favourite feline? Not forgetting choosing exactly the right names for your small pets. What are the most important things to think about when […]

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Calling all rabbit owners – find out why it’s time to Move Away from Muesli

Calling all rabbit owners – find out why it’s time to Move Away from Muesli

Muesli has the reputation of being a healthy, nutritious food for humans and the same approach has been used when marketing muesli-type foods for small pets. Unfortunately, the opposite is true. While pet owners may think they’re buying a nutritious mix of tasty nibbles, feeding a muesli mix to small pets such as rabbits and […]

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Two ferrets

Caring for your ferrets

These domesticated polecats are intelligent and endlessly entertaining creatures who make fantastically loyal animal companions – indeed, the Pet Food Manufacturers Association (PMFA) estimates there are currently around 10,0000 pet ferrets in the UK. However, while ferrets are great fun, they have very specific needs that must be met so they can be healthy and […]

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Caring for your guinea pigs’ sensitive skin

Caring for your guinea pigs’ sensitive skin

Gorgeous guinea pigs are susceptible to a number of skin complaints, which is why owners of these chatty cavies need to be vigilant and keep a close eye on their pets. Constant scratching is a warning sign and it’s vital to check for dry or flaky skin around ears, nose or mouth, spots or lesions, […]

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Celebrate the Year of the Rat

Celebrate the Year of the Rat

1. Rats are ranked at number one  There are 12 Chinese zodiac signs in the following order: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig. Each sign is named after an animal, each with its own unique characteristics. Ranking first on the list is the rat – with its spirit, […]

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Celebrating all our non-human friends

Celebrating all our non-human friends

The keeping of pets has been practiced from prehistoric times to the present. Pets are found in nearly every culture and society, which suggests that caring for animals satisfies a deep, universal human need. It’s no surprise then that pet ownership in the UK is on the rise. According to the latest pet population data […]

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Chinchilla food that fits the bill

Chinchilla food that fits the bill

Chinchilla treats can be handy to encourage your pets to take food from your hand. But what food can chinchillas eat? And what else can you do to keep things fun and interesting for them?

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Two chinchillas

Chinchilla Q&A

With their beautiful soft fur and gentle ways, chinchillas are exceptionally appealing pets. But before you consider taking on these long-lived rodents, it’s vital you find out as much as possible about these active, agile and fragile animals so you can provide them with all the things they need to live their best chin lives. […]

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Could portion control be the answer to preventing our pets getting tubby?

Could portion control be the answer to preventing our pets getting tubby?

When it comes to maintaining a healthy weight, portion control is a simple and effective way to ensure we don’t eat too much. Indeed, celebrities including US actress Angelina Jolie and chef Gordon Ramsey cite portion control as the secret to staying in shape. The same can be true for our pets. Right now, gaining […]

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Three degus

Degu Q&A

Where do degus come from? When did they first become pets? What do degus eat? How sociable are degus? What do degus like to do? We’ve all the degu details you need to help you become the perfect pet parent to these intelligent, curious, and endearingly entertaining members of your family. Here’s what’s covered in […]

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Essential checks for your small pets this winter

Essential checks for your small pets this winter

From checking that outdoor accommodation is weatherproof and providing extra bedding, to scheduling suitable exercise time (small pets still need to keep active) and regularly checking water supplies, our handy checklist outlines what to do to help your pets cope with chilly, wintry weather. CHECK #1 How well do your pets cope with cold weather? […]

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Excel Dual Care Recovery

Excel Dual Care Recovery

We offer an excellent recovery diet specially formulated for rabbits and guinea pigs, to help them through any poorly stages! We all know the problems you face trying to get rabbits and guinea pigs to eat when ill. Gut stasis can be devastating, and any kind of stress trigger can lead to appetite loss. Filled with essential long […]

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Excel DualCare Recovery

Excel DualCare Recovery

Burgess Pet Care continues to offer an excellent recovery diet specially formulated for rabbits and guinea pigs. We all know the problems we face getting rabbits and guinea pigs to eat when ill. Gut stasis can be devastating, and any kind of stress trigger can lead to appetite loss. Filled with essential long length digestible […]

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Excel DualCare Recovery – a specialist feed for recuperating rabbits and guinea pigs

Having an unwell rabbit or guinea pig can be difficult to navigate. Caring for them and building them back up to full health is a priority. Always speak to your vet about the best path for you and your small animal. They will be able to advise you on the correct care and recovery plan, […]

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Excel Guinea Pig Nuggets Feature in Zoella's Christmas Videos

Excel Guinea Pig Nuggets Feature in Zoella’s Christmas Videos

Happy 2018, we hope you all had a great Christmas! Here at Burgess, we received our Christmas present a little earlier in 2017, when we saw our Excel Guinea Pig Nuggets featured in one of Zoella’s YouTube videos! Zoella is a British lifestyle and beauty vlogger who is one of YouTube’s biggest content creators. Her […]

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Festive film star animals

Festive film star animals

The festive season is a time to cuddle up on the sofa with our pets and watch some favourite family movies. So why not have a go at our fun quiz about some of the best-loved animal stars on film. Answers at the end – but no peeking! Q1: What’s the name of the Golden Retriever who […]

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cat after flea treatment

Fleas – how to evict these itchy, uninvited guests

How can you tell if your pet has fleas? What do fleas look like? Why do fleas love our cosy homes so much? Can fleas live on humans? What’s the difference between dog fleas and cat fleas? How long do fleas live? How serious a health risk are fleas? And, most importantly, what do you […]

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Foraging for your small furries

Foraging for your small furries

In the wild, fibrevores, such as rabbits, guinea pigs and chinchillas, spend around 70% of their time eating grass and other plants. Foraging and chewing keeps them physically and emotionally stimulated, enables them to express natural behaviours, and is essential to their dental, digestive and emotional health. As well as high quality feeding hay and our […]

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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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Two guinea pigs with hay

Get to know your guinea pigs better

These chatty cavies make super pets but, just like us, there are all sorts of guinea pig types and each have their own likes and dislikes and distinct personalities. Finding out more about what makes these loveable little animals tick will help you understand them better so you can provide them with all the things […]

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