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Create an ideal home for your hamster

Create an ideal home for your hamster

If you visited this year’s Ideal Home Exhibition, you may be bursting with plans to spruce up your humble abode. But first, spare a thought for your hamster. According to a study published in Royal Society Open Science, the type of accommodation you provide has a big impact on hamster wellbeing. Researchers from Liverpool John […]

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Decoding gerbil communication

Can gerbils purr? What does it mean when a gerbil yips? Why do gerbils make thumping sounds? We reveal some of the secrets of gerbil communication… With their playful ways and curious nature, it’s no wonder that gerbils have been popular pets for decades. These small rodents – who are larger than mice but smaller […]

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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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Ferret Q&A

Are ferrets good pets for children? How long do ferrets live? What do ferrets like to do? What should you feed ferrets? How can you tell if your ferrets are happy? We’ve all the answers to these questions and more, which will help you understand what makes these curious, clever pets such popular companions. Here’s […]

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Fibre first – helping your small furries manage their delicate digestions

“At Burgess, we refer to rabbits, guinea pigs and chinchillas as fibrevores,” says Burgess in-house vet Dr Suzanne Moyes. “This is because fibre is by far the most important part of their diet and is essential for their gut and dental health.” There are some rather intriguing reasons behind this, which, if you’re a small […]

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Finding a vet for your small pets

For anyone with pets, vets are VIPs, who look after the health of our much-loved animal friends. But did you know that just like hospital specialists, vets have different areas of expertise? That’s why, if you have small pets, it can be a good idea to seek out a vet that specialises in small animal […]

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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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Give your small animals a cosy night’s sleep with Burgess Excel Nap & Nest paper bedding

What is small animal bedding? In your small animals’ housing they need a separate sleeping area, away from their toilet area or litter tray. A cosy bedding is great for keeping your pets warm and comfortable while they sleep. There’s lots of different types of bedding available including: Paper bedding Sawdust Aspen bedding and wood […]

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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 Health

Hamster health checks

These small, special animals rely on us to ensure they’re healthy and happy. As well as providing nutritious hamster food and creating a suitable hamster habitat for them to thrive in, there are some important health checks that you should carry our regularly to ensure your hamster is in the pink. Getting to know your […]

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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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Dog in summer garden

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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Holiday care for pets – what are the options?

If you’re going away on a much-awaited holiday, you want to know that your pets are being well looked after so you don’t spend your vacation worrying about them. So, what are the options? From buddying up with pet-owning friends to share holiday care duties, to a traditional boarding kennels or cattery, or even hiring […]

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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 be a gold-star indoor bunny owner

How to be a gold-star indoor bunny owner

While they may roam your lounge rather than the great outdoors, indoor bunnies still need all the things that wild rabbits enjoy – from company of their own kind and opportunities to exhibit their natural bunny behaviours to providing them with the right nutrition. Indoor bunnies are popular pets – the recent PDSA Animal Welfare […]

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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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It’s totally cool – a summer safety guide for pets

While we’re all hoping for another long, hot summer, scorching sunny days can be challenging for our furry friends. When it comes to keeping pets cool in summer, there are lots of things we can do to help. Check out our summer pet safety tips to help your furry friends remain cool, calm and comfortable. […]

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Life as a very small animal

Life as a very small animal

There are small pets and then there are very small pets – enter the diminutive dwarf hamster, which has scurried its way into children’s hearts for decades as a much-loved first pet. Despite their small stature, dwarf hamsters are curious, intelligent and social creatures who require the right home, correct nutrition and company of their […]

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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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