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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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Join in a virtual festival of everything bunny

Join in a virtual festival of everything bunny

The annual Rabbit Awareness Week (RAW) is the bunny event of the year – and for 2020, it’s happening online. Created to improve the lives of rabbits in the UK, RAW will (virtually) bring together leading rabbit welfare experts and veterinary professionals from across the UK, along with welfare charities and organisations that work to […]

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Keep calm and call the vet

Keep calm and call the vet

If your much-loved pet suddenly became unwell or suffered an injury, would you know what to do? What symptoms should you look out for that suggest the situation is serious? When should you call the vet?  With small animals, regular checks are really important. Burgess in-house vet, Dr Suzanne Moyes, advises: “Unlike dogs, cats, rabbits […]

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Keep fit for bunnies

Keep fit for bunnies

Rabbits are active creatures who need the opportunity to run, jump and hop about every day. Without adequate exercise, the skeletal frame of a pet rabbit suffers and they could become prone to obesity. Being overweight can cause all sorts of problems for bunnies, including loss of muscle tone, breathing problems, difficulty moving around and […]

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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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Lost in translation? Guinea pig speak explained

Lost in translation? Guinea pig speak explained

Guinea pigs are sociable, chatty creatures who generally have plenty to say, using around 11 different noises to communicate how they’re feeling. In fact, guinea pigs use sounds as a primary means of communication and, since they are herd animals, sounds are also their means of maintaining social rank. Of course, if you’re another guinea […]

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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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Making hay-time playtime for bunnies

Making hay-time playtime for bunnies

Having fresh, irresistibly tasty feeding hay every day is an absolute essential for fibrevores like bunnies. In fact, around 85-90% of a rabbit’s diet should be high quality feeding hay and grass. Astonishingly, that’s equal to their own body size in hay every day. DID YOU KNOW? Many people provide their rabbits with hay for […]

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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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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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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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Perfect habitats for indoor rabbits

Perfect habitats for indoor rabbits

Indoor rabbits hopping around your home means that your bunnies are never short of attention and are closely involved in family life, which can be a great experience for these sociable, intelligent, inquisitive creatures. However, before you let some indoor bunnies (always keep at least two, as they need the company of their own kind) […]

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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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Share the pet love

April is National Pet Month, which is all about raising awareness of responsible pet ownership through educational campaigns, along with celebrating the benefits of having pets in our lives. It also encourages fundraising for pets in need and, for animal lovers, it’s simply the best month of the year… In the US, this year’s National […]

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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 – guinea pigs

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

Sociable, inquisitive and affectionate, guinea pigs are often considered a good first pet for children. However, it should always be an adult that takes responsibility for these chatty little rodents to ensure they are cared for properly. This is particularly true when it comes to managing their diet. To keep your guinea pigs happy and […]

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Take a closer look at your pets' diet in 2019: Chinchillas

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

The New Year is a time when we all tend to give our diets an overhaul – perhaps by cutting back on sweet and salty snacks and pledging to eat more fruit and veg. It’s also the ideal time to focus on our pets’ diet. We kick off 2019 with a series of blogs focused […]

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