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Give your rabbits the ‘Runaround’

Give your rabbits the ‘Runaround’

Rabbits kept in small hutches should be something consigned to the dim and distant past. We now know much more about what’s required to keep these curious, intelligent animals in the best of health and providing them with space to run, jump, hop and hide is an essential part of their care. Let’s start by […]

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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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Happy bunnies?

Happy bunnies?

Pet rabbits are related to the wild European rabbit, whose scientific name is Oryctolagus cuniculus, which means ‘hare-like digger of underground passages’. The biology and behaviour of pet rabbits is very similar to that of wild rabbits and they have very complex needs. Traditionally thought of as good pets for children, rabbits are not easy […]

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Have your guinea pigs had their vitamins today?

Have your guinea pigs had their vitamins today?

Guinea pigs and humans share one very important quality – the inability to make their own Vitamin C. So, just like us, GPs need to get a daily dose or they can suffer all manner of health issues. If your guinea pigs don’t get enough of this vital vitamin in their diet, their body’s supply […]

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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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Having a barbecue? Make sure your pets stay safe

Having a barbecue? Make sure your pets stay safe

Barbecues and pets can be a recipe for disaster, unless you take precautions to ensure the four-legged members of your family stay safe. According to animal hospital charity PDSA, every summer, their vets see lots of pets who’ve got into a spot of bother at the family barbeque – whether its burns, bin raids, broken glass, […]

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Healthcare advice for guinea pigs

Healthcare advice for guinea pigs

If you love piggies, then you’ll know that a healthy specimen is alert and chatty, with bright eyes and a good coat. For these small pets, it’s essential that their human knows exactly how they look and act when they’re in the pink – that way, it’s much easier to spot the subtle changes in […]

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Help for animal heroes

Help for animal heroes

Lockdown has had a huge impact on people, communities, businesses – and charities. Organisations such as Dogs Trust, Battersea and Cats Protection – which rely on donations and volunteers to help animals desperately in need – are facing difficult times. Could you find a way to help them out? We’ve a few ideas to get the […]

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Help your pets to chill out this summer

Help your pets to chill out this summer

As well as walking your dog in the early morning and late evening to avoid the heat of the day, repositioning small pets accommodation so they’re not exposed to the sun’s direct rays, and ensuring every pet has access to shade and plenty of fresh cool water, what else can you do to help your […]

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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 are your guinea pigs doing this week?

How are your guinea pigs doing this week?

Unlike dogs, cats, rabbits and ferrets, guinea pigs don’t require a yearly vaccination. This means that many are never taken to the vets for check-ups. That’s why it’s really important to give your small pets a weekly health check yourself. As with all healthcare issues, prevention is better than cure – and spotting problems early […]

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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 dial down the fear of firework season

How to dial down the fear of firework season

Early November can be an extremely stressful time for pets and their owners. Many animals have very sensitive hearing, so it’s not surprising that they find loud firework bangs, along with mysterious flashing lights, very distressing. As we have no way of explaining what these sudden, unpredictable sights and sounds are to our pets, all […]

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How to get your pet in shape

How to get your pet in shape

Post-Christmas, many of us feel like we’re fighting the battle of the bulge and, unfortunately, many of our pets are in the same boat. According to the British Veterinary Association (BVA), 60% of vets in the UK state that pet obesity is their biggest health and welfare concern. Just as with humans, pets – from […]

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How to help your rabbits feel snug and safe this winter

How to help your rabbits feel snug and safe this winter

Come winter, wild rabbits are tucked away in underground warrens that protect them from the worst of the weather. And, while outdoor pet rabbits are quite good at managing colder temperatures – unlike guinea pigs who should be moved indoors for the winter – they still need a helping hand to stay snug and warm.  […]

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How to protect your guineas and bunnies from pesky parasites

How to protect your guineas and bunnies from pesky parasites

When it comes to protecting our gorgeous small pets from mites, fleas, flies, ticks and mosquitoes – and any other irritating and unwelcome pests – a four-pronged attack is the best approach: Good housekeeping and hygiene Regular health checks Parasite prevention Feeding the right nutrition 1. Good housekeeping and hygiene Clean the whole of your […]

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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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Introducing a new guinea pig friend

Introducing a new guinea pig friend

A solo guinea pig is not likely to be a very happy guinea pig. These chatty cavies really need at least one other piggy for company and to allow them to express their natural behaviours. However, introducing one guinea pig to another has to be done very carefully. Put yourself in their paws – how would […]

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It’s official – pets help to relieve exam stress

It’s official – pets help to relieve exam stress

For anyone about to take a series of stiff examinations, never could a dog, cat, rabbits, guinea pigs or ferrets be of more help. While the health benefits of owning pets have long been established, scientists have discovered that the presence of a warm, furry, non-judgemental companion can make all the difference to stressed-out students. […]

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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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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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Keeping your pets safe in the sun

Keeping your pets safe in the sun

While we humans are well aware of the dangers of spending too much time in the sun, the same is true for our pets. Although their fur provides a little protection, just like us, pets can suffer from sunburn and, in some cases, sun damage can lead to skin cancer. PDSA vet, Olivia Anderson-Nathan, says: […]

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