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Keeping your small pets cosy in winter

Keeping your small pets cosy in winter

Pets who are kept outdoors rely on their human carers to make sure they don’t suffer because of the changing of the seasons. While rabbits cope with cold weather quite well, guinea pigs don’t like it all and, in winter, ferrets can be prone to getting flu. Find out what you need to do to […]

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Liver disease in rabbits - Hepatic lipidosis

Liver disease in rabbits – Hepatic lipidosis

Hepatic lipidosis is caused by an accumulation of excess fat in liver cells. It is usually triggered by anorexia. The loss of appetite happens as a result of many factors, including pain, stress, chronic fear, inappropriate handling, visits to the vet, changes in diet, dental disease and many other health problems. It can develop quickly […]

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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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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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Neutering – one of those things on your ‘to do’ list?

Neutering – one of those things on your ‘to do’ list?

When it comes to neutering their pets, people often have strong opinions. But science is unequivocal – for most pets, neutering is not only the best way to prevent unwanted litters, it also protects against life-threatening diseases. While some people think that a female dog, cat or rabbit should have a litter before she’s spayed, […]

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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 thinking on helping your pets cope with fireworks season

New thinking on helping your pets cope with fireworks season

For pet owners, the beginning of November can mean stressful times ahead. For a week or more, the prospect of unexpected bangs and flashes that terrify dogs, cats and small furries is a seasonal challenge that many pet owners dread. There are, of course, lots of practical steps that owners of dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea […]

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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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Cat eating from a bowl

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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Preparing for the big bang

Preparing for the big bang

Remember, remember the fifth of November? For many of our pets, it’s a date they would rather forget. However, by planning ahead and following some practical tips, you can help your pets feel safer and more secure during the firework season. 1. CREATE A SAFE SPACE Make a den or nest area where your dog […]

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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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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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Summer first aid for pets

Summer first aid for pets

TACKLE TICKS The chance to race through lush summer meadows is one of a dog’s greatest joys. Unfortunately, it’s also a great opportunity for ticks to jump on board. These small, blood-sucking parasites happily hitch a ride on pet dogs (and cats, and us!) to take a meal before dropping off, engorged with blood, a […]

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Summer safety – why your pets need you to stay alert!

Mid-summer means endless days to enjoy time outdoors with our animal chums. It also means being aware of all sorts of hazards that can affect our furry friends. But don’t panic, we’ve plenty of great advice to help you be a pet parent who can totally handle it… Parasites – how to tackle those nasty […]

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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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Syringe feeding rabbits

Syringe feeding rabbits

Critical care in small mammals and exotics has changed and progressed a long way in recent years. There are some excellent products on the market that allow animals of all species to be cared for in times of need. Fluids and critical care nutrition are fundamental to allowing animals recover from stress, illness and surgery. […]

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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 – degus

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

In the wild, degus – who are native to northern and central Chile and live high up in the Andes mountain range – survive on grass and other green vegetation, bark and seeds. In fact, compared to other rodents, degus need to consume large amounts of fibre – at Burgess, we refer to them as […]

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

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

As the cleverest rodents on the planet, our pet rats deserve the very best nutrition. Giving them the right food is actually an essential requirement because rats need a range of essential amino acids, fatty acids, vitamins and minerals from their diet that they cannot produce themselves. That’s why you should never feed them food […]

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Teething problems?

Teething problems?

Does your dog or cat possess a gleaming set of pearly white gnashers? If they do, you’re probably already helping them take care of their teeth. Yet many pet owners aren’t aware how important tooth care in pets is, with studies estimating that 80% of dogs and 70% of cats over three years of age […]

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