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The 12 pet presents of Christmas

The 12 pet presents of Christmas

1. K9 Pursuits Maze Slider This fun, two-in-one device is ideal for those dogs who tend to gobble down their food. There is a challenging maze slider on each side of a deeply grooved slow feeding bowl, which is designed to prevent dogs from rushing their food, easing reflux, indigestion and bloat. Price: £9.99, available […]

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All I want for Christmas is...

The dangerous foods you should keep away from your pets over Christmas

Ever wondered how safe the food you feed your pets over Christmas really is? Here at Burgess Pet Care, we know that it can be tempting to allow your pets to join in with the festivities and give them something to eat from the dinner table – but the truth is, this can be a […]

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The degu – how well do you know this popular pet?

The degu – how well do you know this popular pet?

Fascinating facts about the degu The degu is a small caviomorph rodent endemic to Chile It belongs to the same group of animals (infraorder Hystricognathi) as the guinea pig and chinchilla They have open rooted, continually growing cheek teeth They’re strictly herbivorous and feed on a wide variety of plants, roots and seeds in the […]

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The naming game

The naming game

Naming a pet is often a subject of much debate, with everyone in the family having an opinion on what the new family member should be called. Should you opt for something that’s bang on trend, or branch out with something a little more unusual?  “Dogs are considered fully-fledged members of the family by nine […]

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The pet parent’s guide to Christmas

The pet parent’s guide to Christmas

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… and while every pet parent wants their four-legged family members to feel part of the celebrations, there are plenty of festive perils to watch out for. Check out our comprehensive Yuletide guide to ensure that your furry friends stay healthy and happy this Christmas. Deadly decorations Anything […]

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The season of mists and a multitude of dangers...

The season of mists and a multitude of dangers…

Find out how to navigate your pets’ way safely through autumn with our expert advice… CONKER CAUTION Collecting and playing with conkers may seem an innocent enough autumn activity, but it’s something you should steer well clear of if you are a dog owner. While poisoning is rare, chewing and ingesting conkers can make a […]

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The truth about the UK’s guinea pigs

The truth about the UK’s guinea pigs

Guinea pigs have been one of the UK’s most popular pets for decades. In fact, the Pet Food Manufacturer’s Association places them at number six in the top 10 pets’ chart, with an estimated 400,000 of these chatty cavies currently residing here. However, despite their popularity – they’re gentle, sociable and incredibly cute, what’s not […]

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Too hot to handle?

Too hot to handle?

If you’re finding this summer a long and hot one, just imagine what it’s like for our pets. While we have sweat glands all over our bodies to help us regulate our temperature, animals don’t have the ability to cool themselves down as easily. Dogs and cats only have a few sweat glands around their […]

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Top tips to keep intrepid pet explorers safe this autumn

Top tips to keep intrepid pet explorers safe this autumn

ACORNS The humble acorn, which falls from oak trees between September and November, may be a staple food for squirrels and wild birds, but these cute, cupped oaknuts are toxic to dogs. So, when on autumn walks, keep a close eye on your canine chum snuffling through fallen leaves to make sure they’re not chewing […]

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Vaccinations

Vaccinations – vital for us and our pets

Find out how vaccinations work, what dog vaccinations, cat vaccinations, rabbit vaccinations and ferret vaccinations protect against, when your pets should be vaccinated and lots more essential information… As humans across the country line up for vaccinations against COVID-19, it’s important to remember just how vital vaccinations are for our pets too. Dogs, cats, rabbits […]

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Vegan diets and pets – getting the facts straight

Never has giving up meat and dairy products and switching to a solely plant-based diet been more popular. Between 2014 and 2019, the number of vegans in the UK quadrupled, according to a survey commissioned by The Vegan Society.  And it’s a trend that’s having an impact on pets too. A survey of 3,670 dog […]

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Adopt not shop

Want a new animal friend? Why not consider adopting a pet?

It seems that people want pets now more than ever and, with hashtags #AdoptDontShop and #RescueIsMyFavouriteBreed trending on social media, unwanted animals in need of adoption are getting some much needed attention. A few lucky pets have even been welcomed into the homes of celebrities such as Jennifer Aniston and Meghan Markle. So, could you […]

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Want to give your child the best start in life? Get them a pet

Want to give your child the best start in life? Get them a pet

Children get more satisfaction from relationships with their pets and get on better with their animal companions than with their brothers or sisters, according to a new study. Research from Cambridge University adds to increasing evidence that household pets may have a major influence on child development, and could have a positive impact on children’s […]

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Three rabbits

We’re Hopping Through the Years with Rabbit Awareness Week 2021! 

Join us from 28th June – 4th July for this year’s Rabbit Awareness Week. Our theme is ‘Hopping Through the Years’ and we’ll be taking a look at how to care for your rabbits throughout their lives.   Kicking off the week will be preparing to own rabbits, examining everything new owners need to consider before they bring their […]

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What do ferrets eat?

What do ferrets eat?

They’re members of a family of animals that includes wild weasels, stoats, martens, mink, badgers and otters, but they’re domesticated and can’t survive in the wild. They need to eat meat to thrive but can’t thrive on meat alone. Welcome to the fascinating world of ferrets…

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What’s on your rabbits’ wish list?

What’s on your rabbits’ wish list?

Once upon a time, bunnies were seen as simple pets to look after, ideal for children, who’d be happy in a hutch with a carrot for company. Thankfully, today we’re much more aware of the complex needs of these intelligent and curious animals. Start with the essentials Pet rabbits need a large shelter that’s dry, […]

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Which small pet is right for you?

Which small pet is right for you?

From beautiful bunnies to delightful dwarf hamsters, small pets make good companions for animal lovers of all ages. However, there are lots of things to take into consideration before you take the plunge and become the proud owner of a small pet or two. Small animals such as guinea pigs and gerbils, are classed as […]

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Who’s watching their weight in 2020?

Who’s watching their weight in 2020?

Have you started the New Year with a resolution to lose a few pounds and ramp up the amount of exercise you do? It seems that this is exactly what our pets need too. There’s a whole raft of data that reveals beyond doubt that the UK is in the grip of a pet obesity […]

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Why it’s great to have a pet

Why it’s great to have a pet

Now in its 27th year, this year’s National Pet Month takes place 1 April – 1 May 2017. Thousands of people up and down the UK are celebrating life with their pets, spreading the word on responsible pet ownership and raising money for their favourite UK pet charity. Pets play a valuable role in our lives and […]

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Why pets are so good for our mental wellbeing

Why pets are so good for our mental wellbeing

“When the world is difficult to process, having a friend who offers unconditional, judgement-free love and devotion can calm even the busiest of minds. Owning dogs has brought huge benefits to my life.” So stated naturalist, autism sufferer and proud Poodle owner Chris Packham in a recent Twitter post. He tweeted to show his support […]

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Why pets should never be an impulse buy

Why pets should never be an impulse buy

If you’ve longed for a dog, hankered after a hamster, or craved a cat for as long as you can remember, making that dream come true can be a wonderful thing. However, the idea of getting a pet is very different from actually owning one. Suddenly you’re responsible for providing another living, breathing creature with […]

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Why the grass is always greener on the Burgess Excel side

When you look at our Excel products for rabbits and guinea pigs, you’ll find that grass is listed as the first ingredient. This is because, in the wild, grass is what these small animals would eat. As pets, it remains the most important element of their diet. However, not all grass is the same. The […]

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Wild at heart

Wild at heart

Many generations ago, the ancestors of our small pets lived in the wild. Understanding how their wild relations live can help us meet our small pets’ needs so they have the right environment, company and nutrition to thrive

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Will you help us to help the UK’s pets maintain a healthy weight?

Will you help us to help the UK’s pets maintain a healthy weight?

From Bopper the Whopper, the portly eight stone Border Collie to Mitzie the tubby tabby dubbed ‘Britain’s fattest cat’, unfortunate stories of overweight pets have hit the headlines – and it’s something that pet health professionals are increasingly worried about. Pet obesity has been identified by vets as one of the top three welfare concerns.  To get to grips […]

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