20 NOV 2021
What Vets Recommend Hamsters Should Eat
Posted By : Guest Filed Under : Nutrition | Hamsters | Hamster Food | Burgess Excel
When it comes to food, hamsters like to forage and hoard – and they are extremely well equipped to carry their provisions from one place to another thanks to their ingenious cheek pouches. What’s more, these small omnivores also have very specific nutritional requirements...   Native to the arid landscapes of Syria and Turkey, hamsters evolved their cheek pouches so they could take full advantage of food wherever it happens to turn up. When you’re a very small animal it’s not always practical to eat what you’ve found right there and then – particularly if you’re at risk of becoming a hot lunch yourself. So, it makes perfect sense to stuff what you’ve foraged into your cheeks to take back to your burrow to eat it in safety. This is a natural behaviour that our pet hamsters continue to do. And, as hamster cheek pouches don't contain saliva glands, everything is kept fresh and dry during transit. Serve up the ideal hamster .. [More] hamsterboo.jpg
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27 MAY 2021
Healthy Treats For Rabbits & Guinea Pigs
Posted By : Guest Filed Under : Rabbits | Guinea Pigs | Guinea Pig Food | Rabbit Food | Burgess Excel
If you already own rabbits or guinea pigs, you know that feeding them is not always so straightforward. In the wild, their eating habits include grass, tree bark and twigs. Domestic rabbits and guinea pigs need a similar fibre-filled diet from a range of sources. They need a balanced diet of 85-90% hay, supplemented by nuggets, fresh greens and fresh water.   Treats are suitable for rabbits and guinea pigs in moderation but you don’t have to go down the route of a sugary, unhealthy snack. Treats should be packed full of fibre and should include ingredients they would find in the wild. You can find delicious snacks made from natural ingredients such as wild grass, dandelion, dried apple, herbs and flowers – and these include our Burgess Excel Nature Snacks range too.  Although they might appear to love sugary treats, rabbits and guinea pigs need lots of fibre in their diet to keep their digestive system healthy. Therefore, it is important to make sure tha.. [More] newburgessnaturesnack2021.jpg
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21 NOV 2020
Why Rabbit Muesli Diets Should Be Avoided?
Posted By : Guest Filed Under : Nutrition | Rabbits | Burgess Excel
Muesli diets lead to health problems in rabbits and should be avoided. For many years muesli mixes have been popular as rabbit food but the health risks associated with feeding them have been recognised. In 1996 a paper was published that highlighted the problems of selective feeding from these mixtures. More recent research in 2013 confirmed that selective feeding is a problem and that obesity and inactivity can be induced by feeding muesli mixes as well as dental disease.   What are muesli mixes? Muesli mixes are a mixture of cereals, legumes, pellets, extrusions and, in some cases, other ingredients such as locust beans or alfalfa. The mixtures are cheap to produce, easy to store and heavily marketed by the food manufacturers. Cereals are the staple ingredients of these mixes and they are high in starch and low in fibre, so they are fattening, which is acceptable for short-lived rabbits that are reared for meat, but unacceptable for pet rabbits that can live for up t.. [More] rabbitmuesliavoid.png
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15 DEC 2019
How To Be A 5-Star Indoor Bunny Owner
Posted By : Guest Filed Under : Rabbits | Burgess Excel
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 (PAW) report reveals that 44% of UK pet rabbits live predominately inside – but are they given everything they need to live their best (indoor) bunny life?   If you’re a devoted bunny owner, you’ll want to ensure you’re providing the five welfare needs for your pets, as outlined by the UK Animal Welfare Act 2006: Health – protection from pain, injury, suffering and disease and treated if they become ill or injured. Behaviour – the ability to behave naturally for their species – for example: play, run, dig, jump etc. Companionship – to be housed with, or apart from, other animals as.. [More] 5starindoorbunny.jpg
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29 SEP 2019
Take A Closer Look At Your Degus Diet
Posted By : Guest Filed Under : Nutrition | Burgess Excel | Pet Care | Degus
Degus are sociable, speedy rodents have very different needs from other small furries and providing the correct diet is an essential part of keeping them healthy and happy.   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, they refer to them as ‘fibrevores’. That’s why hay should make up a large part of their diet. Each day, you need to provide a minimum of their body size in high quality feeding hay to enable their digestive systems to function properly. Chomping on plenty of fresh, tasty hay will also help your degus’ dental health by keeping their continuously growing teeth at the correct length and shape. DID YOU KNOW? Wild degus live in groups of up to 100, where they dig complex burrows to hide from pr.. [More] DEGUSDIET2019.jpg
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02 DEC 2018
What Is Best Hay For Rabbits In South Africa
Posted By : Guest Filed Under : Nutrition | Rabbits | Burgess Excel | Timothy Hay | Pet Care
Rabbit owners are delightful people. You know that they are rarely loud and obnoxious (their rabbits would never stand for it); they have plenty of patience (because getting to know a rabbit takes time); and you can be certain that they are full of love and laughter (because that is exactly what rabbits inspire).   So, if you have gotten yourself a pet rabbit, welcome to the club. Your new baby bunny is sure to hop his way into your heart (or thump, depending on how stubborn you are about it). Rabbits are truly easy to love, as long as you give them just a few basics. Bunnies of all ages can be skittish, so avoid loud noises when you can. They also love to keep their feet on the ground, so be prepared to build ramps up to the couch. And, above all, rabbits have a specific diet, which undoubtedly should not be altered as it will affect the health and happiness of your pet. Rabbits (and other small furries, including chinchillas and guinea pigs) are fibrevores. They are not.. [More] rabbitsinhome1.JPG
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16 SEP 2018
Rabbits In The Home
Posted By : Guest Filed Under : Rabbits | Rabbit Food | Burgess Excel
There are cat people and there are dog people – there are also rabbit people who open up their homes for free ranging bunnies to enjoy their life as house pets. As rabbits are clever, clean creatures who can be litter-trained, why not have bunnies as part of the family?                 Having indoor rabbits means bunny-proofing your home. These chewy little pets will get their teeth into anything they can – furniture, curtains, electric cables, slippers, plants and practically anything else. So, when you’re not able to keep a very close eye on them, they’ll need to have a safe area to spend time in that’s equipped with cosy beds, hiding places, litter tray, safe toys to chew and plenty of good quality feeding hay to nibble on. To coax your rabbits into their safe space, try some irresistible treats such as Excel Blueberry Bakes, which are perfect for hand feeding. Meeting The Nutritional Challenge When .. [More] indoorrabbitexcel2.jpg
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06 JUL 2018
Feeding Sick Rabbits & Guinea Pigs
Posted By : Guest Filed Under : Nutrition | Rabbits | Guinea Pigs | Guinea Pig Food | Rabbit Food | Burgess Excel
Burgess offer an excellent recovery diet specially formulated for rabbits and guinea pigs, to help them through any poorly stages. We all know the problems you face trying to get rabbits and guinea pigs to eat when ill. Gut stasis can be devastating, and any kind of stress trigger can lead to appetite loss. Filled with essential long length digestible and indigestible fibers, this complementary feed for sick and recuperating rabbits and guinea pigs can play a vital part of critical care nutrition. It’s one of those essential feeds you need to keep in your cupboards.   Why Excel Dualcare Recovery? Specifically designed for both rabbits and guinea-pigs and is suitable for Chinchillas Easy to mix and use as a paste through a syringe or feed as a nugget Use it at times of stress or recovery from surgery Increased levels of protected Vitamin C to help recovery What does Excel Dualcare Contain? Methionine Tryptophan Protected Vitamin C Long lengt.. [More] guineapigsick.jpg
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27 MAY 2018
Why It’s Time To Move Away From Muesli
Posted By : Guest Filed Under : Nutrition | Rabbits | Guinea Pigs | Chinchillas | Guinea Pig Food | Rabbit Food | Burgess Excel | Timothy Hay | Pet Care
According to the annual PDSA Animal Welfare (PAW) Report, inappropriate diet has been consistently cited by veterinary professionals as the top issue that needs to be addressed for rabbits. During Rabbit Awareness Week in UK, they’re on a mission to turn things around for Britain’s bunnies. Muesli has the reputation of being a healthy, nutritious food for humans and the same approach has been used when marketing muesli-type foods for small pets. Unfortunately, the opposite is true. While pet owners may think they’re buying a nutritious mix of tasty nibbles, feeding a muesli mix to small pets such as rabbits and guinea pigs can result in all sorts of health problems.   Research undertaken by The University of Edinburgh reveals that muesli-based diets encourage selective feeding, where rabbits eat some (high starch/sugar) components of the muesli diet, while rejecting the more fibrous pellets. Selective feeding in this way increases the risk of: Dental .. [More] rabbitmoveawayfrommuesli.JPG
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07 APR 2018
Why Grass Is Important For Burgess Excel
Posted By : Guest Filed Under : Nutrition | Rabbits | Guinea Pigs | Chinchillas | Guinea Pig Food | Rabbit Food | Burgess Excel | Timothy Hay
Not all grass is the same. At Burgess, they believe in producing grass with the highest possible nutritional value, grown in a way that supports British farmers and gives the environment a helping hand. When you look at their 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 grass used in Burgess Excel Nuggets is sourced from the UK to meet their stringent specifications and is exclusive to Burgess. No other pet food manufacturer has access to their grass and they are justifiably proud of its provenance.   At Burgess, they have a long tradition of supporting British farmers. As part of their ongoing commitment, they actively source their ingredients as close to their mill as possible. Their grass comes from the heart of the Lincolnshire countr.. [More] guineapigingrass.JPG
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