29 JUL 2018
Pet Remedy For Anxious & Stressed Pets
Posted By : Guest Filed Under : Rabbits | Guinea Pigs | Chinchillas | Birds | Degus | Gerbils | Dogs | Cats | Pet Remedy | Ferrets | Hedgehogs
Pet Remedy is now available in South Africa at speciality pet retailers and veterinary clinics. It is perfect for calming stressed pets. It works alongside your pet's brain’s natural ‘messengers’ called neurotransmitters, which work by telling the nerve receiving the message either to calm (via GABA pathway) or get ‘fired up’. In times of stress or anxiety the nerves get over stimulated, which leads on to the many different signs of stress we see in our pets.   The special Pet Remedy blend of essential oils is valerian based and works alongside these natural relaxation pathways to help calm the nerves of anxious or stressed pets. Always consult your vet if your pet shows signs of stress or you observe any behavioural changes. Suitable for all mammals, birds, & reptiles; including cats, dogs rabbits, rodents, horses, and parrots… Starts to help immediately Helps calm your pet without sedating Helps stressed pets bec.. [More] petremedysouthafrica.jpg
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19 MAY 2018
Bonding With Your Small Pets
Posted By : Guest Filed Under : Rabbits | Guinea Pigs | Chinchillas | Hamsters | Pet Care | Rats and Mice | Degus | Gerbils
There are cat people and there are dog people – but there are also some who believe that small pets are where it’s at. Whether you cherish your chinchillas, have a passion for bunnies, adore guinea pigs, or have a soft spot for rats, hamsters, gerbils or degus, as a committed and responsible owner you want your small furries have the best life they can. Building a closer bond with your little pets will enhance and enrich your relationship with them.   A great way to build this special bond is by hand-feeding. This is something that will take time and patience, but once your small pal happily accepts a tasty treat from your hand, is incredibly rewarding. The key is to take things slowly, so that your little chums learn to associate you with good things and begin to place their trust in you. Am I in danger? Small pets are prey animals, which means they think anything approaching is a potential predator – even you. Don’t loom over them (as a pred.. [More] guineapighandfeeding2.jpg
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03 MAR 2018
Muesli Style Diets Are Unhealthy
Posted By : Guest Filed Under : Nutrition | Rabbits | Guinea Pigs | Chinchillas | Guinea Pig Food | Rabbit Food | Burgess Excel | Timothy Hay | Pet Care | Degus
Selective feeding occurs when rabbits choose some components of the muesli diet in preference to others. Rabbits will naturally select the higher energy (high sugar or starch elements) and reject the pellets. This results in an unbalanced diet, as the pellets are often supplemented with minerals and vitamins as well as often being high in fibre.   Selective feeding increases the risk of the problems below:​ - dental disease - gut stasis and other digestive problems - fly strike - reduced fibre intake - reduced water intake Rabbits fed muesli style diets eat less hay leading to a reduced fibre intake. These issues have been highlighted in research supported by Burgess Pet Care. The results have been published in peer reviewed journals. As a result of this research Burgess stopped producing muesli style diets in 2013 and we have continued to educate vets, retailers and rabbit owners on the importance of correct nutrition for rabbits and guinea pigs.. [More] rabbitseatingfood.jpg
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18 DEC 2017
Christmas Perils For Our Pets
Posted By : Guest Filed Under : Rabbits | Guinea Pigs | Chinchillas | Hamsters | Pet Care | Rats and Mice | Degus | Gerbils | Dogs | Cats
‘Tis the season to be jolly but, for our pets, it’s also a time of hazardous foods, poisonous plants and dangerous decorations. Ensure the four-legged members of your family have a safe and happy Christmas by following DR SUZANNE MOYES’ festive advice For those pets who have seen a Christmas or two, the sudden arrival of a pine tree, tinsel and plates piled high with mince pies, will likely be taken in their stride. However, for young animals, all these exciting new things require close inspection, which can lead to all sorts of problems.   All You Can't Eat At this time of the year, many of the foods we love to tuck into will do our pets more harm than good – so those pleading eyes must be ignored. It’s far better to keep your pets on their usual Burgess diet. Festive foods on the blacklist include: Pigs in blankets: Fatty, salty meats such as pork can lead to pancreatitis. Mince pies and Christmas cake: Raisins and sultanas (a.. [More] catchristmastree.jpg
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26 NOV 2017
Degus Are Slowly Becoming Popular Pets in South Africa
Posted By : Guest Filed Under : Nutrition | Burgess Excel | Pet Care | Degus
Looking for smart and sociable small furries who love to interact with humans and provide hours of entertainment in daylight hours with their endless energy? Then you’ll find degus an absolute delight!   The degu is a small rodent that is native to Chile. In the wild, these supremely social animals live in groups of up to 100, where they dig complex burrows to hide from predators, complete with nests and food stores. Unlike many small furries, degus are diurnal, which means they are active during the day. These lively little creatures, which look rather like large gerbils, love human interaction and will be happy living in a busy home where there’s plenty going on for them to keep a watchful eye on. In Good Company  The first rule when keeping degus is never to have just one. These small pets need the company of at least one other degu chum (ideally from the same litter) or they will feel vulnerable and depressed, which will have a detrimental effect.. [More] degusaspets2.jpg
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19 MAR 2017
Feeding Your Degus A High Fibre Diet
Posted By : Guest Filed Under : Nutrition | Burgess Excel | Pet Care | Degus
Degus are not common household pets so there is a misconception that they are hard to look after, or they have special dietary needs. This could not be further from the truth, degus are very easy to care for and feed. The only special consideration revolves around their susceptibility to health problems related to high sugar foods. Degus are very sensitive to sugar in the same way humans are with diabetes. Sugary foods should be avoided. But with some care on your part, it’s not hard to make sure they are receiving a healthy balance of nutrients from their food.   The degu diet in the wild consists of grasses, seeds and roots. It is nutrient poor so they spend a great deal of time foraging and eating. Degus need to keep their digestive systems busy with a mix of two kinds of fibre moving through their gut at all times (these types of fibre are called digestible fibre and indigestible fibre). To highlight the importance of fibre in their diet, degus are referred to as &.. [More] degus1.jpg
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15 JAN 2017
Difference Between Bedding & Feeding Hay
Posted By : Guest Filed Under : Nutrition | Rabbits | Guinea Pigs | Chinchillas | Guinea Pig Food | Rabbit Food | Burgess Excel | Timothy Hay | Degus
Did you know that rabbits need different types of hay to sleep on and to eat? We all know that rabbits are herbivores – but at Burgess they like to term rabbits ‘fibrevores’ because this highlights the fact that fibre is what ensures nose to tail health. Forget five a day, think fibre a day! While grass and herb based foods, such as Burgess Excel Nuggets and Burgess Nature’s Blend, will provide a good portion of your rabbit’s fibre needs, grass is what they would naturally nibble all day long in the wild. Providing enough fresh grass every day to meet your rabbit’s needs is difficult, hay has just the same health and digestive benefits as fresh grass – but is much easier to store. In fact, studies have shown that "Feeding Hay" should make up to 85-90 per cent of your rabbit’s daily diet, that’s around 1kg of hay per week, to maintain a healthy gut and weight and keep teeth healthy. However research has sho.. [More] feedinghayblog.jpg
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15 JAN 2017
Understanding Your Degu
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Want to know why your degus chatters or thumps, and why they prefer dust baths to water baths? Here’s our quick guide to understanding degus behaviour… Burrowing In the wild, degus live partly above ground and partly underground, creating tunnels to cool down in during the summer and to stash food away in the winter – even organising themselves into digging chains to make the job easier! Encourage this behaviour at home by adding a thick layer of soft materials or soil to the bottom of their cage so there’s plenty of burrowing opportunities. Degus can often be found hiding food, and covering and uncovering it – but it’s not unusual for them to forget where they’ve hidden it too, so keep an eye on their favourite spots if they are allowed loose in your home! Thumping Tail wagging is sometimes used by females to show they are ready to breed and by some males to show off! Tail drumming can also be used as an alarm call to .. [More] degusbaby1.jpg
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06 NOV 2016
Importance Of Small Animal Bedding
Posted By : Guest Filed Under : Pet Cages | Rabbits | Guinea Pigs | Chinchillas | Bedding | Hamsters | Pet Care | Rats and Mice | Degus | Gerbils | Carefresh
The purpose of a substrate (bedding) used in small animal cages is to absorb bad smelling, urine odour. Small pets such as hamsters, gerbils, mice, rats and guinea pigs need a clean habitat in order to thrive and remain healthy. Therefore the more absorbent a bedding, the better it controls nasty smells. There are a wide range of substrates available, each with its own positive and negative aspects. You can use shredded paper as a substrate, but it won’t absorb odours, so your pet’s cage could get stinky fast. Make sure to use only paper that hasn’t been printed, as ink can be very dangerous to small animals. Only newspaper with black ink is considered to be safe. Another suitable option for substrate are paper and wood pellets. These pellets have the benefit of being very absorbent. It may be difficult for some pets to burrow through it, however, and can be a bit expensive. Burgess Excel Bedding is also a good option and made from natural straw i.. [More] carefreshconfettihamstercage2.jpg
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21 OCT 2016
Why Small Pets Need Enrichment?
Posted By : Guest Filed Under : Small Animal Toys | Guinea Pigs | Chinchillas | Bedding | Hamsters | Pet Inn | Pet Care | Rats and Mice | Degus | Gerbils | Carefresh
Many rodents such as hamsters, gerbils, mice, domesticated rats, guinea pigs, chinchillas and degus are commonly kept as pets. All of these animals can make great pets when they are cared for properly with the right diet and proper housing. Unfortunately, many people get these animals as pets and don’t realize that in addition to good food, a safe cage, and clean bedding, these pets – just like cats and dogs – need environmental stimulation to be happy and to thrive. Many wild rodents are very social animals living with numerous others of their own kind in their normal habitat. In the wild, they have “jobs” – searching for food, finding mates, building nests. Most rodents nest in communities and share parental responsibilities. They spend 30-50% of the time they are awake grooming each other. When young rodents are separated from their mothers, they often show an increase in disease, are more anxious and aggressive, and are less likely to.. [More] carefreshhamster.jpg
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