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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24 OCT 2021
Aquael Introduces OPTI SET Aquariums
Posted By : Guest Filed Under : Aquael | Tropical Aquariums | Fish
The brand new range of OPTI SET aquarium sets manufactured in Poland by Aquael is something that delights even the most demanding customers. For this reason, you can be sure that you will be impressed by it's high quality of workmanship. Aquael has taken care of even the smallest detail when creating this product so that you can enjoy this fantastic piece of beauty for many years to come. The new OPTI SET aquarium set will allow you to literally and figuratively blur the boundaries between you and the underwater world.   First of all, it is worth paying attention to the fact that the tanks of our sets were made of special opti glass (front and sides). Their edges are polished and the weld is colorless, which significantly improves transparency. In addition, the set includes a special LEDDY TUBE DAY & NIGHT lighting, which not only looks extremely nice and offers three lighting modes (day, daybreak, night), but also allows for really low power consumption. This is .. [More] optisetaquariumstunning.jpg
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18 JUN 2021
Create A Home Office Space That Works For You And Your Pets
Posted By : Guest Filed Under : Rabbits | Dogs | Cats | Ferrets
The legacy of lockdowns means that more and more of us are working at home – and it’s something that looks set to become a regular arrangement for many people. While this new way of working suits most pet owners – who are loving the extra time they get to spend with their furry friends – it doesn’t come without it’s challenges.   If you’ve been in the middle of an important Zoom call and your cat has leapt onto your laptop or your dog has exploded in an unexplained barking frenzy, you’ll know exactly what we mean... So, what’s the solution? The answer could be creating a pet-friendly office space that’s safe and cosy, with pet toys and things to do to keep your office dog or office cat happily occupied – leaving you to get on with your work in peace... Carry out a risk assessment Start by taking a tour of your home office space from your pet’s point of view. This is a bit like new parents thinki.. [More] Home-Officecat.jpg
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05 JUN 2021
What Is Best Koi Pond Filtration System?
Posted By : Guest Filed Under : Koi Pond | Evolution Aqua
Koi ponds and koi keeping are gaining popularity in South Africa. There are many different types of ponds, but the filtration system will always be vital to the health of the fish. If you are unsure where to start when it comes to understanding a koi pond filtration system, this article is meant to give you a better understanding.    Koi produce waste that could be classified as both chemical and physical so it only makes sense that your pond will need to have the ability to handle both. The two main types of filtration are biological and mechanical.  Biological filtration encourages the growth of aerobic (nitrifying) bacterial cultures that will help break down the chemical components of fish waste. Mechanical filtration is employed to handle the physical solid pieces of waste such as faecal matter, dead leaves, dead insects, etc. There are special equipment you need to have present in your pond to ensure the health of your Koi. Before discussing filtrat.. [More] koipondfiltration2.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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11 MAY 2021
Hamster Health Checks
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These small, special animals rely on us to ensure they’re healthy and happy. As well as providing nutritious hamster food and creating a suitable hamster habitat for them to thrive in, there are some important health checks that you should carry out regularly to ensure your hamster is in the clear.   Getting to know your hamster’s normal behaviour and habits will help you be able to spot if something is not quite right. This is very important because, as the RSPCA points out: “Hamsters can become unwell and go downhill very quickly, but may often only show subtle signs of being in pain or distress, or that they are suffering, until it is very severe.” As well as providing suitable accommodation, company of their own kind (it’s only the Syrian hamster that prefers to go it alone) and the right nutrition, there are some regular checks that you can carry out to ensure your hamster is hale and hearty. And, by doing this, you’ll also be able.. [More] HamsterHealthchecks.jpg
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07 MAY 2021
EA Launches Tempest Filter For Ponds
Posted By : Guest Filed Under : Koi Pond | Evolution Aqua
Award winning aquatics company Evolution Aqua have launched a new, innovative polisher for ponds, the Tempest. The Tempest filter uses Evolution Aqua’s K+Media to deliver crystal clear, healthy water. Designed to be used in conjunction with any filtration system, the Tempest offers additional mechanical and biological filtration. The Tempest filter can also be used on quarantine systems or as a standalone filter on smaller ponds up to 5,000 Litres.   The Tempest filter is easy to install and is simple and quick to clean, by way of a unique, patent pending air syphon design. During the cleaning process, air is drawn into the filter as it empties which causes the water to agitate, effectively cleaning the K+Media. Using Evolution Aqua’s K+Media as the filter media, particles down to one micron can be filtered. Not only that, K+Media is the result of extensive research and development, moulded with minerals for faster maturation times. Evolution Aqua filter me.. [More] EA_Tempest.jpg
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18 APR 2021
Keeping Ferrets As Pets
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Ever fancied having some captivatingly curious ferrets as pets? In fact, these domesticated polecats have been popular human companions for centuries. Images of ferret-like animals on leashes have been discovered on the walls of Egyptian tombs, which suggests that these mischievous little carnivores have been pals with humans for thousands of years. It’s thought that they were first introduced to Britain around 2,000 years ago by the Romans and they’ve gained legions of ferret fans ever since...   Ferrets are fearless explorers who need to be cared for by humans Ferrets (Mustela putorius furo) belong to the family ‘Mustelidae’, which includes otters, stoats, weasels and badgers. Their most likely wild ancestors are the European polecat and the Steppe polecat. They have stubby noses, small furry ears, long, flexible bodies, and short, strong limbs, meaning they’re perfectly equipped to move freely in confined spaces and turn round in narrow.. [More] Ferret-Behaviour.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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18 OCT 2020
What Is the Best Diet For Parrots In South Africa?
Posted By : Guest Filed Under : Nutrition | Birds | Roudybush | Bird Food | TOPs Parrot Food
There is a lack of scientific study on avian nutrition, especially as it relates to different bird species, but most experts agree that a good diet for parrots begin with a formulated pellet diet with a variety of other foods added as supplements. A diet based primarily on seeds is deficient in many nutrients, including vitamin A and calcium, and is too high in fat.    This is not to say that seed do not have a place in avian diets, but many birds come to prefer them to the exclusion of other healthy choices and can be fussy when it comes to trying a varied diet. Some birds will even pick out a couple of favorites from a seed mix, which further reduces the nutritional balance in the diet. When it comes to parrot nutrition, consider seeds to be somewhat like junk food: birds love them, but they are not the healthiest choice. For most species of parrot, seeds should only make up about 10 percent of the diet. Some species, like budgies and cockatiels are naturally .. [More] budgieseatsseeds.jpg
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