Burgess Pet of the Month

Would you like your pet to star as the ‘Burgess Pet of the Month’?

 If so, simply submit your photos over on our Facebook wall https://www.facebook.com/burgesspetcare. We’ll choose our favourite image to star as our cover photo for a full week on 31st March :)

*Each person can upload up to 5 photos each*

Good Luck everyone!

Burgess Pet Care

Feeding Your Dog Hypoallergenic Food

Just like us humans, dogs can also develop food intolerances at any point in their lives. This can be for any number of reasons, so don’t go doubting yourself or thinking it’s your fault. It’s also easily remedied thanks to the Burgess Sensitive range!


Animals (and humans) have very specific dietary needs, as we all have different bodies which react to chemicals in different ways. Like an allergic reaction, these needs can change at any time and it’s no different for your dog. Dogs can become intolerant to some of the ingredients in common dog foods. This means that their bodies can’t digest the ingredients properly, which can lead to other health problems and generally affect the dog’s quality of life.

There are 6 categories of ingredients which are classed as “complex” and could trigger an intolerance in the digestive system of your pooch. These are: beef, soya, wheat, maize, eggs and dairy.

These ingredients can cause a range of symptoms which we’ll go into later; the important thing to think about is a realistic solution which is going to work best for you and your dog.


Once you are familiar with your pets and their habits it’s easy to spot when something’s not quite right. This might be in their eating or drinking routine, smells, looks or maybe just the fact that they’re acting differently (a change in behaviour is something worth taking note of). If you haven’t had your dog for long, or you don’t notice anything different straight away, it’s worth carrying out these recommended checks on your friend just in case.

Eyes: It sounds like a strange and cryptic thing to say, but you need to check your dog’s eyes to make sure that “sparkle” is still there. By this we mean that you will notice on closer inspection if your dog’s eyes look tired, or if the eyelids are starting to droop even though they’ve had enough sleep. If this is the case it can be a sign of a food intolerance and a change in diet may be needed.

Skin/fur: Your dog’s coat should look healthy and be soft to touch. An early indicator of food intolerances is the fact that your dog’s fur has become greasy instead of glossy and silky. This comes from the fact that food isn’t broken down properly and so vital vitamins aren’t being supplied to the dog’s hair.

Smells: All dogs can sometimes let the odd one go and it may not be pleasant. But when they can clear the room with a particularly potent puppy poop then you may want to think about what the cause of this might be. It could be a sign that something’s not quite right.

Toilet habits: Nobody wants to get too close to stools but it is something that is worth being vigilant about. It can be quite distressing for dogs if they are constipated and may cause them to be more lethargic and not want to take part in activities. It’s also worth checking that your pal’s poos are solid. Doggy diarrhoea is not only a nightmare to clean up, it can also point to something being wrong in the digestive process.

Scratching: If you notice that your dog is scratching more than usual and that this is causing skin to become raw then you need to think about what’s causing this. Diet and digestion can have a clear effect on skin and this can be a sign that a change needs to be made. You may also notice that skin is dry or flaky; this can also be a sign that your dog has developed an intolerance to a particular ingredient. It can also make your dog scratch even more and make the problem worse.


If you do notice any of these problems the best thing to do is to consult your vet. You don’t want to be making drastic changes to your dog’s (and your) routine if they aren’t necessary. Your vet can help to advise you about the best course of action to take and whether this should be medical or dietary.

If it is that your vet suggests that you need to change your dog’s diet or that he might have an intolerance to certain ingredients, then you need to take note that changes should be made over time. Any straight switches of one food for another can exacerbate the problem and also cause further complications.

The Burgess Sensitive Rangeadult-dog-scottish-salmon-and-rice

First things first; if you have decided to make a change to the food you buy for your dog then at Burgess we have all of the products to suit your needs! Our specially formulated Sensitive Range all contain highly digestible proteins and are a great source of vitamins. Carbohydrates are important but should be gentle on your dog’s stomach and food also contains natural antioxidants and amino acids. This may sound a bit technical but these are vital to keep your pet’s heart healthy.

As if this wasn’t enough, there’s also our Sensitive Gourmet Treats. All dogs love a treat and you shouldn’t have to let the fact that giving treats can end up causing more harm than good get in the way. Our Hypoallergenic Gourmet Treats are perfect for in between meals and are free from the usual ingredients which can cause digestive dilemmas.

Further Study

You are the best judge of whether your dog’s diet is working and so we trust you to know, what’s best for them. However, if you are unsure your vet is always a good source of knowledge and ideas about changes which could be made to your dog’s lifestyle. If you want to find out more about our hypoallergenic food or have any questions for the experts at Burgess, visit our website at www.burgesssensitive.co.uk

A revolutionary new bedding and litter tray product

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Spring is well on the way now, and we will all soon be enjoying some reliable warm weather. But with this warmth comes a problem we all know too well – fleas, mites and flies. Unfortunately many pets succumb, and rabbits and small furries are no exception.

With smaller pets living in hutches and small enclosures, the bedding and litter material can often contribute to the problem by providing an ideal environment to help propagate their life cycles.

Burgess Pet Care is pleased to announce a revolutionary new product, Excel Bedding and Litter.

It’s also highly fluid and odour absorbent, long lasting, biodegradable and easy to clean, and is therefore truly fit for purpose.

This unique bedding helps prevent flea, mite and fly infestations as it contains an added natural biocide that interferes with the exoskeleton of insects, thereby killing them through dehydration. This has considerable health and welfare benefits as it reduces the risk of fly strike and pododermatitis.

Excel Bedding and Litter is also pre-treated to remove dust and mould spores so reducing the risk of allergies and respiratory infections.

Why not move your clients over to Excel Bedding and Litter today.

It’s available at all major veterinary wholesalers now.

Contact Burgess for more information

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Feeding Your Dwarf Hamster

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Out in the wild, little dwarf hamsters would be described as ‘omnivores’. They love nothing more than munching on grass, seeds, plant roots and sometimes even delicious ‘creepy-crawlies’. Burgess Dwarf Hamster Harvest is the perfect replacement for domesticated hamsters as it contains seeds, grains and even dried mealworms for that essential animal protein.

Small amounts of fresh fruit and veg should also be given as this is a great way for hamsters to take in water. A few things that your hamster will love are apple, broccoli, pear and cabbage. Fruits such as oranges should be avoided as they are far too acidic for those furry little things.

A tiny amount of Timothy Hay could also be provided to add that extra bit of fibre.

If you’re planning on changing your hamster’s food then you should make it a gradual transition; do this by adding a small amount of the new food every time you feed him.

How often should I feed my dwarf hamster?

You should feed your hamster twice a day, so every morning and evening. If there is any uneaten food lying around the cage then make sure you remove it, just in case it goes moldy. You should also remember that hamsters have cheek pouches so they can hide food around the cage. Keep your eye out for food that may be hidden around the cage.

How much food should I feed?

That depends on how many hamsters you have! About one tablespoon of hamster mix (per hamster) should be fed on a daily basis.

What treats can I feed my hamster?

Hamsters have a soft spot for sunflower seed and peanuts, but these should only ever be given as treats. Feeding too many could lead to obesity problems. We would recommend that you give your hamster a natural treat (available on our website); they are much healthier and your hamster will love them.

What’s the best way to provide water for my hamster?

Your hamster will need a constant access to fresh, clean water from a water bottle with a metal spout.

How much water should my hamster drink?

Your hamster should be drinking around 10ml of water per 100g body weight. If your hamster starts consuming more or less water than usual then this could be a sign of a medical issue. If you’re worried then make an appointment to see a hamster savvy vet.


If you’d like more information on caring for your dwarf hamster then please visit the Burgess website – http://www.burgesspetcare.co.uk/pet-care/supahamster-feeding.html

John Chitty lectures at BSAVA a big success

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Burgess are very pleased to have sponsored two lectures at this years BSAVA Congress in Birmingham.

Both lectures covered a wealth of interesting and  practical information for vets attending this popular annual conference.

There were delegates from all over the country attending, and no doubt will be going back to their clinics armed with the latest up to date knowledge regarding dental care in rabbits and common medical conditions of small mammals.

If you were lucky enough to have attended this meeting,  tell us what else you would like us to cover at future meetings.

If you want more useful up to date information from our team, sign up to our Vet Club and you will receive not just refresher notes and latest news, but also

notice of future veterinary meetings.



FREE posters from Burgess stand 910

Come along to see us at the BSAVA Exhibition Hall

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All our team will be there showing you our latest exciting diets, as well as giving away some great rabbit and guinea pig posters which can be used in your consulting room displays.

As an extra special pleasure, we are also giving away luxury Lindt rabbit chocolates

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So go on… come to stand 910 and have a chat and a treat on us :-)

Burgess stand 910

40 hours CPD from Burgess for only £150


We’ve been listening to you and are now delighted to announce the launch of our Rabbit Awareness Education CPD program.

With help from Professor Anna Meredith and our RAW partners, we are starting this two-part course spread over 40 hours of CPD.

Aimed primarily at the General Practitioner vet and nurse, you won’t get better value CPD than this at just £150.

Sign up now

The course is split in two as follows;

Part 1

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Husbandry
  • Diet
  • Health
  • Behaviour

Part 2

  • Common diseases and conditions
  • Anaesthesia
  • Common surgical techniques
  • Dentistry
  • Emergency and critical care


So if you work with rabbits in general practice and want some great CPD, sign up with us today. Don’t leave it too late as places are limited.

Get in touch with to find out more.

Introducing Burgess Vet Club at BSAVA

Introducing the Burgess Vet Club…

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We are please and excited to launch our NEW Burgess Vet Club at BSAVA this year.

Come along and visit us on stand 910

So what is Burgess Vet Club?

In a nutshell it’s an online resource for all vets packed with…

  • Practical everyday tips and advice
  • Easy to read refresher articles
  • An overview of the latest research and news
  • A roundup of key topics and debates
  • and anything relating to small mammals

Each month we’ll send you a short email with links to latest news and tips.


Why are we different to other veterinary resources?

Well we try to keep it filled with useful information easy to read and digest in just a few minutes.

We appreciate you all live very busy lives, so rather than sending you protracted articles, we’ll break it down into highlights and key points.


Sign up to the Burgess Vet Club today

BSAVA lectures sponsored by Burgess

Are you going to BSAVA this year?

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We are pleased to be supporting some specialist lectures this year by John Chitty BVet Med CertZooMed CBiol MSB MRCVS.

The masterclass lectures are aimed at the GP vet who treats rabbits and small mammals, and focus on being practical in their approach.

The lectures are free and on a first come first serve basis in the exhibition stream presentation area, so don’t miss out… come early.

Saturday 10.50am

Practical rabbit dentistry

Saturday 1.50pm

Common medical and surgical conditions in small furries




NEW – Excel Dualcare Recovery diet

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Burgess Pet Care is pleased to launch our

NEW recovery diet for rabbits and guinea-pigs


As vets we all know the problems we face getting rabbits and guinea pigs to eat when ill. Gut stasis can be devastating, and any kind of stress trigger can lead to appetite loss.

With essential long length digestible and indigestible fibers, this NEW complementary feed for sick and recuperating fibrevores can play a vital part of critical care nutrition.

Why Excel Dualcare Recovery?

  • Specifically designed for both rabbits and guinea-pigs
  • Easy to mix and use as a paste through a syringe
  • Use it at times of stress or recovery from surgery
  • Provides GIT support
  • Contains
    • Methionine
    • Tryptophan
    • Protected Vitamin C
    • Long length fibre
    • Pre-biotics


Contact us today for more information or better still, come to see us at stand 910 in the NIA exhibition hall at BSAVA

Can I Feed My Puppy Sensitive Dog Food?

All puppies are adorable.  Even breeds which are not always regarded as being good looking dogs have beautiful puppies.  And puppies, from the moment they can move around, are charming.  Whether they are timid and hide in mom’s shadow, or they are rambunctious, constantly tripping over their brothers and sisters, puppies are incredible to watch.  These are just a few of the reasons that puppies charm humans, winning them over in ways that even the staunchest hearts cannot deny.

But, for as cute and cuddly as puppies are, this time of their lives is a crucial one.  It sets the groundwork for the well behaved dogs that we grow to love even more than our silly and adorable puppies.  Growing up for puppies covers many of the same areas of development as humans face.  This includes education and training, socialisation, discipline and, of course, physical development including playtime and nutrition.  And, if you have ever seen a busy puppy eat, then you know that eating is just as valuable as playing for many puppies.

Sensitive Puppy Food

However, as with humans, food sensitivities can (and do) develop in canines.  Interestingly, science is discovering that many of the same foods that plague humans are also troubling for dogs.  But, many of these items are routinely found in dog – and puppy – foods.

What Are Food Sensitivities? 

Digestion is an essential process for living.  Although humans (and dogs) can be fed intravenously when necessary, it is not an ideal life and many people regard the prospect of a lovely meal with anticipation.  However, as essential as digestion is, it is also an intricate process.  As such, it does not always happen smoothly.

Food sensitivities develop when foods become difficult for our bodies to digest.  The associated symptoms are just as uncomfortable for canines as they are for humans:

·         Flatulence

·         Diarrhoea and loose stools

·         Inability to release the bowels

·         Vomiting

Keep in mind that while any of these symptoms may occur from time to time, it is the frequency that can be alarming.  There is a vast difference between occasional flatulence and recurring conditions. 

Puppies have an especially difficult time with these functions because their digestive systems are still developing.  However, once they are old enough to leave their mother, they should be capable of digesting their food relatively normally.  Although older dogs may develop food sensitivities over time because of repeated exposure to them, puppies with these symptoms are likely to have overly sensitive stomachs and digestive systems. 

However, despite the differences in food sensitivity development, many of the same foods trouble canine bellies.  These foods are simply more difficult to digest, and canines especially are likely to ignore the process, or simply overdo it.  Troubling foods are likely to include:

·         Maize products

·         Soya and its derivatives

·         Wheat gluten

·         Dairy products

·         Beef, is known to be a developed sensitivity, though it may also be a natural one

Unfortunately, many pet foods include these items as a matter of course.  Typically, they are inexpensive, and easy to process into kibbles.  And, although there are plenty of dogs with food sensitivities, there are still those who can eat seemingly anything without experiencing a reaction.  (The same applies to humans as you have surely noticed.) 

Sensitive dog food, on the other hand, is made from different meat and fish products and is bound together with other starches.  Typically, this includes rice (which is often recommended for dogs after an upset stomach), and beetroot which has plenty of additional nutrients that canines need, without any of the side effects.  Sensitive dog foods also include prebiotics which are essential for developing healthy digestive flora.  Prebiotics are not enough to restore sensitive digestive systems on their own, but they aid restoration and continuation of regular digestion. 

What About My Puppy’s Food?

Many puppy owners assume that their pets will outgrow their (sometimes disgusting) digestive issues and tend to leave the matter alone.  This is extremely detrimental as food sensitivities is not a self-healing condition.  Puppies, just like adult dogs (and humans) require a specialised diet if their food is causing concerns. 

However, puppies still require additional supplements and nutrients that fully grown dogs do not.  That is precisely why there are specially formulated puppy foods available on the shelves.  It is crucial to choose a sensitive puppy food rather than an adult one, especially in the first year of a dog’s life.  Owners of puppies that will soon transition to adult food may want to consult with their vets before switching to puppy sensitive food.  In some cases, it may be less troubling for your pet to make one change while providing additional nutrients in another form.  But, this decision should be discussed with your dog’s health care provider as diet will always be a crucial part of your dog’s development and well being. 

If you suspect that your puppy may have food sensitivities, there are a few things you can do to assist with diagnosis.  Ensure, firstly, that your pet is only receiving his food, and not table scraps.  (Do not forget to check with other members of your family who may be prone to offering treats.)  Even though you may be training your puppy, and offering biscuits as a reward, you will want to cut these out of your puppy’s diet – at least temporarily.  If symptoms persist, your pet should be taken to the vet for a check.

Although these symptoms are largely attributed to food sensitivities, there are other conditions, which can cause them.  Your vet will be able to run tests, if required, and understand the correlation between these symptoms and other possible diseases.  Of course, if you are worried about your puppy at any time, or the symptoms of food sensitivities present themselves with lethargy or crying, then you should not hesitate to schedule a visit to the vet.  After all, your puppy has plenty of growing up to do, and the earlier any condition is diagnosed, the sooner it is that your pet will return to normal.

For more information about feeding your puppy on a sensitive diet please visit the Burgess Sensitive diet – http://www.burgesssensitive.co.uk/