This week the Squidgypigs are trialling:

imageBurgess Excel Guinea Pig Nuggets with Blackcurrant and Oregano.

What are they?:
Complimentary nugget shaped Guinea pig food.
A small dark nugget
Rather fragrant.

imageWhat can your pet do with them?:
Eat them
(If you read this blog regularly you’ll know what Slincypig is prone to doing…)

Ingredients:
Grass, Maize, Wheat, Lucerne, Soya Bean Hulls, Peas, Soya, Oat Bran, Unmolassed Beet Pulp, Yeast, Soya Oil, Ligno-Cellulose, Molasses, Calcium Carbonate, Monocalcium Phosphate, Vitamins, Fructo-oligosaccharides 0.25%, Salt, Minerals, Blackcurrant Flavour, Oregano Oil, Contains Natural Antioxidants. No artificial colours or preservatives. 

Analytical Constituents:
Beneficial Fibre 36%, Crude Fibre 17%, Protein 17%, Oils and Fats 4%, Ash 6%, Calcium 0.9%, Phosphorous 0.50%, Vitamin A 22,000iu/kg, Vitamin D3 1500iu/kg, Vitamin E (a-tocopherol acetate) 100mg/kg, Vitamin C 800mg/kg, Copper as cupric sulphate 12mg/kg.

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Where to buy?:
Any good independent pet shop
The Range
Pets at Home
Some good garden centres
Online (Amazon etc.)

Price:
£6.50 at Pets at Home.

Nutrition:
In addition to the high vitamin C everybody expects in a Guinea Pig nugget; being hay based I really like that these nuggets have the high fibre content that keeps the digestive system in great shape as well as aiding the upkeep of those ever growing teeth.

imageIt should be noted that these nuggets have a slightly higher calcium content than the other nuggets we have reviewed, although in your average young, healthy animal this shouldn’t cause a problem it may be worth noticing if you have a piggy with known calcium/bladder issues.

About Burgess

Burgess is an independent family run business based in Thornton-le-Dale. We are one of the UK’s leading pet food manufacturers, catering for the country’s top nine most popular pets including dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas, hamsters, gerbils, rats and ferrets.

You can find them at Burgesspetcare.com

Review:
When you open the Burgess Excel Nuggets you are faced with a fruity yet strangely savoury aroma; I’m guessing that the oregano is responsible for this. The scent is definitely pleasant but being a mum I cannot shake the thought of toddler-spilt-blackcurrant-squash.

imageNuggets; as you know, are designed to stop selective feeding and ensure that every mouthful contains the same nutritional goodness. I love the size of these nuggets, they remind me of the Dwarf Rabbit pellets I used to feed my beloved “Little Bunny”. They seem good palatable dimensions and after feeding there doesn’t seem to be the large quantity of dust and crumbs that you get with some larger nuggets.

Conclusion:
The Squidgypigs definitely seemed to enjoy these unusually flavoured nuggets. I liked the fact the Burgess Excel Blackcurrant & Oregano Nuggets had a very distinct look and aroma compared with the other pellets we have reviewed. The price is a little higher than some of the other nuggets on the market but as with everything; if your pet enjoys and benefits from the product it’s always a worthy investment.

Love & Chin Rubs xox