Veterinary surgeons and vet nurses are being encouraged to find out more about the bedding used in cages and hutches across the UK.

Supreme Petfoods says there has been little education about the relative benefits of the different types of bedding for small pets.

The health and welfare of small pets could benefit from some of the newer products, it says. The improved absorbency and softness can help prevent skin sores and dermatitis associated with rough, wet or abrasive bedding material.

The company recommends practices and hospitals use Tumblefresh, its ultra-absorbent, soft, hypoallergenic, dust-free bedding for small pets. It will now be available in a compressed 17L pack, replacing a 23.5L pack, making it easy for practices to store or display for sale.

The product is made from surplus virgin wood pulp and is totally natural.

Twistynest is a colourful paper bedding that allows pets to play where they stay – the concertina paper folds can be unravelled by small furry paws, providing hours of amusement for pet and owner.

A new store pack includes four standard 500g retail packs, plus one free 1kg pack to use within the practice for in-patient pets.

Supreme says its CosiNDri is also made from natural pulp and offers super-soft comfort, superior absorbency and masking of odours.

“Offering even more generous profit margins than before, the product is a recommendation that is good for business but can also be made with a clean conscience because it offers the opportunity for environmental enrichment and better welfare,” a company spokesman said.

High-quality hay can have a great impact on the dental and digestive health of small pets and a compressed 17L pack of meadow hay and barley straw is coming soon from Supreme.

Any member of the practice team wanting to know more about bedding for small pets can go to

For further information, or to request a free bedding sample pack, telephone Penny or Debbie on 01473 823296.

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