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    Do GPs enjoy a dry dust bath?

    so Petsmart has their own generic brand, called All Living Things up here. I am in love with their Grooming Wipes, and Cage Cleaner Spray. Just now, their website is featuring Blue Cloud Dust:

    Chinchilla Dust from the Blue Cloud Mine in California. Very fine grain dust, contains no glass or sand. Proven to be the preferred dust of Chinchilla breeders since the 1940's. The 3 lb container includes a handy scoop, can be used for Chinchillas, Gerbils, Hamsters, and other pets who enjoy a dry dust bath."


    Hence, the Q: "Do GPs enjoy a dry dust bath?"

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    Re: Do GPs enjoy a dry dust bath?

    I think the dust would be bad for them. Even dusty paper bedding makes my girls sneeze. They have sensitive respiratory systems.

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    Re: Do GPs enjoy a dry dust bath?

    No, dust baths are not for guinea pigs. They wouldn't know what to do with it, in the first place, and it would likely irritate their respiratory tract, in the second.

    Were you wanting to solve some problem with them by giving them a dust bath?

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    Re: Do GPs enjoy a dry dust bath?

    Not a good idea.

    The purpose of a dust bath is to dry the skin and fur by pulling oils out of chinchilla fur that otherwise stays trapped because of the density of their coat. Guinea pigs can't roll the way a chinchilla can to get their fur saturated with dust, nor does a pig have any natural desire or inclination to do so.

    It would also be very drying and irritating to their skin.

    Basically I picture the poor pig being doused with dust and not understanding why, so, no, I'd not do it.

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    Re: Do GPs enjoy a dry dust bath?

    Quote Originally Posted by Paula View Post
    Basically I picture the poor pig being doused with dust and not understanding why, so, no, I'd not do it.
    Lol I don't know why picturing this made me laugh. I just imagine my piggy sitting in dust with a "why me?!" look on her face.
    I understand that chinchillas need it for the oils in their skin but I just can't imagine rolling in dust as being fun. Just the thought of it makes me want to reach for my inhaler :P

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    Re: Do GPs enjoy a dry dust bath?

    I had the same visualization as @allisonj30 when I read your comment @Paula I just wiped my boys down when they were looking a little dingy as bathing them kind of scares me.

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    Re: Do GPs enjoy a dry dust bath?

    The only animals that can have a dust bath are chinchillas and gerbils

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    Re: Do GPs enjoy a dry dust bath?

    Quote Originally Posted by allisonj30 View Post
    I understand that chinchillas need it for the oils in their skin but I just can't imagine rolling in dust as being fun. Just the thought of it makes me want to reach for my inhaler :P
    There are very few things as heartwarming as watching a chinnie take a dust bath. They enjoy it more than just about anything you can imagine.

    Quote Originally Posted by Svenandolaf View Post
    The only animals that can have a dust bath are chinchillas and gerbils
    No, this isn't accurate. Degus and chickens also enjoy dust baths, to name a couple, and really, any animal CAN have a dust bath, but there are only a few who need/enjoy one.

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    Re: Do GPs enjoy a dry dust bath?

    Quote Originally Posted by Paula View Post
    There are very few things as heartwarming as watching a chinnie take a dust bath. They enjoy it more than just about anything you can imagine.
    Thats cute maybe I'll have to watch a chinchilla dust bath video on YouTube later.

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    Re: Do GPs enjoy a dry dust bath?

    Quote Originally Posted by bpatters View Post
    No, dust baths are not for guinea pigs. They wouldn't know what to do with it, in the first place, and it would likely irritate their respiratory tract, in the second.

    Were you wanting to solve some problem with them by giving them a dust bath?
    No, just happened to see it while browsing Petsmart's "All Living Things" line online, thank you for asking.

    I have softened water and a small square sink in my bathroom, I use a shallow warm wade in the sink with a facecloth, gently soaking them all over, (faces last, avoid ears), talking quietly the whole time. They relax, and the BEST part isn't cleaning their smelly bits, it's the bonding afterwards, when, instead of using a hairdryer at all, I towel-dry in my lap, taking care to keep them covered and avoiding drafts. It takes about two hours to be SURE they are dry, and at least a dozen towels! Not the fastest method, but I love it, and judging by their contented whee-ee-ee-eek-ing, so do they.

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    Re: Do GPs enjoy a dry dust bath?

    found a chinchilla dust bath video, it made me want to reach for my eye drops!

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    Re: Do GPs enjoy a dry dust bath?

    Ha, ha, ha. I don't think I'd be taking them out for lap time after that!

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