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    Are pine wood shavings safe for guinea pigs?

    I usually purchase my guinea pigs' bedding & hay at a small pet store (can't remember the name right now). However, since I'm currently sick & with that pet store being at least 40 minutes away, I resorted to going to a nearby PetSmart instead & bought some pine wood shavings. I'm wondering if this sort of bedding is safe for my guinea pigs? I've done a bit of research & some sources say yes while others say no but I'm not sure.

    Thanks for the help!!

    (Also, the brand is Grreat Choice.)

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    Re: Are pine wood shavings safe for guinea pigs?

    It depends. You don't want anything that smells strongly of pine. So if the shavings have been kiln-dried, they're probably ok.

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    Re: Are pine wood shavings safe for guinea pigs?

    Pine shavings are safe if you mix it up and let it sit for a day or 2. It’s smell won’t be as strong. The longer it sits, the better. Be wary. Carefresh is a good brand.( it’s made of recycled paper.)

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    Re: Are pine wood shavings safe for guinea pigs?

    I would not by pine often. Only when you need to.(:

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    Re: Are pine wood shavings safe for guinea pigs?

    @mcbean2006, that's not totally true of pine shavings. Pine shavings that are not kiln dried are not safe for pigs, and it takes months for the oils to dissipate. You should never use plain pine shavings that haven't been kiln dried.

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    Re: Are pine wood shavings safe for guinea pigs?

    Oh, thank you bpatters! Good to know(:

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    Re: Are pine wood shavings safe for guinea pigs?

    Quote Originally Posted by thequeenofpigs View Post
    bought some pine wood shavings. I'm wondering if this sort of bedding is safe for my guinea pigs?
    I'm not a fan of pine shavings, but not for the reasons that have been discussed. It seems to be an issue only if one has male cavies......and I've seen it happen on several occasions and in different environments. For some reason, boars tend to get the shavings stuck in the penile sheath and then can't retract the penis.

    I once went into Petco to buy litter and spotted a surrendered cavy in a small cage near the checkout counters. I asked if I could please hold him and upon his being handed to me, I spotted the extruded penis that wouldn't retract. I asked for some q-tips and proceeded to clean his penis right then and there. They still remember me at that store!

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