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Allergic to shavings

midgetdesi

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Cavy Slave
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Hi I think I am allergic to th shavings, and so are my piggies. Everytime i chnage them, I get a stuffy nose and sneeze. My pigs sneeze too but only when I change it or they are running around int hem. Could it just be the dust? Has anyone else had this problem? I cant buy anything else since i am a poor college girl! HELP!
Desilu
 
If you're all sneezing then it could well be the bedding. If you want to put up with it, it's your choice, but guinea pigs are very sensitive to respiratory infections so please don't make them live in a dusty environment. They're much more likely to get sick, and vet bills cost a lot more than bedding.

Besides, good bedding doesn't have to cost a lot - you could just try changing suppliers for starters (I use shavings and they're really good quality - not at all dusty and don't make anyone sneeze) or use something like newspaper and hay. Have a look at this page for ideas https://guineapigcages.com/bedding.htm.

Here's some good information on allergies https://www.cavyspirit.com/allergies.htm.
 
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Cedar and pine can cause serious health problems. If it's pine, you can safely air it out, but don't use it if it smells strongly. It can have a very faint odor and be safe, but this should be next to nothing. If it smells stronger, it still has the disease-causing oils in it.
 
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