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Harmful Products (Amy)

Post  Admin on Fri Mar 13, 2009 2:25 am

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Even though an item is marketed for guinea pigs, this does NOT mean they are actually suitable for a guinea pig to use. The following is a list of objects that should not be used for a guinea pig:

#1- The exercise ball- Guinea pigs have fairly ridged spines that cannot bend the way a hamster or ferret spine can. Because of this, exercise balls are extremely harmful and can cause severe spinal injury. Also, since guinea pigs have short appendages and are fragile, bones can break easily. Exercise balls should never be used!

#2- Large wheels- These present the same hazard as an exercise ball. Anything round causes the pig's spine to curve and since the spine is so ridged this is very harmful. These should not be used! A great alternative is giving your pig a daily allotment of floor time. Find a piggy-proof area and allow your pig to wander around. Make sure cords are no where around and that the space is free of areas a pig could get trapped in.

#3 Harnesses- In my opinion, this is a dumb idea for any small animal. Although they market harnesses for guinea pigs, hamsters and ferrets, I dont see much of a point to using one. For instance, using a harness on a hamster can crush its fragile lungs. Once again, since guinea pigs have stiff spines, a harness forces the spine in an unnatural position which can cause serious injury.

#4 Cat toys with jingle balls- Do not leave these in a cage for your little one. If they were to break, the bells could fall out and pose a severe choking hazard. If your piggy enjoys playing with something that jingles, look for small ferret tennis balls that have bells inside. The rubber from the tennis ball is thick so the bell cannot get out.

#5 Snack Shak toys- The main components in Snack shak tunnels are not suitable for guinea pigs. Snack Shaks contain honey, nuts, saw dust and many other nasty components. If your piggy has the urge to chew, try a wooden, untreated hidey house, untreated, wooden nibble sticks, or chewable blocks.

#6 Glass sipper tube bottles- Never buy a water bottle with a glass sipper tube for any small animal. If the animal would chew on the glass, it could break and cause various injuries such as wounds, eye problems or even choking.

#7 Hay Balls/Managers- Hay balls are dangerous because they can puncture a guinea pigs eye or even worse! Some owners have reported that their guinea pigs have gotten their heads stuck in the small openings. Hay managers are also dangerous. One owner has even reported that her guinea pig died after getting trapped in the manager. Please see: http://www.guinealynx.inf...ums/viewtopic.php?t=49758

#8 Plastic tubes- This should be obvious, but I will say it never the less. Do not use small plastic tubes similiar to hamster tubes even if they are marketed for guinea pigs. Most likely, they are far to small and a pig could get stuck. A better alternative is a Quaker oats container with a slit cut down the middle. If your piggy is too large for it, the slit will provide an easy way to remove the piggy. Also, large PVC pipe can be used.

#9 Any type of plastic cage liner- Plastic cage liners can be dangerous for the same reason a plastic bag is dangerous for a baby--possible suffocation.

#10 Fluffy Cotton-like material - This junk is often found inside a cardboard tube called a Chube. The Chube itself is safe to use but remove the fluffy material because it can pose a choking hazard.

#11 Guinea Pig Diapers- Yes, some one actually made diapers that are guinea pig sized. If you have any common sense, you know this is a silly idea and if you think it isnt then you shouldnt own a guinea pig!

#12 Salt Licks- There is absolutely no reason to have these. If your piggy gets a daily supply of fresh veggies then it is getting all the minerals it needs. Remember, Salt=High Cholestoral--even for piggies.

#13 Mixed food- Mixed food that contains nuts, seeds or colored peices shouldnt be used for guinea pigs as they are fatty and can be choking hazards. The best guinea pig foods are made by Oxbow and Kleenmama. Please note that Kleenmama can only be purchased over the internet: http://www.kmshayloft.com/pellets.html.

#14 Clothing- Although guinea pig costumes/clothing are marketed, do you really think your piggy cares if it has a pair of pants on or not? If you really feel the urge to put your piggy in something, make sure the fabric is loose and breathable. Also, dont not leave your piggy in its clothes unsupervised. Also, do not leave them in clothes for over 15 minutes.

#15 Pet Store Treats- Pet store treats are generally just filled with sugar and other unhealthy ingredients. The best treat to provide your pig is a fresh one! An occasional slice of apple, pear or a peice of baby carrot will be greatly appriciated by your piggy.

WRITTEN BY - Amy
SOURCE - Cavy Galore Forums
http://www.cavygalore.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=information&action=display&thread=6

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