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Is pine bedding bad for gerbils

i need to know if pine bedding is bad for gerbils because my mom bought me some pine bedding and i dont know if its realy bad or what?

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Yes, both pine and cedar beddings can harm your gerbil. Most experts consider aspen shavings to be one of the best choices for gerbils. Find more details here http://www.ehow.com/how_2249708_make-comfortable-gerbil-home.html.

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The same goes for hamsters.
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any kind of wood shavings are bad for small rodents. the scent of the wood is toxic, and will give them respitory issues. I suggest using shredded paper (not newspaper-the ink rubs off onto their bodies and paws and also is harmful), corn cob pieces, or the gray fluff which is just paper and fibers.

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The suggestion that the aromatic hydrocarbons (also call "aromatic oils") in pine are "toxic" has largely been disproven. In their pure, distilled form, the naturally occurring phenols in pine can be caustic. But the very small amounts that are found in kiln dried shavings (the heat treated drying process reduces the concentration) are not harmful to small animals, including gerbils. Testimony to this is the fact that the American Veterinary medical Association (AVMA) withdrew the recommendation against pine bedding in their brochure “What You Should Know About Selecting a Pet Rodent”.

A good analogy to consider is the ingredients that are found in some mouthwashes, such as menthol, ethanol and eucalyptol. In their pure form, each of these are toxic substances, but when diluted, they make perfectly safe ingredients for mouthwash.

Here's a link with some good information comparing various beddings:
http://www.awf.com/american_wood_fibers_pine_test_data.htm

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