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By the way, I gave Pets at Home a call too and they informed me that their shavings are made from "softwood including pine".
Wood shavings have long been a topic of hot debate among pet owners, breeders, veterinarians and pet shop owners alike as some people like them and others think they are terrible. I personally believe that no pet should be housed on them for many reasons. Cedar shavings are dangerous to the health of your pet, fact. These shavings emit aromatic hydrocarbons or phenols; these are the chemicals that make them smell ‘woody’. These chemicals have proven in laboratory tests to damage the lungs, causing respiratory problems. More worryingly they have also been shown to damage the liver. Due to the short life of our small pets, the damage to the liver may not show any noticeable effects but due the liver’s use in metabolising anaesthetics, any damage it may have can increase the potential risks of any operation your pet may need. Pine shavings emit similar compounds but not a great deal of research has been made as to their side effects. The similarity to cedar, in my mind would be reason enough to avoid this also.
Exodust wood shavings last approximately 3 months in dry conditions. When it rains, the oils are released (which is not a bad thing). Cedar oil is good for soil because it is high in carbon content and promotes good microbial activity in the soil. Wetting or rain also reactivates the aromatic qualities. Exodust Cedar wood shavings used in pet beds (not as “bedding” for small, caged pets) will last 2-3 months and can be refreshed by occasionally adding more.
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Although pine and cedar shavings are traditional bedding products for smallpets, they contain toxic chemicals that can cause liver disease and should notbe used around animals. You should also avoid any pellets made from pine orcedar wood. Other litters that shouldn't be used for small animals include clayand sand cat litters. Corn cob litter has been known to get caught in littlethroats if eaten, and can produce acetic acid and sulfur dioxide, which canirritate the respiratory tract. There are plenty of safe alternatives that areeffective, non-toxic, and safe if eaten. Exodust Cedar Wood Shavings can safely be used indoors and outdoors where pets live and play. Animals can be present during application and there is no wait time for re-entry into the treated area.But does any of the above really affect us and our pets? I don't believe so, there are many factors which affectHME and therefore barbiturate sleeptime (2,3,4,). A study also found increased ammonia levels alter sleeptime and thatlowering the room temperature lengthens sleeptime (3). The same study also showed that two different strains of micestudied had significantly different sleeptimes. Also consider this quote "No alteration in the hexobarbital concentration in thebrain at the time of restoration of the righting response occurred on any of the softwood beddings tested." (1)."While sleeptimes are decreasing and the microsomal enzyme activity is increasing, the amounts of hexobarbital in the brainon awakening remain unaltered in mice put on softwood bedding; thus, the responsiveness of the receptor sites seemsunaffected by softwood bedding." (1). I have not been able to find any scientific references or entries in veterinary bookswarning of a danger in regard to surgery when animals are exposed to softwood shavings. If altered barbiturate sleeptimesdue to softwood exposure were critical during surgery I would think there would be a warning about it.Safely use Exodust around children and pets as a natural, aromatic cedar insect repellent. It’s 100% biodegradable, non toxic, and offers superior performance compared to other cedar wood shavings and cedar wood granules.