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Is it true that aloe vera gel makes guinea pigs itch?

  • Posted on February 11, 2013 at 4:02 am

Is it true that aloe vera gel makes guinea pigs itch?
I just heard this online, which really sucks because sometimes I use aloe vera gel to cool down my guinea pigs feet when they look really red.
I’m using a C&C cage, no wire bottom. I used to use Carefresh, I use aspen now. It didn’t matter which one they were using, their feet were red either way.

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Answer by Whitney
Don’t take this the wrong way, but what kind of cage are you using? If it’s got a wire bottom, this is what is causing your pigs feet to be red. Aloe Vera will not help it. Guinea pigs have sensitive feet, so I can’t imagine what else would make their feet red. The fact this is happening makes me think something more serious going on, because this is not normal. What kind of bedding are you using otherwise, if they are not on a wire bottom?

EDIT: Hm, that’s really strange. I just asked because maybe if they had an allergic reaction of some kind to the bedding. I know Carefesh can be irritationg and dry out piggies feet, since it’s made of paper. Since you said they are usually red, don’t worry about it. But if you are concernd, the best thing to do is to take a trip to the vet, and get it checked out, so you at least know it’s not an infection of some kind causeing this.

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