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Guinea Pigs Scratching And Biting Because Of Washing Powder?

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Hello.

Is there any chance that my guinea pigs scratch and bite themselves because the washing powder that I use for their fleece blankets doesn't suit them?
I've since changed it. I used a liquid powder Blink Color Waschmittel Ultra-Sensitiv and now I switched to the powder one. The one I used before was without perfume and everything and I never used fabric softener.
And my guinea pigs have been treated for mites.

I really would appreciate your help since also my vet doesn't know what's wrong with them.
 

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The weird thing is that both my piggies are doing this and also sometimes coughing.
I'll look up this person, thank you.
The washing powder is not BIO, but it is for little children and it says that it's without perfume and artificial coloring. Can you tell me why it's important that it's non bio? Thank you very much
 

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Bio has active ingredients that can cause irritation that non bio doesn’t.

Perhaps change washing powder brand and see how they get on
Thank you for your answers. I'll do that and hopefully it'll be better! :luv:
 

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Yes, biological washing powders etc contain enzymes to break down common stains which people with sensitive skin (and animals) can be sensitive to.
I always use non-bio for my family including pigs, because we have had itching with bio powders in the past.
 

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Yes, biological washing powders etc contain enzymes to break down common stains which people with sensitive skin (and animals) can be sensitive to.
I always use non-bio for my family including pigs, because we have had itching with bio powders in the past.
Does it say non-bio on the washing powder you use? Can you give me any tip to what I should be searching for? Like a brand?
 

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The main brands in the UK all do a non-biological version of their various washing powders/liquids etc, as do the big supermarkets with their own-brand stuff, and it says clearly on the front of the packaging that it is 'non-bio' or 'non-biological'. I imagine that it is the same elsewhere, if you're not in the UK, but the term used may of course be different.
 

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The main brands in the UK all do a non-biological version of their various washing powders/liquids etc, as do the big supermarkets with their own-brand stuff, and it says clearly on the front of the packaging that it is 'non-bio' or 'non-biological'. I imagine that it is the same elsewhere, if you're not in the UK, but the term used may of course be different.
Thank you very much, I'll search for that :luv:
 

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Rosie is allergic to most detergent brands - his skin gets irritated, he sneezes and his eyes get all watery. We treated for mites, fungus and URI until we figured out the reason behind this...

However, I don't think it's very likely that both piggies are allergic. Have the pigs been checked for fungal infections and/or parasites to rule them out? According to my vet, allergy is a diagnosis of exclusion.
 

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Rosie is allergic to most detergent brands - his skin gets irritated, he sneezes and his eyes get all watery. We treated for mites, fungus and URI until we figured out the reason behind this...

However, I don't think it's very likely that both piggies are allergic. Have the pigs been checked for fungal infections and/or parasites to rule them out? According to my vet, allergy is a diagnosis of exclusion.
I'm sorry for your Rosie, I hope she's better now. What detergent brands do you use now?

They've been treated for mites and scratching but it didn't seem to work. I've just read that it can also be from the hay they eat and the dust. Since there's a lot of dust and people are allergic to it and have dry skin it could also be that. A few people on this forum suggested that the issue can be fixed by wetting the hay first and letting it dry or just kicking the hay to a wall or in a box so that the dust dissapears. I'm not sure which one is better.
I'm going to also try the non-bio washing powder to see if it'll help.

If I do all that how long do you think it could take for the results to show?
 

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A member on here @Beans&Toast I think had a piggy that was allergic to a specific brand of washing powder.

Is the washing powder you are using bio or none bio as piggy washing should be washed in non bio
Thanks Claire! I've just posted a question to @sport_billy on another thread about this! I'll get some non bio for piggy stuff now I know.
 

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If I do all that how long do you think it could take for the results to show?
I would start by changing the wash powder first - once all your washable items have been washed and thoroughly rinsed a couple of times to get rid of any lingering enzymes etc that might cause irritation, see if they stop scratching excessively. If that doesn't help after all, then try the other things.
I was once advised to try changing my pigs' bedding to paper-based, and rinsing their eating hay, because one of mine had a URI that wouldn't go away so the vet thought it might be actually an allergy. But that didn't help, it just turned out he needed a different antibiotic.
 

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I'm sorry for your Rosie, I hope she's better now. What detergent brands do you use now?
Rosie (he's a he, long story :xd:) is now doing great, thank you!

I'm not sure how my experience could help, as I'm not in the UK. I'm using Persil Baby Sensitive, which is an unscented, non-bio washing powder. I'm pretty sure there's a similar/comparable Henkel product on the UK market. It's a trial and error
 

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I would start by changing the wash powder first - once all your washable items have been washed and thoroughly rinsed a couple of times to get rid of any lingering enzymes etc that might cause irritation, see if they stop scratching excessively. If that doesn't help after all, then try the other things.
I was once advised to try changing my pigs' bedding to paper-based, and rinsing their eating hay, because one of mine had a URI that wouldn't go away so the vet thought it might be actually an allergy. But that didn't help, it just turned out he needed a different antibiotic.
Can you tell me how you rinse the hay? Do you put it in a plastic box and put water into it and rinse it? Or do you just give them the wet hay?
Thank you very much for your help again!
 

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Rosie (he's a he, long story :xd:) is now doing great, thank you!

I'm not sure how my experience could help, as I'm not in the UK. I'm using Persil Baby Sensitive, which is an unscented, non-bio washing powder. I'm pretty sure there's a similar/comparable Henkel product on the UK market. It's a trial and error
Great name, Rosie :D
Thank you very much, you helped a lot. I'll try to look for that. If that's not avaliable I'll search for other non-bio washing powders. Hope it'll help :D
 

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Rosie (he's a he, long story :xd:) is now doing great, thank you!

I'm not sure how my experience could help, as I'm not in the UK. I'm using Persil Baby Sensitive, which is an unscented, non-bio washing powder. I'm pretty sure there's a similar/comparable Henkel product on the UK market. It's a trial and error
https://www.goisco.com/pub/media/catalog/product/cache/c687aa7517cf01e65c009f6943c2b1e9/4/0/4084500920057-1.jpg

This is what I bought. There wasn't any non-bio washing powder so I hope this will be similar to the one you have. Is this ok?
 

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Looks perfectly decent to me! One can't predict what could be potentially irritating, but usually, baby products have gentle formulas.
 
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