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Potentially Dangerous Cage Accessories And Toys

MimiCreamie18

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Not sure if this is the correct place to post the thread, but I wanted to make people aware of the danger of the Gnaw play block from Pets at Home! (UK)

I have four beautiful piggies but tonight it almost became three. Saturday (Yesterday) I bought two large gnaw blocks, I filled the blocks with their favourite treats and hay. This was what was suggested on the Label as well as the label stating it is suitable for rabbits and guinea pigs and promotes natural behaviour!

So I bought two! But I bought them from the shop, so naturally I didn’t check the online reviews... which has so many awful reviews on the danger of this block. My baby Gaz, got his head stuck so tightly that It took bolt cutters to break the block to get him out! My first thought was to take him to the Vet but in all honestly I didn’t think we had time. I feel as guilty as anything as I checked on them this morning and they were fine and then I was out and checked on them as soon as I got back... I am so thankful I got to him when I did. Sadly he is not out of the woods and I can only hope he is okay in the morning.

I’m so upset, he is sitting on my lap now on a towel and seems okay!

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Please do not buy this product! I will be writing a strongly worded letter to Pets at Home first thing tomorrow!
Poor thing! I hope he is ok :-(
 

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I must add that the dried corn on the cobbs have become stuck on my guinea pigs 2 bottom teeth before, It happened to my Jerry years ago so I never bought them again and we recieved some as Christmas presents so I put them in the cages when I was supervising the guineas and a piece of corn became stuck ony francis's bottom teeth too so please be aware of this happening if your unsure of what I mean I will upload a picture of them so please be aware of this View attachment 41723
Oh dear, I just bought some for my piggies - I haven't given it to them yet, but is it OK as a treat? (I can't take it back) :(
 

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Oh dear, I just bought some for my piggies - I haven't given it to them yet, but is it OK as a treat? (I can't take it back) :(
I have made the same experience that they get stuck very easily on piggy teeth. Generally they are a waste of money and were mostly ignored by any piggies of mine in the olden days. Sweetcorn is also high in sugar; it is the equivalent of a bar of chocolate.

Herbal forage is a much better, interesting and healthier treat if you want to treat. However, turning regular feeding time into fun time and making your piggies work for their food is a lot cheaper, more entertaining and definitely more stimulating for your piggies!
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