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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-22-2007, 06:27 PM Thread Starter
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Angry I was in Petsmart eariler...

...and my mom and I saw one of those SunSeed flower garden salad things for my goos. On the package it says "FOR RABBITS, GUINEA PIGS, CHINCHILLAS & DEGUS" The ingredients in it is Timothy Hay, Dehydrated Parsley Stems, Alfalfa Hay, Pine Cones, Calendula Marigolds, and Rose petals.

When I saw that I almost flipped. So people that don't do much research on degus and want to buy them a treat, saw that it said it's safe for degus, buys it, gives it to them, and then the poor little goo starts munching on a pine cone. The goo will get sick.

I already sent a letter to the company informing them but FAT CHANCE they'll do anything. As long as they're getting money from what they have already they won't care about the well being of the animals. It's possible that someone there would care, but I know big business will just write you off and keep on selling things not fit for the pets health.

Grr. I'm angry right now.


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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-22-2007, 08:51 PM
 
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Where did you read that about Degus and pine cones? I've never heard that would be bad for them.

I've always read that pine is safe for Degus - kiln dried pine shelving, or bedding. Is there something different about a pine cone that would make it not good?
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Kiln dried pine is safe for animals but not raw pine.


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post #4 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-22-2007, 09:59 PM
 
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Hmmm, that is interesting! I was told that Salad Bowl was totally safe for Degus!
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Unfortunatly alot of the stuff sold in pet stores is either harmful or have no nutritional value and people buy because they don't do research or the employees tell them it is okay or it is cheap.




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Yea, it'll all about the money. The best we could really do is raise public awareness or sneak into a TV station during the superbowl and let the whole world know.


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Yea, it'll all about the money. The best we could really do is raise public awareness or sneak into a TV station during the superbowl and let the whole world know.
Unfortunatly even with that,there are gonna be the few that don't care and still shop!
I know this,because I know a few people like that! There is a chic I know who "loves animals" and "hates pet stores with a passion"...yet she still shops at the worst pet store in the city!





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Pine cones aren't thought to be safe for degus due to a chemical in them although they are safe for chinchillas, in actual fact i had a discussion a year or so back with Chloe the lady who runs degutopia about it. The salad bowl we get by sunseed in the UK doesn't have pinecones in it although its not something i buy anyway as i make my own

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post #9 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-23-2007, 09:24 PM
 
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The good news is that there aren't very many pine cones in the bowl, so they are easy to pick out.

I'm glad to know, and will pick them out right away! I'm glad this came up!
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That angers me too, because I bought a degu 3 years ago from someone who had no clue what to feed them and he was already about 3 to 5 years old, had cataracts and his fur was very yucky looking. Its sad that they dont' do more research because this person (and this was a local petstore) could have helped that degu live a healthy life, now he gets the right stuff and is doing better but his cataracts will never go away, its not like it really bothers him but if he was fed right he would be perfectly fine. I totally agree with you its sad that everything revolves around money and not safety (even with human lives) people never stop surprising me. (in a bad way)


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That same thing happened with a Degu given to me too. It is heartbreaking!

I think a lot of people see them, think they're adorable (which they are), and just get them on an impulse. Then they don't stop to think that perhaps these animals have different needs from other "pocket pets".

You know, I think there is a general lack of care for ALL pocket pets. People seem to think since they're little, it doesn't matter if you don't take good care of them. They get a little hamster, stick it in a cage, and only handle it on cage cleaning day. I even know some vets who treat pocket pets as though they're less important than the larger pets.

But those people are missing out on a LOT!
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alot of store bought food for iguana's especially juvenile iguanas have animal protein in it which is thought to be bad for them.. however some still argue if it is or not. its hard to prove.
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alot of store bought food for iguana's especially juvenile iguanas have animal protein in it which is thought to be bad for them.. however some still argue if it is or not. its hard to prove.
Animal protein or made from little more than corn meal. The only nutritional value comes from what little vitamins they artificially add usually.

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post #14 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-17-2008, 02:10 PM
 
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Thumbs down Been there....

I was glad when someone at Petsmart had heard of Degus, when I told them I was looking at some different treats. Unfortunately they didn't know that much because they pulled out this chinchilla treat bag that had a bunch of fruits in it.....

I told them that while they were similar in many ways to chinchillas, the fruits would be very bad for them...
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