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German Shepherd Dog > Pine shavings VS Cedar shavings in the kennel (16 replies)

by vomtreuenhaus on 21 February 2012 - 21:02

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Hey all, quick question..

I currently use pine shavings in my kennel, i love it.

I'm looking to try something new for my travel crates, I have rubber matting in the crates but wanted to add some shavings to keep the smell fresh and add some absorbtion in the event of puppy car sickness, or pee, etc. Has anyone used cedar shavings, any pros/cons? Is it toxic to dogs the way it is to other animals?

Reason I dont want to use pine is the obvious, dont want them to associate the pine shavings with "oh does this mean i CAN go potty in here?" (as its used for the kennels that they can go potty in) Or do you think it would even matter?

Any info would be great!

by BMartin on 21 February 2012 - 22:02

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I use strictly cedar shavings.  Natures bug repellant and it smells good ;)  I think your potty theory holds merit.  I havent noticed any adverse affects on the dogs BTW.

by joanro on 21 February 2012 - 22:02

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My experience with cedar shavings is that they are not absorbent but if you only want it for yourself, they do smell wonderful. However, if planning tracking with dogs or puppies, I don't like to have them in an environment that has things with overwhelming odors like cedar or bleach because you just don't know the lasting effects on a dog's olfactory,either long or short term. Also, I've heard that cedar lightens eye rims(eye lids).

by Jordan Riley on 21 February 2012 - 22:02

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I think Cedar is the best but Has To Be Changed on a Regular Basis, Its seems to Obsorb for me, All of my dogs are on Cedar, Nothing better!

by gagsd4 on 21 February 2012 - 22:02

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Something to keep in mind.... some dogs and people are allergic to cedar.

by djc on 21 February 2012 - 23:02

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I use a mix. It is absolutely true that Cedar does not absorb any where near as well as pine. I use about 3/4 pine and 1/4 cedar. It works to keep the bugs out and adsorbs well. As far as in the crates while you are traveling... tried that but it gets all over the vehicle no matter how little you use!! I still use newspaper for puppies in the vehicle and bring plenty to clean up and replace with. Newspaper might also detour them from thinking you want them to go there, since they are used to going on it? Just a thought.

by CMills on 21 February 2012 - 23:02

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I also use newspapers for the travel crates, easy to change out in case of an accident, doesn't get everywhere in the vehicle, and is very absorbent/clean.

by GSDguy08 on 22 February 2012 - 00:02

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gagsd4  exactly....  My puppies were allergic to Cedar when I tried using it on the previous litter, and so was I.  Not only did they itch and get red when I started using it for sebborehic dermatitis (kind of like eczema but limited to your face/head) went crazy and I also couldn't breathe around that stuff.    I've heard of other dogs having breathing problems with Cedar as well.  

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