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lavender scented bedding

is lavender scented bedding bad for hamsters or any small pet? i've heard that the product could cause health problems like skin irritations, respirotory problems, and eye infections. is all of this true??
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Lavender oil can cause an irritant contact dermatitis and also eye irritation in humans, and in small animals living in the bedding, the contact is continuous. I have no personal experience with this bedding, but one other person has already written to the forum because all their small pets were having trouble with the lavender litter. If you try it, monitor your hamster closely for any skin irritation, scratching, sneezing, nasal or eye discharge. These scented products such as small pet bedding and cat litter are scented for our benefit, not our pets, and its a better choice to get unscented products and change them more frequently before any objectionable odor develops.
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