We tried one bag of Sherwood pellets in order to get away from the soy, wheat and sugar of the Oxbow. Our 4 yr old boar died from kidney stones 3 months after that bag was finished.
I haven't taken the time to add up the calcium amounts, but wondering if it's generally equal levels of calcium between a diet of Oxbow, romaine and red leaf lettuces, peppers, all timothy hay..... or a diet of red or green leaf only lettuce, peppers, orchard grass and some timothy hay with Sherwood pellets. (orchard has less calcium, red and green leaf have less calcium than romaine)
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I just read about these pellets today and am wondering if they could help my 1 yr old boar who has had extremely gritty pee for the past few months. He has occasional blood in his pee for which the vets can find no cause, I’m wondering if it’s irritation from the grit. I’m willing to try just about anything that will get him to drink more and flush his bladder.
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I noticed on Sherwood’s website that my previous vet in Seattle is endorsing and even sells the products. I ordered a sample and plan to take it to my vet here in NC to see what she thinks as well (while we’re getting one last X-ray for stones).
According to the website this is the negative ions they use:
Too much of a positively charged ion can lead to sludge. Sherwood balances this too.
According to the website this is the positive ions they use:
Yes this is more but there is an equal amount of each quantity-wise.
Because of these ions Sherwood pellets can keep your guinea pig from having a major building of sludge and stone and some pigs even have a lack of calcium completely in their urine and bladder. If you become a part of the Sherwood forum, they have a 'Sherwood University' part of the program which thoroughly explains how the pellets work (even more than the actual Sherwood Shop).
They do not recommend adding any other Alfalfa to your pigs diet because the pellets have the perfect balance to cancel the amount of alfalfa in it, adding more alfalfa throws off this balance and leads to more calcium problems
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Sherwood may have good pellets, they may not. But they're not magic, and they're not independently researched. And it will take a lot more anecdotal evidence (which is about all anyone has at this point) over a much longer period of time to be able to draw any definitely conclusions about them.
I'm literally just explaining information from their site and that's it. I never said they were perfect, I explained how their pellets work. Other brands may have these ingredients, but they do not claim to have them BALANCED which is the key point to Sherwood pellets. From what I understand Sherwoods research is based on basic Chemistry so I'm sure there is research even if it's not directly pointed towards guinea pigs. Again Ion stability is taught in basic chemistry so yes there is evidence to back this up. Is there a lot of evidence out there? Maybe. Is that what I was trying to explain at all? No. I was merely explaining how the pellets supposedly work.
I was just saying that so far they seem to be positive and I as well as many other piggy parents are willing to try it. Oxbow is a great brand, but it doesn't work for me and a few others.
I'm going to talk about Sherwood pellets on a Sherwood based thread. Just like if this was a thread about Oxbow pellets I'd be happy to talk about how wonderful Oxbow pellets can be, but this is, again, a thread about SHERWOOD pellets. I'm just trying to be helpful to those who haven't read the full extent of the information they have released
My pigs have always done well on KMS so I thought why am I changing. I feel confident in the quality of KMS pellets.
I was also a little concerned about how this brand seemed to pop up overnight. The pellets may be really great, but as others have said until there is more evidence, I think I'll stick to what has worked for me.
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It did take time to switch some of the pigs onto them.
I really love their recovery food for syringe feeding to some of my seniors and having on hand for emergencies.
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I've found no scientific evidence to support any of those claims, especially when all studies I've ever seen over the years point to the opposite. That, 1) increased calcium can be problematic for guinea pigs in general and particularly those who are predisposed to stone formation; 2) there is no reliable way to reduce urinary pH sufficiently or consistently to prevent calcium carbonate stones; 3) there is no known way to dissolve calcium carbonate stones once they have already formed.
Feeding soy- and grain-free pellets may well have some advantages where digestive issues are concerned, and it's fine if you think their pellets are helping your animals in some way, but I question how reliable the "science" behind it might be when Sherwood's other claims are questionable at best. That's my issue with the company.