Proper Nutrition in Guinea Pigs

Do you have a Guinea pig? These adorable little furballs are very popular pocket pets, and have charmed their way into millions of hearts. Just like any other animal, Guinea pigs, or cavies, need a proper diet in order to stay healthy. Below, your Walnut veterinarian discusses proper nutrition in Guinea pigs.

Hay

Grass hay is very important to your cavy’s digestion and dental health. Make sure to provide your tiny furball with plenty of fresh hay. Timothy hay or meadow grass are good options. Guinea pigs are sloppy eaters, so feed the hay from a rack to keep it from becoming soiled.

Pellets

Commercial pellets can form the basis for your furry friend’s diet. Look for a brand that is free of corn and seeds. Formulas enriched with Vitamin C can be beneficial, as Vitamin C is very important to your cavy’s health and must be included in the little one’s diet. Ask your vet for specific recommendations!

Veggies

Guinea pigs need some variety in addition to their hay and pellets. Dandelion leaves, chickweed, Romaine lettuce, carrots, green or yellow peppers, zucchini, and celery leaves are all safe options. Some veggies should only be given on occasion. Pumpkin, cabbage, lettuce, and cucumbers are a few veggies cavies can have a few times a week. Swiss chard, collard greens, mustard greens, radishes, and spinach are all safe to feed every few days, but are not suitable for daily consumption.

Fruits

Cavies absolutely love fruit! You can feed your tiny furball apples, bananas, pineapples, melons, pears, peaches, plums, mandarins, and oranges about twice weekly. Be sure to remove thick peels or skins, as well as any seeds or pips. Cavies also love berries. Blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and strawberries are all safe in small amounts, but can only be given a few times weekly.

Herbs

As with fruits and veggies, each herb is a bit different, and some are only safe in tiny amounts. Cilantro is suitable for regular feeding. Thyme and parsley are safe if given in small portions. Oregano, peppermint, and spearmint can only be fed as a rare, special treat.

Always research new foods carefully before feeding them to your cavy. Add new foods slowly, and introduce only one new thing at a time.

Do you have questions about your cavy’s health? Call us! As your Walnut veterinarian clinic, we are happy to help.

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