Guinea Pig's Diet


Dental and digestive disorders are common in Guinea Pigs and a poor diet is almost always to blame. Guinea Pigs need to eat a large amount of fibre. The best sources of fibre are grass and good quality fresh hay. Hay should be placed in a hayrack to prevent it from being trodden on and soiled. Guinea Pigs fed on commercial mixtures tend to selectively feed and hence do not receive a balanced diet. For this reason we recommend all-in-one pellets which are rich in fibre and vitamin C e.g. Supreme Selective Guinea Pig or Burgess Supa Guinea Pig. Guinea Pigs need a diet rich in vitamin C as unlike rabbits, they cannot make it themselves. These pellets should be used only as a complementary diet and not the sole food source.Your guinea pig should be weighed regularly and you should use the feeding guide on the food bag. Guinea Pigs love weeds such as dandelion, groundsel, chickweed and clover. Apples, tomatoes, carrots, celery, cucumber and greens can also be on the menu and provide another good source of vitamin C. It is wise to avoid commercially prepared treats, as these are often high in sugars and fat, so try branches from apple and willow trees as a healthy treat and a great source of fibre! All these extras should only be given in small amounts. These are likely to be more tasty than hay and grass but it's important the Guinea Pig is still hungry enough to eat their hay and grass. Like all animals they need fresh water each day.

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