Guinea pigs are herbivores, so their diet should be one based on high-quality guinea pig hay, pelleted guinea pig food and limited amounts of fresh vegetables and fresh fruit. An imbalance in nutrition can cause chronic diarrhea, obesity and diseases of the heart, liver or kidneys. Gradually introduce new foods to your guinea pig’s diet as abrupt or significant dietary changes can cause problems (such as diarrhea).
Feed your guinea pig on a consistent schedule, twice a day, morning and evening. Guinea pigs will overeat if given the chance, so, to prevent obesity, remove pelleted food that is left uneaten after one hour and discard fresh fruits or vegetables that are left uneaten after 24 hours. Never add new food, including hay, before cleaning out the old food. Fresh, filtered, chlorine-free water must be constantly available, especially during warmer weather, as guinea pigs are susceptible to heat stroke. Their water intake should be at least five ounces daily. Rinse your guinea pig’s water bottle out daily and clean with hot water and a bottle brush weekly.
Guinea pigs, like rabbits, are true herbivores, although the physiology and function of their gastrointestinal system is not as well understood as the rabbit. Guinea pigs develop food preferences early in life and do not take to changes in food types, appearances, or presentation easily. Sudden changes can result in a refusal to eat. Any modifications to the diet should be made gradually. The most critical aspect of the diet of guinea pigs is their requirement for vitamin C. Apart from that, the key to a healthy diet in a guinea pig is unlimited amounts of hay.
Meadow Hay (98%) Dandelion (0.5%), Camomile (0.5%), Nettle (0.5%), Mallow flowers (0.5%) Excel Feeding Hay with Hedgerow Herbs is a natural field-grown product produced in the countryside. As such although all possible precautions are taken it is possible for extraneous matter items from the field to find their way into the product without detection
Features of Guinea Pig Food
Hay: Hay is a vital part of your pet’s diet. Guinea pigs require this kind of fiber for proper digestion; therefore, it must be available at all times. Chewing on hay also helps to wear down your guinea pig’s teeth, which grow continuously. Make sure you purchase fresh, high-quality, clean hay that is dry, sweet-smelling and free of mold. A high-quality meadow hay such as Timothy hay is a great choice.
Pellets: Commercial guinea pig food is specially formulated to provide balanced nutrition with the ideal dosage of Vitamin C and other essential nutrients. Choose pelleted food that has been veterinarian-tested and approved and follow the feeding instructions on the packaging as a guide.
Vegetables: Guinea pigs can have up to one cup of vegetables each day. New vegetables should be introduced to your pet one at a time. Fresh, organically grown greens are the best option. Vegetables that your pet guinea pig can eat include:
- Romaine lettuce (never iceberg lettuce)
- Carrots and carrot tops
- Broccoli spears
- Tomatoes (not the stems or leaves)
- Green and red bell peppers
- Other dark green veggies
Uses/benefits of Guinea Pig Food
Excel Feeding Hay with Hedgerow Herbs is suitable for your rabbits, guinea pigs and chinchillas. Feed your pets a minimum of their body size in feeding hay every day alongside Burgess Excel Nuggets, fresh greens and fresh, clean water.
100% natural ingredients
High in Beneficial Fibre (60%)*
High in Crude Fibre (31%)
Dust extracted for respiratory health*
Great to prevent boredom and promotes your small animals’ natural foraging behavioure
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