DIETARY FACT SHEET - Guinea Pigs
Guinea pigs are herbivores and eat only grasses, grain, vegetables and fruit.
For a balanced diet, guinea pigs need dry feed, hay, fresh fruit and vegetables and water.
Dry Feed: Peters guinea pig foods are specially formulated for all breeds of adult guinea pigs. The ingredients in our product range are carefully selected for their taste and texture, shape, size and colour, to provide variety and interest in your pet’s diet.
Hay: Hay is a source of long-strand fibre and is vital to the digestive health of pet guinea pigs. Regular consumption provides essential roughage for healthy gastrointestinal function and promotes healthy dentition by wearing down your pet’s constantly growing teeth.
Peters Pasture Hay is ideal for bedding; your guinea pig will enjoy burrowing into a generous nest of hay for warmth and comfort. Always ensure your pet’s bedding is clean and fresh by replacing it regularly.
Hay is a natural product and may contain grass seeds. Regularly examine your pet to ensure its skin and eyes remain free from grass seeds.
Fruit & Vegetables: Offer a variety of fresh vegetables and fruit each day. Guinea pigs are unable to produce vitamin C naturally so it is important to include some vitamin C rich foods in the daily diet. Most of the following foods are a source of vitamin C:-
Apples, banana peel, beans, beetroot, broccoli, brussels sprouts, carrots, cauliflower leaves, celery, corn (husks or silk), cucumber, green and red peppers, melons, oranges, parsley, parsnips, peas, pears, pumpkin, silver beet, spinach and turnips.
Too much lettuce and cabbage may cause diarrhoea so feed sparingly.
Ensure the fruit and vegetables are fresh and washed clean. Place the roughly chopped food in a heavy ceramic bowl that can’t be tipped over. Introduce new foods slowly and in small amounts to avoid stomach upsets. This will also help you to identify your pet’s favourites.
Do not feed rhubarb, radishes, potatoes or oxalis as these are toxic to guinea pigs. Do not feed any mouldy or spoiled food. A number of plants are also toxic so beware of feeding plants or shrubs from the garden.
Treats: Peters small animal treats will provide hours of contented nibbling activity when your guinea pig is confined to its enclosure. Ideal as a reward or training aid, Peters treats can be hung in the enclosure or mixed into the dry feed to add variety and interest to your pet’s diet.
Water: Ensure your guinea pig has plenty of fresh water. We recommend a gravity flow plastic bottle with a metal tube (sipper tube) as this keeps water clean. Replace daily.