Here is a list of some of the fruits and vegetables that guinea pigs particularly love and that give them the best nutritional benefits. Fruits are high in sugar so it's best to view them more as treats, and avoid any sudden major changes in diet until you know how your guinea pig's tummy reacts to things:
* Red Pepper (or green/yellow pepper. Red has the highest vitamin C concentration)
* Carrots - both the root and the green tops are perfectly safe for your guinea pig.
* Apples - just make sure they don't have any seeds.
* Leafy greens like red lettuce, romaine, or parsley (be sure to feed leafy vegetables in moderation to avoid diarrhea)
* Broccoli (in moderation since it can be gassy and cause a gas pain)
* Green beans
* Dandelion Greens
* strawberries (in moderation)
* oranges or clementines. A helpful way to feed these to your piggie if they're being picky is to scoop out some pulp from half an orange and leave some in it so they can lick it without needing to chew on it if they're not diggin' the texture.
* cherry tomatoes in moderation
* dandelion greens
Foods to NEVER feed your Guinea Pig, EVER!
what not to feed your guinea pig, no matter how good it may taste to you.
While guinea pigs do enjoy a variety of flavors and types of fruits and vegetables, there are some foods that you should never feed to your guinea pig. If there is an item that isn't on this list or the one above and you're not sure, it's best not to feed it to your piggie until you can get verification from a vet. The good foods list isn't comprehensive, so you may find some other online resources with more exhaustive lists.
The following is a list of food items to NEVER feed to your guinea pig.
* Iceberg lettuce
* Any type of cabbage
* Potato peelings
* Raw beans (this doesn't mean green beans. This means things like raw, hard kidney beans, split peas, pinto beans, etc.)
* Shelled nuts or seeds, particularly things like sunflower seeds or 'bird seed' type mixes.
* Meat or fish
* Dairy Products - while many stores will offer 'yogurt drops' and other 'treats', dairy is not healthy to feed your guinea pig and can actually cause problems. Feed natural treats like veggies instead of store brand treats. It's less expensive and your piggie will be much happier.
* Chocolate or other caffeine-containing products.
*you can feed a small piece of cereal like a cheerio from time to time as a treat, but they will likely not even like it, so it's best to just avoid this altogether!
* hamster food, gerbil food, rabbit food, or any other non-guinea pig food. Often these contain seeds, which are a big no-no, but they also have a different balance of vitamins and minerals which aren't suited for a guinea pig's dietary needs.
* corn kernels or popcorn
* sugary foods like donuts, candy, or soda
* Ice cream.
* Any processed or fried foods that you would eat, including potato chips/nachos or french fries.
* anything spicy. jalapeno peppers, anything with cinnamon, etc. Even with regular bell peppers (which guinea pigs LOVE), be sure to get rid of all of the seeds.
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