Guinea Pig Fruit and Vegetables
Fruit and Vegetables make up around 10% of your Guinea Pig (Cavy’s) overall diet. Feeding an excessive amount of Fruit and Vegetables can lead to a few problems which are best avoided. They range from :-
- Bloat (Gastric Stasis)
- Calcium Stones/Sludge (This only happens to a percentage of Guinea Pigs)
- Heart Problems
What You Need To Know
All Nutritional Information is based on averages.
Where your food is grown, freshness and variety all affects actual vitamin and mineral content. This means unless you have tests done on the Vegetables/Fruit yourself there is no accurate way of knowing what the actual nutrient content is present.
So treat the information on the chart as a guideline only
Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) begins to degrade in food from the minute it is picked, therefore the amount that your food indoors contains will be less then stated on the chart.
The food on this chart is designed to show you how different Vegetables & Fruit vary in the quantities of nutrients. For example Corn is Nutritionally is very poor and is not recommended for guinea pigs.
Due to the fact that all Fruit & Vegetables contain different amounts of water content this chart is based on 10 calories per item.
Vitamin & Mineral Codes
More intense colours represent a higher relative value. The less intense shows lower relative values.
High Sugar Content
The higher there sugar content in Guinea Pigs diet will contribute to obesity and can also affect the bacterial balance in there digestive tract. (This is why fruits are recommended as a treat rather then a part of there daily diet). Long Term complications of Excessive Sugar will lead to Diabetes.
Is a nutrient vital to good health. However if your Guinea Pig is one of many that suffers from Bladder Stones/Sludge your vet may advise you to reduce the calcium content in there diet.
Please click on the arrow to continue on to the Vegetable list and Chart