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Feeding Your Guinea Pig

Guinea pigs have special dietary requirements that need to be met in order for them to thrive. Their daily ration needs to have proper portions of pellets, fresh vegetables and fruits, and hay.

A guinea pig can do well with about 1/8 cup of commercial pellets given once a day. This diet should be supplemented with fresh fruits, vegetables, and hay.

Unlimited quantities of Timothy hay should be offered every day. Guinea pigs spend a good part of the day munching hay to keep their teeth from being overgrown and to promote digestion. Offer fruits and vegetables at least once a day (about a cup). The bulk should be composed of kale, spinach, parsley, and romaine lettuce. Carrots and zucchini can be given once or twice a week.

Since fruit is high in sugar, offer it as an occasional treat, at least once a day. And make sure to keep the portion size small, such as a thin slice of banana, a small size of apple, a wedge of orange, or some blueberries.

For more information about your pet’s dietary needs visit your Aurora, CO veterinarian.

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