Adrienne Carlson recently common with me a link to her write-up "25 typical Foods That deserve to Be toxic For your Pet." The write-up is mostly geared come dogs and also cats (and ns encourage you come share the link with your pet-owning friends) yet there's a lot of on this perform that applies to guinea pigs together well.

The adhering to foods room poisonous to guinea pigs:

potato sprouts, potato peelings, and anything to execute with a potato tree beans and also anything to carry out with a p plant noþeles to execute with a tomato plant (the tomato itself is okay) anything to perform with rhubarb dill (watch out for prepackaged "salad & herb" kits) flower or any component of a flowering plant houseplants unidentified weeds any kind of foods the were formerly frozen fruit cores, pits, and seeds

For a prolonged list of plants that space poisonous to guinea pigs, inspect out Karen Bawoll's book, "A brand-new Owner's overview to Guinea Pigs." The ASPCA likewise has an all-species list of 17 usual poisonous plants. 

I do want to allude out 2 items ~ above Adrienne's list that are actually okay for guinea pigs in limited quantities and fed only occasionally: broccoli and also (seedless) grapes.

As a final aside, if friend or who you understand own dogs, cats, or horses, the ASPCA additionally has a database of toxicity plants aligned to those species. It's definitely one more link to pass along. 

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Hey there Ruth:

Well, that's an excellent to know. Reportedly the Brits understand something for particular that American resources can't involved an covenant on. I have two treatment guides, which cite veterinarian evaluate as component of their process, the categorically i have dissolved dill together a dietary option for guinea pigs.

But it has been my observation in recent months that the Brits have actually a great ten year on us Yanks in terms of structure a body of clinical knowledge around these tiny guys.

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Actually, dill is a for sure herb to feeding to guinea pigs. There are various reliable sources which state this including:

Also, by personal experience my boys reap dill every other night and have done for years without any kind of ill effects.


Having a pet bounds because that a responsibility for the owner. We need to know the do's and also dont's and also observing their habits too. This write-up is very informative because that the pets owners.I have bunnies at home. Ns feed lock in your rabbit hutches or cages. And also trained them wherein to poop. Being a pet owner means being hosted responsible because that the pet you own.

I'm leery around supporting the insurance claim that dill is okay in any amount since I have actually two books on my shelf that say dill is toxic/poisonous to guinea pigs. These resources are enough to make me question any claim to the contrary, therefore I document it under "better to be safe than sorry"!

On the beans front, I understand some folks that feed occasional green beans. Because beans can reason uncomfortable gas, I just avoid them. The bullet list item refers much more to other beans (navy, lima, pinto, fava, etc.) -- which room bigger pertains to than green beans. But certainly, every bean *plants* (green bean or otherwise) room no-nos.

Peas space allegedly high in sugar, for this reason they'd serve ideal as occasional food selection items, I would think.

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Actually, eco-friendly beans are fine to feed, to mine knowledge, as space fresh peas together as eye peas or de-stringed snap peas. Dill is additionally ok in restricted amounts. Some flowers room fine, such as dandelion flowers.

I acquire most of mine gpig food details from GuineaPigCages/CavySpirit and GuineaLynx.

I do understand that frozen/thawed create is generally a no-no (pellets and an essential Care can be frozen), however I'm no sure specifically why. It would be interesting to know.

Hi there,

Great write-up on what a the majority of owners make presumptions about. Ice berg lettuce is likewise a no an excellent especially if it comes from a greenhouse loaded with nitrates.

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Also a comment about houseplants. I have actually a philodendron plant in my house office. It has actually a nice trailing type and thrives through low irradiate and tiny attention. Philodendrons are poisonous. When I an initial brought the tree home, I inserted it on a shelf above my pigs' cage -- however realized immediately that it would certainly look prefer an enticing law dangling above their top -- therefore I relocated it come the other side the the room.

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