Guineapig guide : Choosing the right food for your guineapig?

 

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When it comes to feeding our guinea pig’s sometimes it’s so easy to pick up any small pet food on the shelves without really knowing the health benefits they have for our guinea’s. There are a wide assortment of  brand guinea pig food available on the market , although today we’ll fill you in on some general food tips to help you pick the perfect food for your guinea pig.

What different forms of guinea pig food are there and what’s the difference? 

There are two types of guinea pig food you can find both online and in more pet stores, these are Muesli & Pellets.  Muesli is mostly made up of a mixture of grains, compressed hay pellets and other dried foods that are all put together ( often with added sugars / molasses). Pellets or nuggets are a compressed form of guinea pig food again although they can be made up of alfalfa or timothy hays ( preferably).

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What different brands are food are out there? 

Pellet foods

  •  Burgess Excel Nuggets
  • Harrington’s Pellets
  • Oxbow pellets
  • Science select
  • and more ( some online and local pet stores even make their own)

Muesli mix

  •  Mr Johnson supreme guineapig mix
  • Wagg guinea pig crunch food
  • Gerty guinea pig muesli mix

Do pellets and muesli have their benefits and disadvantages?

Yes of course they do, you might not know that guinea pig’s don’t naturally produce their own vitamin C. Therefore as responsible pet owners we need to make sure they get this in their diet, not only through a daily intake of fresh veggies but in their food to.

Although this isn’t necessarily true for all lines of pet food made on the market ( please look at the packaging label to take a closer look at ingredients), some pet foods contain high levels of ingredients that are unhealthy for your guinea pig to eat.

Ingredients such as lucrene ( alfalfa) and molasses ( sugar) are ingredients added to a lot of small pet foods which can cause health complications in guinea pigs. Health problems such as diabetes, obesity and bladder stones ( made from high calcuim) can cause discomfort for your guinea pigs and this is why its important to take into account which foods you place them on.

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Lastly what foods should I use and how much should I feed them?

Generally each type of guinea pig food will come with a ” recommended daily allowance”for example per 500-800 gram guinea pig, although this may vary from each product. Obviously the ideal foods to use will vary depending on where you are in the world and the guinea pig products available to you.

We would highly recommend you consider two things when choosing the right small pet food for your guinea pig, these are :

  • Ingredients
  • Your budget

Some foods on the market are quite expensive and every guinea pig owner will have their own set budget to spend monthly on their pet. Do what is best for both yourself and your guinea pig, to  provide them a level of healthy food to better their health.

Lastly look at the % of  specific ingredients ( in particular molasses and lucerne) in each bag of food you pick up in store till you find a brand of food thats better for you.

We hope you found this article helpful and if there’s anything you’d like to see from guineapig wheekly uk let us know in the comments below!

Katie x

Disclaimer : I am not a vet or professional trained in small pet nutrition, although if you’re unsure still as to which food is best for your guinea pig we’d recommend you ask your vet should they have a specific dietary requirement.

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