Vet Q&A: Which vegetables are safe for guinea pigs?

by PDSA | 24 February #Smallpets

Guinea pigs need fresh greens in their diet every day to keep them happy and healthy. There are a few veggies you can try them with to find their favourite!

What our guinea pigs eat is really important as the wrong diet can cause them all sorts of problems, including painful dental disease and obesity.

The first thing you need to do is make sure your guinea pigs are on the right diet for them. They should have constant access to good quality feeding hay or grass (and plenty of it!), a teacup of fresh greens and small amount of shop-bought guinea pig nuggets. Follow the guidelines on the packet to find out how much of these you should feed your guinea pigs.

When it comes to fresh greens, we’d recommend keeping it varied and interesting for your guinea pigs. Guinea pig safe greens include:

  • Broccoli
  • Spinach
  • Rocket
  • Cabbage
  • Watercress
  • Kale.

You can also feed them:

  • Salad peppers
  • Tomatoes (but not the leaves)
  • Parsnips
  • Turnips
  • Radishes.

You should avoid giving your guinea pigs rhubarb and potato. Take a look at our full list of safe veggies for guinea pigs.

You should always avoid feeding your guinea pigs muesli as they tend to just pick out the tastier (and more sugary) bits which is what can contribute to weight and teeth problems. If you’re unsure what you should be feeding your guinea pigs, chat to your vet or vet nurse and they can give you advice. You can also take a look at our guinea pig diet page for some guidance.

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