Poisonous food and plants for guinea pigs

Guinea pigs are herbivores and require a full belly of fibre at all times.

Foraging for your piggies is an organic way of feeding them, plus it’s cost-effective for you. Stinging nettles and rose petals can be dried out and given as treats later in the year, while other plants such as fruits, vegetables or soft leaves like mallow can be fed fresh on the day.

To help your guinea pigs live a long and healthy life, their diet should be as natural and varied as possible. But, there are several foods and plants that can be poisonous to them. Take a look at our list below of foods and plants to avoid:

  • Pet shop treats such as yoghurt drops, chew bars etc are very fattening and can contribute to poor dental health.
  • Avocado
  • Buttercup leaves and flowers can cause extreme discomfort and in some cases be fatal
  • Foxglove
  • Ragwort
  • Ivy
  • Privet
  • Holly
  • Yew
  • Hemlock
  • Wild garlic
  • Lords and ladies – common in damp or woody areas.
  • Any plants with bulbs
  • Nightshade
  • House plants such as the spider and rubber plant
  • Potatoes

Remember: if you go out foraging, take a plant ID or forage book with you so you don’t pick dangerous plants

Looking for more advice?

If you are concerned about your rabbits’ health, or have any other questions about your pet, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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