Hay, vegetables, and a little bit of fruits or treats make up a large part of a guinea pig’s diet. However, did you know that guinea pigs can eat flowers as well? Some even contain vitamins and nutrients that can boost a piggy's health. However, not every flower is safe for them to consume. Most of the flowers that are dangerous for cavies can upset their gastrointestinal systems. It’s important for us, their human friends, to know which kinds are okay to be in their tummies and which kind are essential for their health.
Here are some herbal supplement that you can include in your guinea pig’s diet:
1. Can Guinea Pigs Eat Dandelions?
These yellow flowers are easy to spot and are the most common flowers that guinea pigs eat. Its root, stem, leaves, greens, and petals are safe for guinea pigs to eat. They’re a good source of vitamin C, something that piggies cannot produce by themselves. Lack of vitamin C can lead to them getting scurvy (skin and joint problems). Dandelions can also help improve piggies’ digestion. They are safe to consume a couple of times a week.
2. Can Guinea Pigs Eat Marigold?
Guinea pigs can eat the yellow-orange flowers of these plants twice a week. They are rich in fiber, can help with digestion, and assist in dealing with parasites and worms. Marigold can also be used as an ointment form to be used if your piggie suffers an external injury.
3. Can Guinea Pigs Eat Roses / Rosehip?
Not only do these flowers look beautiful, they can also be eaten by cavies in small quantities (5 to 10 grams, 2 to 3 times a week). There is a fruit called Rosehip that grows on rose plants. Since it’s a fruit, its sugar content is slightly high but can provide guinea pigs with iron and vitamin C. Do not feed your piggies roses that have been sprayed.
4. Can Guinea Pigs Eat Rosemary?
I’m sure both humans and guinea pigs can both agree that Rosemary has a great smell. Not only does Rosemary smell great, but it can be great for your guinea pig’s diet as well. Rosemary is very rich in Vitamin A, C, Iron and Calcium. Note that too much calcium in any foods consumed by guinea pigs can cause health problems. So any guinea pig safe foods, like Rosemary, should be fed only in moderation.
5. Can Guinea Pigs Eat Lavender?
Yes! Guinea pigs can eat lavender. Lavender is not only known for its calming properties, but also due to its cleansing properties as well. It has 100 compounds such as limonene, which helps stimulates enzymes in the stomach and liver. Lavender is also low in fat and calories which means you won't have to worry about guinea pigs getting fluffy off these. Another benefit of Lavender is its Vitamin C content. Since Guinea pigs are not able to produce their own vitamin C, they must be given with supplements or other forms of food or vegetables.
6. Can Guinea Pigs Eat Raspberry Leaf?
Raspberry leaf can be a delicious treat for your guinea pigs, but did you know that raspberries have been used as a medicine for centuries. Raspberry leaves are known to help support natural metabolism due to its abundance in fiber. Raspberry leaves are also beneficial for pregnant guinea pigs or guinea pigs that have recently given birth as it is known to ease labor and avoid Urinary Tract Infections as well.
7. Can Guinea Pigs Eat Chamomile?
Last but not least Chamomile! I’m sure many of you have tried chamomile teas and treatments to relax you. Well, chamomile is also great for those of you that have very anxious or stressed out guinea pigs. Chamomile aids in easing tension and pain. It can also be used to help digestive issues such as bloating or loss of appetite. It also is a great source of fiber, so it can easily be considered a nutritious snack for your guinea pig as well.
Don’t forget that like many veggies or fruits, herbs should only be fed to your guinea pig 2-3 times a week. They should definitely not overshadow their average consumption of hay. One of the best things about these herb options is that they are safe for human consumption too, so if you don’t want your guinea pig to feel left out, maybe have a few leafy snacks with them. If you don’t want to go and find these delectable plants for your guinea pigs, consider trying GuineaDad Herbal Supplements, which are available in Marigold, Rosehip, Dandelion leaf, Raspberry leaf, and Chamomile. Vitamins and nutrients are an essential part of a guinea pig’s diet, so consider hand feeding these herbal treats to your guinea pig, or even sprinkle some in their hay for them to forage!
Flowers that are Toxic for Guinea Pigs
Some of the flowers that are TOXIC to guinea pigs are: daffodils, sunflowers, sweet peas, asters, nasturtiums, chickweed, goldenrod, mallow, and yarrow. Do not risk your guinea pig’s health with flowers that you’re unsure about. Only serve them thoroughly washed flowers that you’re sure are picked from clean locations, like your own garden. Always remember to feed them in moderation. Too much of a good thing can be bad!
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