GuineaDad Food Blog: Can guinea pigs eat apricots?

Can guinea pigs eat apricots?

Just like with most fruits and veggies, guinea pigs can eat apricots, but in moderation! While there’s plenty of health benefits, it's important to be careful when it comes to how often you feed them to your piggies because of the high sugar content, as well as other factors that you need to consider.

What vitamins and other nutrients does apricots contain?

Calcium

Your guinea pig needs this to build and maintain strong bones! This is also needed for their heart, muscles, and nerves to function properly. There is 13 mg in a 100 g portion. It should be noted that there is 23 mg of phosphorus in the same size serving! That would make the Ca:P (calcium to phosphorus ratio) 0.56:1. The ideal ratio is 1.33:1.

Vitamin C

This vitamin is necessary for growth and development, as well as repair of body tissues. It also helps with absorbing iron. This is important because iron is necessary for the creation of hemoglobin and myoglobin—both are proteins necessary for oxygen delivery. There is 10 mg of Vitamin C in a 100 g portion.

Fiber

This helps with maintaining a regular digestive system, and helps keep your guinea pig full, which prevents overeating! It’s also helpful for lowering cholesterol and controlling blood sugar levels. There is 2 g in a 100 g portion. 

infographic displaying the vitamins and nutrients in apricots for guinea pigs

What other benefits does apricots provide for your guinea pig?

Apricots are high in flavonoid and anthocyanin content! These help fight against diseases, prevent allergies, and also help in reducing inflammation. They’ve also been known to help lower blood pressure and prevent cardiovascular diseases.

There’s also the presence of potassium, which helps with fluid balance in the body and muscle contractions, and regulates nerve signals. 

What are the downsides about apricots for guinea pigs?

Unfortunately, apricots have a high sugar content, which can make your piggy more susceptible to developing diabetes or becoming obese. This is part of why it’s important to give this fruit to your guinea pig in moderation! Apricots also tend to cause some digestive problems if over consumed. This means diarrhea can occur, which leads to dehydration! If this happens, you should stop feeding your guinea pig apricot right away.

Guinea pigs can eat apricots, but do they like it?

Guinea pigs love apricots, because not only are they a sweet treat, but they’re soft, which makes it easier for them to eat!

How should you go about feeding your guinea pig apricots?

This is one of those foods that you should only feed your guinea pig once in a while as a treat! The best would be one or two times a week and one, half-inch slice should be a good amount to start with! Make sure to carefully monitor your guinea pig to see how their body responds to the fruit to make sure they are able to handle it.

gathered apricots for guinea pigs to eat

Overall, it is OK to feed your guinea pigs apricots!

But, just like any good thing, there is such a thing as too much! It’s important to very carefully introduce apricots to your guinea pig, and to make sure they don’t suffer from any unsavory side effects! Remember that your piggies need one cup of fresh fruits and veggies to supplement their regular diet of pellets and hay—aim for variety and don’t feed them too much of any single thing!


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