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Can Guinea Pigs Eat Broccoli?

Can guinea pigs eat broccoli? Broccoli is a good source of various Vitamins, and other essential nutrients such as fi...
can guinea pigs eating broccoli

(Updated 2023.07.28)

Hey there GuineaGang,

Have you ever wondered if guinea pigs can eat broccoli safely? Watch this short video for a quick summary about this topic:



Broccoli is a Nutritious Treat

The short answer is, yes - guinea pigs can eat broccoli. Broccoli is a vegetable that is high in vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, Fiber, and other essential nutrients. Due to guinea pigs being unable to synthesize their own vitamin C, broccoli helps to fill that void. 

However, broccoli should only be provided as a treat or in very small quantities. This is because broccoli is known to be rich in calcium and oxalates which, if eaten in abundance, can lead to bladder stones and other complications in guinea pigs. If you're wary about giving your guinea pigs broccoli due to the calcium, you can find other vegetables to safely feed them that are deemed safe by reading this blog: What Vegetables can Guinea Pigs Eat? Here are some of the Best Veggies for Guinea Pigs Diet

Can Guinea Pigs Eat Broccoli Stems?

Guinea pigs can eat all parts of the broccoli! The stem, florets, and the stalk are all enjoyed by guinea pigs and chewing on this tough and crunchy vegetable will also help them to maintain good dental health, keeping their teeth at a healthy length. 

Feed some broccoli to your guinea pigs and watch them enjoy this nutritious treat, but make sure you're feeding it sparingly!

Guinea pigs should only ever consume fresh, raw vegetables, never anything cooked, and be sure to thoroughly wash all produce beforehand to remove any lingering pesticides. 

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7 comments

Katelynn, Broccoli can be a good source of vitamin C for guinea pigs, along with other fresh vegetables and fruits. However, it’s important to note that the vitamin C content in broccoli can vary.

To provide your guinea pig with enough vitamin C, it’s generally recommended to offer them fresh foods that are rich in vitamin C on a daily basis. This can include a variety of vegetables such as bell peppers, kale, parsley, and spinach. Fruits like oranges and strawberries are also good sources of vitamin C.

While giving your guinea pig broccoli once or twice a week can contribute to their vitamin C intake, it’s best to offer a variety of vitamin C-rich foods consistently to meet their daily needs.

Alisha

Hi there! I was just wondering if I could replace vit c tablets with broccoli once or twice a week? Just curious about whether or not I even need the tablets if I can just give them this on occasion. Thanks in advance for the help!

Katelynn

Thanks do for the advice

Sienna

Thanks do for the advice

Sienna

Thanks do for the advice

Sienna

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