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Can Guinea Pigs Eat Blueberries? (Is it Safe?)
One question that we get a lot is ‘can guinea pigs eat blueberries?’ and it’s understandable. Those cute little guys and gals just love fruits of just about any kind and blueberries would seem to be a healthy and aesthetically pleasing choice.
Can guinea pigs eat blueberries?
The quick answer is ‘yes’ but life is not always simple and such is the case with these pretty, vitamin-packed fruits. Once you know the caveats, however, you can serve blueberries with frequency and confidence.
Let’s talk about your furry baby and those blueberries that they love so much!
Blueberries are little blue power-pills
There are a number of reasons why blueberries are a popular choice when it comes to guinea pig diets. They’re beautiful, for one thing, and secondly they fit just so perfectly in that little piggy’s hands. The final reason, of course, is they have to be healthy, because they are fruits! That last reason, however, is not completely true and we’ll explain that shortly.
In the meantime, here is a taste of the nutritional profile that blueberries bring to your guinea pigs diet:
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin K1
Sounds perfect, right? Unfortunately, like every good thing, moderation is extremely important so less discuss the downsides of these little, blue berries.
The caveats: Blueberries are also sugary and highly acidic
That’s right, dear readers, those berries that your guinea pig loves are packed with sugar and worse, they are also highly acidic. If your guinea pig is prone to mouth-sores then you won’t want to serve them any blueberries at all!
Beyond this risk factor, all that acidity can give your guinea pig a sore tummy if they eat too many blueberries as well. The sugar content, being as high as it is, also makes eating too many blueberries a potential obesity risk and can bring other health considerations into play such as diabetes.
The thing that you need to remember about your guinea pig is that while fruits and vegetables are a great way to boost their vitamin levels, their main diet consists of that hay that you are feeding them every day. This is what they look for and what they need.
The trick is to limit fruits and vegetables to ¼ – ½ cup a day and where blueberries are concerned keep the servings limited to 1 or 2 berries ONLY. This way your fuzzy friend can have those blueberries without the risks or worries of the sugars and acids within them.
In all things, moderation is best.
So, what is the final verdict?
Can guinea pigs eat blueberries? They certainly can but as a piggy-parent you are going to need to enforce the moderation that your little love muffin just can’t manage on their own. In small quantities, blueberries are an excellent way to vary your guinea pigs diet. Just limit the servings to 1 or 2 at a time and everyone will be happier for it.
So, what are you waiting for? Your guinea pig wants blueberries!
Hello, I am Anubha Gupta, the architect in chief of FallsGarden. I am so excited to share some of the best gardening tips and advice I have learned over the years. Visit our about page to know more about me.