A healthy pet makes the happiest companion. And better health starts with a good diet.
Just like us, animals need variations in their diet as well.
Guinea pigs, for example, cannot produce vitamin C on their own.
So, they have to get it from their food source, so it is recommended to include vitamin C pellets in their diet.
Oranges can be a good source of vitamin C as well.
Now, being a concerned owner of a guinea pig, I’m sure you are very cautious about their health and what you’re feeding them.
So, to educate you on the matter and clear your confusions, here are some of your queries, answered:
Can Guinea Pigs eat oranges?
Guinea pigs love oranges, usually.
Guinea pigs are shy animals and very picky about their food. But most of them enjoy eating oranges.
This winter gift from mother-nature is an excellent addition to a guinea pigs diet. And you should not hesitate to feed it to your loved ones.
Orange juice with added sugar, on the other hand, is a no-no!
Now, you may enjoy a nice tall glass of orange juice to go with your breakfast. But your guinea pig won’t.
Your tiny little furballs prefer chewing instead of drinking. And the added sugar in an orange juice can cause digestive problems.
Can I give orange peels to my guinea pigs?
Giving small amounts of orange peel is a good idea. Orange peels have high levels of vitamin C in them.
So, go ahead and feed em to your little ones.
How will feeding oranges benefit my guinea pigs?
Vitamin C has protective properties that strengthen the immune system.
It rids the body of harmful radicals and protects against arthritis, asthma, diabetes, and immobility.
Oranges also provide your munchkins with fiber. It reduces cholesterol levels and helps regulate blood sugar.
But wait, there’s more:
Oranges also have vitamin A, B1, and minerals, such as potassium, calcium, and copper.
They all work together to strengthen your guinea pig’s immune system.
Too much of anything is bad!
Too much is never good, and oranges don’t make an exception.
While fruits and vegetables are excellent sources of vitamin, minerals, and fiber, they contain an excessive amount of sugar.
On top of that, citrus fruits are acidic. They might end up upsetting your guinea pig’s stomach and cause indigestion.
To avoid any of these problems, moderate the amount you’re feeding them.
Once or twice a week should be fine. Just make sure to chop them into slices before serving.
How do I introduce oranges into my guinea pig’s diet?
Start with small portions. If you’re introducing oranges, then avoid overwhelming your guinea pigs with too much of it.
They might overeat in excitement and end up upsetting their stomach.
Check for loose stool (in case of indigestion and diarrhea) after you’ve fed them oranges.
If their droppings or behavior changes, you need to reduce the amount or stop giving it all.
Chop the oranges into small slices, including the peels.
Remove all seeds to avoid choking hazards and serve in small portions.
Well, now you know: Oranges can be great treats for your guinea pigs.
They are a good source of vitamin C, minerals, and fiber. However, treats are treats, and they cannot be a regular thing.
So, once or twice a week, you should keep your furry pals happy and healthy.