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Jitka czech

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Hi, sorry for my poor English, I just want to ask if I feed my guinea pigs well.

I noticed in one discussion forum (USA) that most owners feed their guinea pigs a lot differently than in the Czech Republic. In the US, they mainly eat salads and leafy vegetables, a little carrot only.

Our guinea pig vets recommend:

- during the summer: ...... mainly grass - lots of grass (classical grass, dandelions, ribwort, yarrow, daisy, nettle etc.) - It is the most natural for them. Do not use any granules at all (calcium comes from dandelions and nettles, the grass contains the best ratio of calcium and phosphorus, And a lot of vitamin C) ....... garden or meadow hay with herbs .......... and three times a week they get: pepper (vitamin C), basil, fennel as vegetables (good for digestion and dissolution of urine Stones), carrot root, celery root, parsley root .....

- in winter: ...... hay, and vegetables (Instead of grass): mainly carrots, celery root, parsley root, peppers (vitamin C), fennel as vegetables, and then some other vegetables of choice ...... ................ In the Czech Republic, our veterinarians are NOT advised to give guinea pigs salads (none at all) for 2 reasons: they are very watery and contain a lot of nitrates - Salad causes bloating and nitrates slowly kill guinea pigs ......


And I have to agree - I have one guinea pig with a very sensitive belly - she can not eat a salad because of the bloat but at the same time the grass can eat a pile and nothing will do it to her. It always feels best during the summer (it only eats grass and hay), over the winter has problems with digestion (vegetables are harder to digest, the only thing that does not cause problems is carrot and root of celery) ..... it confirms that the guinea pigs need Mainly hay and grass and everything else is unnatural for their digestion (vegetables, granules) and therefore often die at a younger age than they should.


My grandmother has been taking care of guinea pigs for many years.
In the summer they feed them only on grass (even hay they do not eat very much at the time, even if they have it in the cage, just prefer grass), in winter they only eat homemade hay and carrots and peppers, do not give extra vitamin C in life ... ..and her guinea pigs live 8-10 years. :-)
 

Jitka czech

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To eliminate urinary stones and sand is best to serve fennel vegetables - it is very effective and further cranberry syrup.

When bloating it is good to use crushed fennel seeds - to make tea from them. I use it instead of clean water when I mix critical care for sick guinea pigs
 
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Hi!
Your vets say the same as here. Here the best vets (in Rome there are two very good ones, specialised in guinea pigs) recommend the same things you have said. Ratio Calcium/Phosphorus, huge amount of grass, peppers for vit C and as vegs at supermarket are stored for days and days and have probably lost vit C, most vets advice a little supplement. Not the one for piggies, but the one for humans... the drops for children (here we have Cebion drops only).
Same advice also for salad... some leaves but knowing that it is rich of nitrate and chemical residues... here salad is not recommended even for babies soups!
My former piggie was fed following the usual diet with pellets and developed the same usual trouble.
I agree with you of course; but I prefer giving a little supplement of vit C which will be eliminated with urine maybe, but it could help immunitary system.
Cranberry... yes... I am putting some drops inside some ml of water... I am sure it is useful and without it they don't drink any water...
Unfortunately my piggies don't like fennel...
 

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Can I just clarify, when you say salad do you mean lettuce? Or any leafy greens? Here salads are diverse and include all sorts including cucumber, tomatoes, carrot, and whatever else you feel like eating raw.
 
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