You like animals, but do not have the conditions to keep a dog or a cat in the apartment? An excellent choice can be a sea pig. Still, before you decide to have this furry rodent, be well informed about their needs and lifestyle.
Guinea pigs are pretty easy to maintain and they don’t require a lot of hassle. The most important thing to know is whether your furry friend can eat certain foods or not, since it is important to provide your pet with quality meals and a well-balanced diet.
Peanuts – Nutritive value
Before we answer the above question, let us check out the nutritive value of peanuts and what health benefits we get from it. It has been scientifically proven that peanut or peanut butter enriched nutrition can reduce the rate of cardiovascular disease by as much as 21%. Why is that so?
Peanut is a good source of positive monounsaturated fats (egg oleic, also found in olive oil), contains vitamin E, vitamin B complex, mineral manganese and dietary fiber.
Peanut is also the source of resveratrol, an interesting phytonutrient that has ant oxidative, antimicrobial and antigenic properties. You may have heard that it is in red grape or red wine, scientists believe that he is responsible for the so-called, a French paradox, nutrition with a low fat content, and a lower risk of cardiovascular disease than anywhere else in the world.
However, we must warn that in sensitive people, peanut can cause allergic reactions such as rash, headache, digestive problems, insomnia, even depression. Scientists around the world are trying to find a solution to food allergies by developing immunotherapy strategies, and one option is to breed peanut-free allergens.
So, can my Guinea pig eat peanuts?
Answer to this question is, sadly no. even though peanuts are extremely healthy and are advised by almost every nutritional study, they are not safe for these furry animals. Owners on the other hand can eat them, as long as they are not allergic.
The reason why Guinea pigs can’t eat peanuts is because they are too fatty for them and can cause various problems. These problems include weight gain, heart disease, vomiting, diarrhea and bloating.
Even if you’re furry friend likes eating peanuts, this doesn’t mean they are beneficial for him. Sometimes the side-effects of certain foods can’t be seen right away, but in the long run they can cause various problems for your pets.
Another danger from peanuts is a choking hazard that can occur because peanuts are chewy and can get stuck to your Guinean pig’s throat. Your little furry friend might chock and you wouldn’t even realize it until it is too late. This is why it is important to avoid giving them peanuts, even in small amounts. It is always best to be on the safe side when it comes to our pets, because they can’t complain to us when something is wrong.
Some tips on Guinean pig’s diet
Guinea pigs are purely herbivorous and therefore they should not be given any food of animal origin such as eggs, cheese or meat. It is best to feed them with ready-made commercial Guinea foods because it is balanced and contains all the vitamins and minerals necessary for normal development. If you let the pig to eat the grass, make sure the grass is fresh and not located next to a road.
Toxins and gases can badly affect their health. In their regular diet, you have to put in hay that helps them maintain their teeth. The teeth grow in pigs is constant and if they don’t consume hay they can grow too many teeth that will prevent the piglet from eating food.
If it comes to this, be sure to contact a veterinarian who will shorten his teeth. Their menu includes a large amount of vegetables, and the list includes: lettuce, shrimp, peppers, zucchini, cucumber, tomato, peas, and beans. Parsley and asparagus are allowed, but without exaggeration due to the large amount of calcium that this vegetable contains. With carrots and fruits you shouldn’t be exaggerating because of the large sugar content.
Every other day you can give them apple, banana, melon, strawberries and cherries. Avoid cabbage, kale and broccoli because they bloat the stomach and cause a bloating. Pigs have sensitive stomachs that are susceptible to gas formation.
Vitamin C deficiency in Guinea pigs
The most important thing in Guinean pig’s nutrition is vitamin C. These rodents cannot synthesize vitamin C, which can lead to the appearance of scurvy.
Daily needs are about 30-50 mg. If you notice that the pig has problems with mobility (jumps like a rabbit), spontaneous bleeding, sudden weight loss, poor teeth quality, immune deficiency and lack of appetite is certainly a lack of vitamin C.
Scurvy can lead to death and must be treated by regular administration of vitamin C (50-100 mg) every day. In pharmacies there is vitamin C in powder that you can disperse in a little water and given by syringes.
his vitamin is quickly decomposed in water, and as soon as you make the solution, give it to the pet. Look for special drops of vitamin C that you can regularly give to the piglet. In addition to the variety of foods in the Guinean pig’s cage must always have fresh water.
In conclusion, avoid giving your Guinea pigs peanuts because they can cause various health issues for your furry friend. They can cause your Guinea pig to gain a lot of weight in short amount of time, because they are very high in fat. With weight gain, many other problems appear such as heart disease, diarrhea, and bloating and stomach pain.
Another possible danger of giving your Guinean pig peanuts is chocking. This furry rodent can get chocked by eating peanuts because they are chewy and tend to stick on the gums. Besides all of the mentioned, your Guinean pig can also have an allergic reaction to peanuts.
When you put everything in perspective, peanuts are not the best option for your furry pet since they can cause a string of potential harms for your furry pet. Avoid giving them all together because they can make your pet sick and cause long-term health issues in the future. Instead of peanuts, opt for a food that is healthy for your pet and don’t feel sad if he really likes eating peanuts.
After all, your goal is to make him healthy and happy and if giving him peanuts is dangerous, and then it is better to forget about giving him any. This way you are going to keep your furry friend healthy and in your company for many more years to come.