Guinea pigs have become increasingly popular pets and more and more people decide to get this pet instead of a cat or dog. The reason behind this might be the fact they are easy to maintain and they love being around people.
They are gentle creatures that need minimum care but can be quite cuddly pets to have. Guinea pigs have a special diet and we need to be careful about the food we give to them because there are a lot of foods that aren’t safe for Guinea pigs.
There is a list of foods that are poisonous for Guinea pigs and it is always good to be informed and to watch for these foods so that your bunny stays healthy and strong.
In today’s text we are going to learn more about watercress and see if this plant is safe for small Guinea pigs or not. So, if your pet ate some of this plant or you want to expand his diet with new foods, this could be an interesting text for you to read.
Watercress – Nutritive information
Watercress is water perennial, on average it grows 60-70 cm, and sometimes reaches 1 m in height and up to 2 m in width. This beautiful plant of beautiful green color is found near clean rivers, streams and springs. It looks like a small shrub plant, with fleshy, smooth and shiny leafs stretching over the ground and in height, but also under the water. Plant blooms from May to September, we recognize it by dense, white and very small flowers, often surrounded by bees due to the nectar they contain.
It is interesting that the Watercress has the ability to survive and multiply by swimming in water, without touching the ground. Watercress is one of the plants we use whole and it is best to be fresh.
Besides as an antioxidant, it is also known as the cleanser of the whole organism because it stimulates the change of matter, it especially affects the blood, and it revitalizes, refreshes and opens the appetite.
Watercress is one of the plants we use whole and it is best to be grown in nature. Fresh leaves, of course, have the highest nutritional value. Watercress can be mixed with other foods and in juices and salads, and can also be used for soup. Once you find yourself in a reliable source of a quality Watercress, you can wrap it around the grapes or pieces of pineapple and in this way consume crude. Although many people in this form this plant is too bitter, you can use it as a raw supplement to various salads.
It is often used as an antibiotic, a diuretic, a rheumatic agent, a stimulant, a body cleanser, against inflammation of the bladder and fever, eczema, angina, irritated throat and lungs, against bronchitis, cataracts of the lungs, stimulates the secretion of stomach lung serving’s toothache and inflammation of the teeth. It is useful even in outdoor applications, cleanses and heals damaged skin, acts against spots and scars on the skin, and is effective against hair loss.
The Watercress, as is also often called Water queen among people, and it is used for treating: heart and blood diseases, cleansing of the blood, cleansing the airways for breathing, in particular, is often used to remove dense and hard mucus from the lungs, treats diseases of the kidneys and urinary tract, diabetes, liver disease, skin and lung disease.
Can Guinea Pigs Eat Watercress?
If you caught your small Guinea pig eating watercress, there is no need to be worried. This plant is not on the list of dangerous foods for Guinea pigs so there is no need to worry about if your Guinea pig ate some watercress. This plant is extremely healthy and it can even be beneficial for Guinea pigs when they need to strengthen their immune systems and be stronger.
However, this plant shouldn’t be eaten in large quantities because it is not that beneficial when taken in larger amounts.
Side-effects of eating too much watercress are diarrhea, bloating and vomiting. Your furry friend might even feel some stomach pain and other digestion problems, which can all be problematic especially if your pet has a sensitive stomach. Watercress should only be given to Guinea pigs as a treat and not as a whole meal. Give them this plant as an occasional snack and forget about giving watercress as a complete meal.
Unless you want your Guinea pig friend to experience some serious digestion problems, avoid giving him this plant too often. Before you actually give this plant to your pet, make sure you try a little piece of it first, and then offer them bigger amounts. It is good to watch your pet after a small amount of watercress and monitor his behavior because this is a good indicator that something is not right. If you notice anything strange about your pet’s behavior, make sure to quit with giving him watercress and find other snacks that are going to suit him.
Some tips on Guinea pig’s diet
One of the most important things about Guinea pigs to remember is that they need Vitamin C. The best way to supply them with vitamin C is to use a tablet. You can buy tablets especially for Guinea pigs, and you can also use the tablet for human use (a quarter of a 100 mg tablet per day is the recommended dose for most adult piglets.
In tablets made for Guinea pigs, the amount of vitamin C is 50 mg, but since vitamin C is soluble, a slightly higher dose than the recommended daily cannot harm. Most pigs will treat vitamins as treats, but they can also be crushed together with other, granular foods.
Vitamin C can also be added to water, but there is a problem with this method. Vitamin C quickly loses its value in water (fresh water must be used at least once or twice a day). Also, seafood pigs may refuse or reduce the consumption of water with added vitamin C, due to a different taste, which may result in certain health problems.
It is also difficult to know if your pet is taking enough vitamin C in this way. Nutrition with a variety of fresh vegetables rich in vitamin C and / or tablet supplements is always a better solution.