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Can guinea pigs eat watermelon? Good or Harmful

Can guinea pigs eat watermelon? Good or Harmful

When we choose new foods to include in our pets’ diets, we immediately think about the foods we are eating and whether they might be good for them.

” Can guinea pigs eat watermelon ?” This is a question many pet owners ask themselves because watermelon is a delicious fruit that can be found easily. The answer is yes, they can eat watermelon. We will tell you all about the amount it needs and how to serve it in order not to cause stomach problems.

Can guinea pigs eat watermelon and what is the recommended amount?

As already mentioned, guinea pigs can eat watermelon. Watermelon is safe for your pet because it has high water content, and will not harm your guinea pig’s health if given in small quantities. Of all the other fresh foods a guinea pig can eat, watermelon is the one you can eat every day, without worrying about it causing any health problems. Just remember not to overdo the quantities.

Watermelons don’t have many vitamins and you need to consider this before giving them to your pet. In order to supplement the need for vitamin C in its body, you should give it other types of fresh foods that contain this vitamin in high quantities.

But precisely because watermelons have a high water content, they are very good for guinea pigs. They keep it hydrated, but if given in large quantities, they can cause stomach problems and even diarrhea. Watermelon should always be served seedless to prevent your pet from choking on a seed.

How can I tell if my guinea pig likes watermelon?

Similar to any other fresh food you would like to introduce into your pet’s diet, you need to first see if they like their taste. So, the easiest way to tell if your guinea pig loves watermelon is to give it a small piece and see if he appreciates the taste.

If it eats it, you can give it more and add it to its daily diet. If it doesn’t show any interest, then you should try other foods. Try this method with any fresh food you wish to include in its diet. You will know immediately if your pet appreciates the fresh food you have chosen or not.

Can I give my guinea pig watermelon rind?

As mentioned before, the best way to see if fresh food is good for your little friend is to try it. Yes, watermelon rind is good for the guinea pig, but only as a reward, not as a daily meal. It doesn’t taste as great as watermelon, but it contains a lot of nutrients that will give your guinea pig energy.

What are the foods that shouldn’t be in your guinea pig’s diet?

There are many harmful foods that can make your guinea pig sick. Try to avoid them in order to keep your little furry friend healthy and happy. Here is a list of fresh foods that are not good:

  • Vegetables: avocado, beans, peppers, garlic, iceberg lettuce, potatoes, rhubarb, sweet pea, tomato, olives
  • Fruits: coconut, cherries
  • In addition to these fruits and vegetables, there are seeds and herbs that can harm your guinea pig’s health. Nuts, coffee, hydrangea, iris, jasmine, serenella, or meat are all dangerous. Try to avoid them as much as possible, as they can make your guinea pig sick and can even lead to its death.
  • Make sure you introduce new foods into your pet’s diet, starting with small amounts. It does not need to have a diet based on fresh foods because it already gets the necessary nutrients from grass hay and pellets. Fresh food is just a treat for your pet and should be given in small quantities, in order not to harm its health.

Final Thoughts

As you can see, watermelon is a good choice for your guinea pig, but make sure it’s seedless. Watermelon will be an enjoyable meal for your little friend and won’t hurt it if served in small quantities. Finally, make sure that any food served to it, including watermelon, is fresh.

This article is purely informative, at Shelterapet we do not have the right to prescribe veterinary treatments or make any type of diagnosis. We encourage you to take your pet to the vet in case of any kind of discomfort.

Written by Amanda

Passionate about animals, Amanda draws her expertise from her training as an educator, canine behaviorist as well as her extensive experience with animal owners. A specialist in dog and cat behavior, Amanda continues to learn about our four-legged companions by studying veterinary reference books but also university research sites (UCD, Utrecht, Cambridge, Cornell, etc..)

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