Can guinea pigs eat avocado? What’s the truth?
Avocados over the last couple of years have risen in popularity, mainly due to the fact people are trying to embrace a healthier lifestyle. Avocado for humans is certainly seen to be a healthy fruit. So what’s the deal when giving guinea pigs avocado?
Can guinea pigs eat avocado? Yes, they can BUT they can only eat the fruit/pulp/flesh from the avocado and even this part can be dangerous for guinea pigs. A common-sense approach is required here. Avoid feeding food that is potentially dangerous to your animals.
Parts such as the skin, stem, peel, pit, and leaves contain a substance called persin in high amounts. A couple of bloggers I’ve seen incorrectly claim that the flesh is safe and free from Persin, this is not true. Feel free to check some academic research if you want further proof. The flesh of avocado does contain persin but just in a much smaller quantity, which still can prove fatal in bigger quantities. There is no scientifically recommended advice on how much persin a guinea pig can consume, so you would figure to avoid it right?
Issues with avocado and guinea pigs
The other issue with avocado and guinea pigs that avocado contains a high amount of natural fat. Although healthy in small quantities it can cause problems when consumed in larger amounts. Like with most food, moderation and a well-rounded diet are key. If you are adamant about feeding your guinea pig avocado, it should be seen as a treat, rather than a routine part of your guinea pig’s diet. Too much avocado can cause bloating, diarrhea, and vomiting, which can lead to dehydration. dehydration can eventually be fatal if severe, so ensure to be careful.
The high fat content in avocados can cause a number of different issues with guinea pigs such as;
- Issues with the digestive system
- Urinary Problems
- Cardiovascular issues.
And that’s just to name a couple, if I listed all of the potential issues in-depth with avocados I would be writing a book right now instead of an article.
I fed my guinea pig avocado what are the symptoms of persin poisoning?
- Difficulty breathing
- Bad digestion / Dirrarea
- Increase heart rate
- Lethagic behavior
- Lack of mobility
If you accidentally fed your guinea pigs avocado or were unaware of the problems associated with it, pay close attention and try to see if they are suffering from any side effects. Possibly consider a trip to the vet if they have digested the more toxic parts.
Why feed guinea pigs avocado?
Given that we know certain parts of avocado are toxic and contain persin combined with the information that large quantities and regular consumption can be fatal. We have to ask, is it really worth it to feed avocado to your pets? We love our pets, and maybe it can be entertaining to feed them special foods as a treat but ultimately is it really worth potentially damaging the health of a pet you care dearly about?
Yeah, if done correctly guinea pigs can have avocado but should we be feeding it to them in reality, it has more potential negatives than positives. My advice would be certainly not to feed your guinea pigs avocado. There are so many safer alternatives that can provide higher nutritional value. Not to mention avocados are not exactly cheap, it’s not practical.
There is a great deal more research on this subject involving dogs. It might be worth making a comparison on how persin affects other animals.
Do guinea pigs enjoy eating avocado?
Guinea pigs, in general, do not enjoy eating avocado, not only do guinea pigs not seem to be very keen on avocado, there are a plethora of health issues some potentially fatal when feeding guinea pigs avocado. Instead of feeding your guinea pigs avocado try some carrot tops, cucumber, or dandelion leaves. Alternatively, if you want to feed your guinea pig some fruit. You can try apples, strawberries, pears, oranges, bananas, apricots, blueberries, or papayas. These are all known to be guinea-pig-friendly foods.
Reminder: Never feed your guinea pig any type of fruit or vegetable without doing adequate research into its nutritional values and potential risks.
Always research new foods before feeding them to your pets. If you are unsure it’s better to be safe than sorry. If you are unable to find reliable advice online, turn to your local vet. They will be more than happy to help.
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