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Guinea Pig Safe Veggie List

Feed  approximately one to one and a half cups of fresh vegetables per pig daily.


Avoid vegetables high in sugar, calcium and known to cause gas or bloat.

Feed unlimited hay and 1/8 cup of pellets per day as well as supplemental vitamin C.


We like Oxbow Vitamin C cookies or Childlife brand liquid Vitamin C.

Let's Build a Guinea Pig Salad!


The Following are OK to Feed Daily: The bulk should be leafy greens: "start here as the salad base"

  • Green leaf Lettuce

  • Red Leaf Lettuce

  • Butter Lettuce

  • Endive

  • Green Bell Pepper

  • Cilantro

  • Tomatoes (1" slice or one cherry tomato per pig)

  • Zucchini with skin

  • Escarole

The following are OK to Feed Two to Four Times Per week: "then add in"

  • Red, Orange or Yellow Bell Pepper

  • Arugula

  • Baby Carrot (one per pig as a treat)

  • Green Beans

  • Snap Peas

  • Celery 

  • Corn Husks and Silk

  • Cucumber (can cause gas in some piggies, is rare but watch for this)

  • Romaine Lettuce

  • Parsley

  • Wheat Grass (Cat Grass) or Grass (be sure grass is not treated with pesticides)

  • Chicory Greens

  • Mustard Greens

  • Squash

  • Radicchio

The following are OK to Feed Rarely, Once Per Week at Most: "special treats"

  • Dandelion Greens (high in calcium)

  • Spinach (high in calcium)

  • Dill

  • Mint

  • Raw Pumpkin

  • Carrot Tops

  • Mustard Greens

  • Kale (high in calcium)

The Following Fruit As Special Treats, Ok Once Per Week in Small Amounts: "really special treats"

  • Apple (no core, no seeds)

  • Blackberries

  • Blueberries

  • Cantaloupe

  • Raspberries

  • Strawberries

  • Watermelon with Rind

  • Banana

  • Melon

  • Mango

Never Feed:

  • Frozen or Cooked Vegetables

  • Iceberg Lettuce

  • Cabbage

  • Broccoli

  • Brussel Sprouts

  • Cauliflower

  • Yogurt Drops

  • Chocolate (or anything else with caffeine)

  • Onions

  • Garlic

  • Mushrooms

  • Avocados

  • Nuts

  • Potatoes

  • Seeds

  • Corn Kernels

  • Peanut Butter

  • Rhubarb

  • Bok Choy

  • Dairy Products

  • Bread

  • Meat

  • Salt Licks

*SCGPR Recognizes that others recommend Broccoli, Cauliflower and Brussels Sprouts as being safe for guinea pigs. However we have seen first hand that these particular veggies have a high probability to cause gas/bloat in guinea pigs. We prefer to err on the side of caution so we have removed these from our recommended veggies list.

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