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Dangerous Guinea Pig Food List – Unsafe Foods

Published: 8/23/2010 | Author: HappyCavy | Updated: 8/3/2015

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Guinea Pig Dangerous Foods

Updated: January 10, 2013

The below Guinea Pig Dangerous Foods List is a compilation of vegetables, fruits, and herbs that are not safe for guinea pig consumption.

Jump to the Guinea Pig Safe Food List to find out what plants are edible for guinea pigs.


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FOOD / PLANT / FLOWER
 
Notes
Aconite
   
Anemone (windflower, tumbleweed)
   
Autumn crocus
   
Avodaco
 
Any kind – Too high in fat.
Baked goods (cakes, cookies)
   
Beans
 
Any kind – causes gas/bloating.
Bishop’s Weed (Ammi majus)
 
May contain toxic levels of nitrates.
Black locust
   
Buttercup
   
Caladium
   
Caster oil plants (castor bean, palma)
   
Cherry trees (wild and cultivated)
   
Chiles
   
Christmas pepper
   
Clematis (virgin’s bower)
   
Coconut
 
Any kind – Too high in fat.
Coffee, soda
 
High in sugar, caffeine.
Cycads
   
Daffodil (narcissus, jonquil)
   
Dairy products
   
Daphne
   
Delphinum (larkspur, staggerweed)
   
Dicerna (bleeding heart, dutchman’s breeches, squirrel corn, turkey corn)
   
Diffenbachia (dumb cane)
   
Elephant ear
   
English ivy
   
Euphorbia (annual poinsettia, mexican fire plant, fire-on-the-mountain, snow-on-the-mountain)
   
Four-o’clock
   
Foxglove
   
Garland flower
   
Garlic
 
Poisonous.
Glory lily (climbing lily, gloriosa)
   
Golden chain
   
Goutweed (Aegopodium podagraria)
  See Bishop’s Weed
Ground Elder (Aegopodium podagraria)
  See Bishop’s Weed
Gyacinth
   
Hydrangea
   
Holly
   
Horseradish
 
Too pungent.
Hot herbs and spices
   
Lettuce – Iceberg
 
Low nutrition, high water content.
Iris
   
Indian spurge tree (pencil tree, malabartree, pencil cactus, monkey fiddle)
   
Jack-in-the-pulpit
   
Jerusalem cherry
   
Jams, jellies, fruit preservatives
 
High sugar content.
Jasmine
   
Juice
 
High sugar content.
Lantana camera (red sage)
   
Laurels
   
Lilac
   
Lily-of-the-valley
   
Marsh marigold (cowslip)
   
Matrimony vine
   
Mayapple
   
Meadow saffron
   
Meat
   
Mistletoe
   
Monkshood
   
Mountain laurel
   
Mushrooms (amanita muscaria&amanita phalloides)
 
Poisonous.
Nightshade
   
Nuts
 
Any kind – too high in fat.
Oaks
   
Oleander
   
Olives (canned)
 
Pickled or brined vegetables are
NOT safe for guinea pigs
Paprikas
   
Peppers – hot and chiles
   
Philodendron
   
Phytolacca (poke weed, poke berry, ink berry)
   
Pickled vegetables (dill, pickles, capers, sauer kraut)
   
Pine needles
   
Poinciana (bird-of-paradise)
   
Poison hemlock
   
Potato and potato tops (leaves)
   
Pothos
   
Potatoes
 
Poisonous if green or sprouted. Yams and sweet potatoes are OK in moderation.
Privet
   
Pyracantha (firethorn)
   
Raw beans
   
Rhododendron (laurels, rose bay, azalea)
   
Rhubarb
 
Poisonous.
Rosary pea
   
Seeds
 
Choking hazard.
Snowdrop
   
Snow-in-the-mountain (Aegopodium podagraria)
  See Bishop’s Weed
Soda, soda pop
 
High in sugar, caffeine.
Spring adonis (pheasant’s eye)
   
Star-of-bethlehem
   
Strelitzia (bird-of-paradise)
   
Sweet pea
   
Taro
 
Dangerous of eaten unprepared or raw.
Tea
   
Tomatillo – leaves and stalk
 
Poisonous.
Tomato – leaves and stalk
 
Poisonous.
Trumpet flower (chalice vine)
   
Water hemlock
   
Wisteria
   
Yellow oleander (lucky nut, tiger apple, be-still-tree)
   
Yew
   
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  • http://www.happycavy.com/blog HappyCavy

    No :( Milk is not safe. I would avoid probably all Vitakraft products.

  • Marlana Phillips Campbell

    OK thank you!!

  • Marlana Phillips Campbell

    What treats can I give my guinea pigs to teach them tricks?

  • Tim Harb

    I also use the folded c&c grid now. Just if you do fold one make sure it is on the side where there is no seam. I had to learn the hard way after breaking a few.

  • Allyson

    I give my gunnia pig ice burg lettuce and tomatoes and she has lived for 5 years

  • Tamara DiGiovanni

    Awesome information! My question is, are a few plain Cheerios okay to give as a treat? I don’t like pet store treats. I feed plenty of fresh organic foods. I eat Cheerios all the time and you know how bad piggies beg and make you feel for having the audacity to eat in front of them without sharing!

  • Tamara DiGiovanni

    Oh gosh, please ignore my picture! I was on a political topic before I came here!

  • http://www.happycavy.com/blog HappyCavy

    Hi, Tamara! Cheerios, along with any other grain products (cereals, pastas, etc.), are not at all safe for guinea pigs. Don’t feel bad keeping them for yourself!

  • Samantha Clear

    I have ecotrition Guinea pig food and it has small seeds is it safe and healthy?

  • Terry

    To the designer of the Dangerous Foods List…This is the correct spelling of poisonous. Just trying to help :)

  • phoebe wake

    Iceberg lettuce is safe but it just has no nutritional value, which is why it is said to be bad for them, because they are getting nothing out of it :)

  • Lily Hirst

    I’ve given my guinea pigs some of these things are they are perfect when u look at these things just remember they can eat some of them just not on a regular baseis ie, lettece , sweet peas , seeds. Also k noticed there was no avacardo that’s poison for them!

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