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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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  • 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!

  • 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!

  • Donovan Eady

    Iceberg lettuce isn’t poisonous, for guineas I used to think so, but then one time a pet sitter fed Porkers my eldest guinea pig a stalk, and it wasn’t on the list, but he’s fine, I just fired the sitter and had a little “chat” with him, but Porky’s fine, and Iceberg lettuce doesn’t have any nutritional value for guineas, so it’s kind of like if your really hungry and you eat a bag of Doritos, your hunger may subside, but your not really getting anything out of it. So in general, don’t feed your pigs Iceberg lettuce because your basically just filling them up.

  • Donovan Eady

    Peppers should be avoided, as well as any kind of grain, like seeds, rice, toast doesn’t pose as a fatal threat, but can give your piggies diarrhea and could make them sick, but they will recover, so avoid wheat and grains, if your food has grain in it, don’t worry, but I’m talking about rice and seeds, try to avoid iceberg lettuce because it has no nutritional value and you will be filling your piggie up. Hope this helps a few people!

  • tabby

    i feed my guinea pigs green beans,carrots,brocolli,dandelion leaves and hay.

  • Haley Mason

    What if your guinea had potato can it kill them? it was a white potato and both of them ate it, but unfourtenly one of mine passed and I don’t know the cause. :(

  • Nicole

    Are the leaves of the Common Nettle ( Urtica Dioica) safe for guinea pig consumption? ( not all plants of this species have bristles that sting)

  • Justine

    I have been seeing a lot of posts about giving guinea pigs iceburg lettuce. DON’T DO IT. Not only is there no nutritional value, it causing bloating, gas, and discomfort. There is no point in giving them iceburg lettuce. Dark greens… Spinach kale and various other types of lettuce that are dark in color. Avoid giving them the stalk as well.

  • StarlaSkyy

    Bitch im not immature because i wanted to know an answer to a question, if i was fucking immature i would have just started feeding them cheese squares. The fuck? Use your damn head. I hope someone punches the hell out of you for being such an ass. I know if i could I would throat punch your stupid ass. But thanks for the information, dipshit.

  • Danielle Radtke

    Hi, I recently got a Guinea pig and he came with Vitacraft complete nutrition and it says that it has ground corn and flaked corn. Is that ok for him to eat?

  • While I’m not familiar with Vitacraft, we wouldn’t feed anything with any type of corn. We find that KMS Hayloft pellets are very good and not very expensive for what you’re getting:

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