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Dangerous Guinea Pig Food List – Unsafe Foods

Published: 8/23/2010 | Author: Hammy | Updated: 2/19/2014

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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.

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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
 
Poinsonous.
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)
 
Poinsonous.
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
 
Poinsonous.
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
 
Poinsonous.
Tomato – leaves and stalk
 
Poinsonous.
Trumpet flower (chalice vine)
   
Water hemlock
   
Wisteria
   
Yellow oleander (lucky nut, tiger apple, be-still-tree)
   
Yew
   
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  • kara

    what would happen if they ate pine neddles

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

    Pine needles are toxic to guinea pigs. The result of eating them could be anything from debilitating illness to death. If you suspect that guinea pig has eaten pine needles, schedule an appointment with a guinea pig vet ASAP.

  • Erica Hardison

    is it ok for guinea pigs to eat baby food?

  • Sophie Taouk

    Are fresh, non canned olives safe to eat?

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

    Without knowing the ingredients, I would safe to say it’s probably not safe for guinea pigs.

  • Julie Gilmore

    I have 4 guinea pigs that love to eat kale. But, this is the second time that I have bought the kale, came home to wash and chop it, and found some little bugs on it. So, I looked up what they were, and it seems like they are aphids. It also said that aphids are on a lot of kale, and sometimes you can’t even see them. It’s gross to think that the pigs and I have been eating buggy kale. But, my question is, if the pigs accidentally eat these aphids, can it make them sick or give them some kind of mites or anything? Can it effect them in any way that would be bad?

  • Tim Harb

    I also put a folded pan with the hay in it. I buy grass hay bales so i can change it quite often with a very low price. I just make sure to get it with some green in it and also will mix some green alfalfa in mine. especially since mine are just a few months old.

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

    Great idea! Thanks for sharing, Tim!

  • Bella

    My guinea pig, Rocco, won’t eat unless I put treats in his pellets. I don’t want to give him too many treats, but I also don’t want him to stop eating his pellets! What should I do?

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

    Give him only hay and pellets. When he’s hungry for them, he’ll eat them, I’m sure of it.

    Guinea pigs are able to live on timothy hay alone, and many Humans think a “timothy hay only diet” is ideal. But to do this, the hay must be high quality.

  • cara

    what happens if my guinea pig eats garlic? -just wondering

  • chris

    my guinea pig somehow managed to grab a chilli pepper (picled) last night now he sounds weezy and not himself this morning can u help

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

    Unfortunately, there’s not much help we can provide as we’re not licensed veterinarians. So it’s time for a trip to the vet! You can refer to the Guinea Pig Vet Directory to find a guinea pig doc near you: wheek.it/vets.

  • Felicity Burkett

    Can they eat chesse?

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

    Nope!

  • Piper

    Can my

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

    They shouldn’t “eat” them as food, but they can chew on the tubes to trim their teeth (make sure to remove or carefully cut away each piece with glue!). They shouldn’t have the paper provided to them at all.

  • Piper

    Thank You so much!!!!!!!

  • Piper

    Can/should they chew on dyed/colored wood or not?

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

    Yep, as long as it is animal safe, non-toxic dye, and if the wood is guinea pig safe. :)

  • Piper

    thank you!

  • jess

    They have eaten a couple of leaves of English Ivy, what will happen!?

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

    I am not entirely sure, as it can cause discomfort, but has a low toxicity level. You should place a call with your vet immediately to get their expert opinion.

  • Piper

    Some food has corn should i take it out or can i leave it?

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

    Take it out. And, in the future, purchase pellets without corn. Local feed stores are a great place to find timothy hay-only pellets for guinea pig adults. To find local feed stores, use a search string like “feed store timothy hat pellets [CITY NAME HERE]“)

  • Syd

    Our guinea pigs have eaten oak leaves my little sister gave them. Could this kill them?

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

    Your guinea pig should be OK, they can tolerate oak tree leaves. But I don’t recommend feeding them oak tree leaves with any kind of frequency.

  • sadie

    I’ve been giving my guinea pigs pepper since I got them 3 years ago and they’ve been fine? Well one of them, Bert died this morning and I’m really not sure why! My mum found him just on his side and he was gone :( any suggestions on why he died? would he have been in pain? he’s been acting fine until about yesterday when he was being a bit shy and timid, usually he’s right at me for food when I come out to feed him! :( so upset :(

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