Blueberry is a tiny sweet, juicy blue or purple berry which is edible, grows in clusters. Mainly it is a North American shrub.
It is a healthy fruit with many nutritional values. That’s why it is so good for human beings, but the question is—can guinea pigs eat blueberries?
Personally, I just love blueberries. So I wanted to feed this tasty berry to my pets, but we all know how sensitive the stomach of a Guinea Pig is. So I was a little worried about feeding blueberries to my innocent Guinea Pigs.
At last, I decided to do some research and make a conclusion. I’ve also talked with a veterinarian and gathered a bulk of knowledge.
This article is for those who want to feed their pets blueberries and love to experiment with their Guinea Pigs.
Types and Nutritional Value of Blueberries:
Blueberries are rich in fiber, Vitamin C, and Vitamin K, and they are low in calories. There are two types of blueberries— Highbush blueberries:
- Most common variety in the US.
- Lowbush or wild blueberries: Relatively smaller, but rich in antioxidants.
148 grams or 1 cup blueberries contain—
|Nutrients||Amounts (148 grams or 1 cup blueberries contain)|
24% of RDI
36% of RDI
25% of RDI
Health Benefits of Blueberries:
As the blueberries are rich in vitamins and fibers, it plays an important role to fix our internal body function.
1.Acts as Antioxidants: Free radicals are unstable molecules. They damage our cells and contribute to many diseases. Blueberries work as an antioxidant that protects our body from free radicals.
The main antioxidant present in blueberry is flavonoids.
2.Rescue DNA Damage: DNA damage is one of the reasons behind getting older. Also, it can act as a risk factor for cancer. Blueberries can reduce DNA damage as well as the risk of developing cancer.
3.Decrease Blood Pressure: Blueberries can reduce the risk of high blood pressure as it contains some nutrients that are helpful for reducing heart diseases.
4. Maintain Brain Function: The berries can improve our memory as they are beneficial for the neurons. They can maintain brain function as well.
5.Anti Diabetic Effect: Some studies have shown that berries have anti diabetes effect. It also helps to improve insulin sensitivity.
6.Urinary Tract Infection (UTI): For women, it is a common problem. The berries can reduce the risk of urinary tract infection.
7.Reduce Inflammation: The berries are good source of anti inflammatory nutrients that may help to decrease the risk of inflammation.
Know more about best food for guinea pigs.
Characteristics of Guinea Pigs:
- It is a rodent-like pocket pet.
- Usually, they are approx. 10 to 11 inches long
- Their weight is around 2.5 pounds.
- They have constantly erupting teeth.
- They love to play with one another.
Typical Food for Guinea Pigs:
- The best guinea pig food is Timothy hay
- Around 10% of their food can be vegetables and fruits.
- About 30-40% vitamin C they need from their diet.
- Guinea Pig food should be of low fats and sugar.
- Chlorine free fresh water.
Is It Okay to Feed Blueberry to a Guinea Pig?
Well, now we have learned about some basic health benefits of blueberry, and some characteristics of a Guinea Pig. So we can answer the question, right?
Yes, it is okay to food your Guinea Pigs a little amount of blueberry.Now you may ask what exactly I mean by ‘little amount’?
Usually, one or two blueberries are enough for one guinea pig. You should not feed more than two blueberries to your loving pet, otherwise many health related problems will develop.
Diet Plan of Blueberry for Guinea Pigs:
A guinea pig should eat around ¼-½ cup of food every day. These can be fresh fruits or vegetables.
If you have any confusion about your pet’s diet, you can purchase guinea pig food from online stores, but do not feed only blueberries to your guinea pigs.
The best way to feed blueberry as an occasional treat. Try to avoid feeding blueberry to Guinea Pigs daily; it will not be that effective.
If your guinea pig does not eat blueberries on time, it will become unsafe to eat as time passes.
So if the Guinea Pig does not eat blueberries and it remains at the cage for 12 to 24 hours, then you should discard them as soon as possible.
Do not feed your pet blueberries two days in a row. You can give them blueberries once or twice per week.
How to Feed Blueberry to Piggy:
- For feeding berries, you will need some fresh blueberries, cutting board, and knife.
- At first, wash the berries thoroughly, remove diets, pesticides, and chemicals.
- Cut the berries into small pieces if they are large in size.
- If the berries are small in size, you don’t need to cut them.
- Always consult with your vet before feeding any new fruit or vegetable to your pet.
How Many Blueberry Can Be Feed to Your Piggy?
When you are thinking to include a new food in the diet chart of your Piggy, you should always handle it slowly and carefully.
You should start off by feeding your guinea pig just a little piece of blueberry. Then you need to observe your piggy for 12 to 24 hours.
If any adverse reaction occur, such as—diarrhoea, decreased energy, etc. you should immediately stop giving blueberry to your pet and consult with a veterinarian.
But most of the Guinea Pigs take blueberry very well.
If your cavy does not show any discomfort or unusual behaviour, you can increase the amount of blueberry gradually.
Always remember you should serve only one or two small blueberries to your piggy in a day.
Can Your Piggy Eat Blueberry Stems?
Yes, your loving pet can enjoy blueberry stems. The texture of short and thin stems are not too tough, so its okay for them to chew it.
The blueberry branches are good for their teeth. They have erupting teeth, so the branches can keep them healthy. Before giving berry branches, make sure to remove all dirt and dead leaves from the branches.
But if your piggy does not like blueberry, you should not give them at all.
The berry leaves also have much antioxidants, and their sugar content is low. So surely the pigs can have more benefits from the leaves.
Guinea Pigs can have berry leaves and they are less harmful than blueberry itself.
Can Your Pigs Eat Blueberry Muffins?
Guinea Pigs can not eat cooked food because of their sensitive stomach. Blueberry muffins are dangerous for your pet, they can’t eat them, so they should be avoided.
Can Guinea Pigs Eat Raspberry?
Your pigs can eat raspberry only after moderation. Raspberry also contains antioxidants, vitamin C, fiber, so it is good for their health, too.
But if you feed too much raspberry, there will be serious health issues, as raspberry also contains high amount of sugar.
Whether Guinea Pigs Like Blueberry or Not?
Guinea pigs like to taste different types of food. Even sometimes they eat some foods that are harmful for them.
They love to eat different types of vegetables and fruits besides their regular diet chart.
They also love the mouth watering sweet blueberries and enjoy eating. Most of the Guinea Pigs like all types of berries.
Can Baby Guinea Pigs Eat Blueberries?
We all know that how much important the breast milk is for a baby whether it is human or animal. Like human beings, the baby Guinea Pig also need their food from their mother.
First few weeks of life they should only eat breast milk, good quality hay, water and pellets. During this time they should not have berries.
But when the baby piggy start to eat other foods, you can introduce berries to them, just do not rush to feed them for experiment.
Is It Okay to Give Your Piggy Frozen Berries?
You may love to keep frozen berries and use them later in cooking, but when it comes to your pet, you should not do it at all.
Guinea Pigs can not eat chilled berries. You should always give them fresh food. But if the frozen berries are defrosted on room temperature and unprocessed, you can feed them to your pet.
Baby piggy should not have frozen berries at all, because their stomach can not handle them.
Guinea Pigs have very weak digestive system, so try to avoid feeding them frozen food.
Benefits of Feeding Blueberry to your Piggy:
Blueberry can be good food for your Guinea pig as it has some health benefits. The berries have a good amount of vitamin C, which is essential for guinea pigs.
Guinea Pigs may suffer from scurvy due to the deficiency of vitamin C. If you feed berries to your Piggy, the vitamin C present in the berries can meet the need of your pet’s body. So, it can prevent scurvy.
There are many health benefits of blueberry in human beings, but we are not sure whether they can work in Guinea Pig’s body or not.
Are Blueberries Unsafe for Your Piggy?
Blueberries can be harmful to your pet if you give them too many berries. So, it is important to monitor the behavior of the Guinea Pigs after giving them blueberries.
If the pieces of berries are too big for your Piggy, it may face choking hazards.
If you do not clean the berries properly, then your Piggy will eat the dirt, chemicals along with the berries, that may develop side effects.
Digestive upset, such as—anorexia, lethargy, dehydration, diarrhea, etc. can occur if you feed too many berries to your Guinea Pigs.
Blueberry tastes sweet as they contain a high amount of sugar that is also harmful to guinea pigs. It is too hard to digest for the fragile stomach of your pet. It may lead to obesity.
Frozen or dried berries can contain harmful additives that are not good for their health, so always try to feed fresh food to your pet.
Most of the fruits, including berries, contain acids that can give your pet discomfort. It also causes increased acidity levels and mouth sores.
If you notice these types of signs to your pet, immediately consult with a local vet.
Alternative Food for Your Piggy:
Most of the fruits and vegetables are not harmful for your pet, unless the amount is limited. But unfortunately, some foods that are not harmful to us, may be toxic for the Guinea Pigs.
The Guinea Pigs can not produce vitamin C in their body, so they have to take vitamin C through diet. Blueberries are mainly important for guinea pigs for their high vitamin C content.
Luckily, many alternative food of blueberry contain large amount of vitamin C. If your pet does not like berries, you can feed the other vitamin C riched food.
However, I am going to tell you about some safe food for your piggy. If you keep the frequency and quantity of food within limit, they will not harm your pet.
The foods are—zucchini, cilantro, grapes, pineapple, oranges, melon, mangoes, spinach, broccoli, kale, etc.
Some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):
1.Can Guinea Pigs eat banana?
Your pigs can eat bananas, but feeding too much bananas can upset their stomach. Also, banana contains sugar. So it is not safe to feed them daily. You can give them bananas once or twice a week.
2.Can Guinea Pigs eat tomato?
Tomato is a red, orange or green vegetable that is loaded with antioxidants and vitamins. Also, it contains a lot of water. So it is good for your pigs. Yes, they can eat tomato sometimes.
The Bottom Line:
Guinea Pigs are so lovely and innocent animal. They are weak and fragile as well. So whatever you want to feed them, the first thing you need to do is talking with your vet or at least do a search on Google. Once you become sure about the food, you can introduce it to your pet.
That is all from my side. I hope this article is gonna be helpful for you. If you have any confusion, don’t forget to comment below.