Pea pods are a legume, a variety of pea which is eaten whole in its pod while still unripe. They are also known as snow peas or mangetout. The garden pea pods have different names, like sweet peas or English peas.
Peas have mane health benefits for human beings, but can guinea pigs eat garden pea pods? Well, I know this question is very confusing. In this article, I’ll try to clear all the confusion and misconception about this topic.
At first, we need to know about the health benefits of Pea Pods.
• Digestion : The high fiber content of Pea Pods helps to maintain a good digestive health.
• Source of Iron : Peas are a good source of Iron which helps to combat figure and gives strength.
• Boosts Immunity : They contain a good amount of Vitamin C which helps to boost the Immune system.
• Improves Eye Sight : Peas contain Carotenoid Pigment Lutein which helps to boost eyesight.
So it can be said that there are some health benefits of feeding pea pods to your Guinea Pigs, but there are still some confusion about Guinea Pig food.
Nutrition Facts of Pea Pods :
Nutritional value of Pea Pods per 100grams are below—
• Water = 88.89%
• Energy = 176 Kilo Jull or 42 kilo calories,
• Lutein Zeaxanthin = 630 micro grams
• Vitamin A = 1087 IU
• Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) = 0. 150mg
• Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) = 0. 08mg
• Vitamin B3 (Niacin) = 0.6mg
• Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid) = 0.75mg
• Vitamin B6 = 0.16mg
• Vitamin B9 = 42 micro gram
• Vitamin B12 = 0
• Choline = 17.4mg
• Vitamin C = 60mg
• Vitamin D = 0
• Vitamin E = 0.39mg
• Vitamin K = 25 micro gram
• Carbohydrate = 7.55
• Sugar = 4
• Dietary fiber = 2.6
• Fat = 0.2
• Protein = 2.8
• Calcium = 43mg
• Iron = 2.08mg
• Magnesium = 24mg
• Manganese = 0.244mg
• Phosphorus = 53mg
• Potassium = 200mg
• Sodium = 4mg
• Zinc = 0.27
From the list above, we’ve come to know that pea pods contain a high amount of water, phosphorus and acidic contents, but quantity of other contents are very few. So, in a nutshell it can be said that Pea Pods are not that good for Guinea Pigs for its high amount of water and acidic ingredients.
If you feed a lot of Pea Pods to your Guinea Pigs, they will become sick. However, Guinea Pigs can eat pea pods in small amounts. I recommend you to feed them Pea Pods up to four times a week. Also it is a great idea to vary them with other vegetables which are safe for the Guinea Pigs.
Can Guinea Pigs Eat Frozen Peas?
It is not wise to feed frozen Pea Pods to your Guinea Pigs, not even other vegetables. Because they are too hard for them to chew. Remember that they have sensitive tummies, so you should pay more attention to what you give them.
Many people give their pets frozen legume after warming up, but it is better to feed them fresh vegetables. Now you must be thinking that what can Guinea Pigs eat? Don’t worry, now I am going to tell about the best Guinea Pig food.
Ideal Food for Guinea Pigs :
Guinea Pigs are herbivores, so pelleted guinea pig food, limited amount of fresh vegetables and fruits should be included in their diet chart. Because of their sensitive stomach, an imbalanced diet can cause chronic diarrhea, obesity, disease of liver, lungs and heart.
You can feed various types of vegetables to your pet, such as— carrots, peas, broccoli spears, spinach, artichokes, kale, tomatoes, green and red bell peppers etc. To meet the deficiency of vitamin C, you should also feed your pet some fruits, such as— orange, apple, strawberry, blueberry, papaya, cucumber etc.
Vitamin C is very important for guinea pigs as it prevents them from scurvy.
Commercial guinea pig foods are known as Pellets which are specially formulated to provide balanced diet with the ideal amount of Vitamin C and other essential nutrients. So you can choose pelleted food for your pets as well.
Foods to Avoid for Guinea Pigs :
Though you can give many types of vegetables and fruits to your pet, some foods are not recommended tor them at all. They are— onions, garlic, mushroom, avocado, nuts, potato, seeds, corn, peanut butter, cabbage, dairy products, bread, meat etc.
Things to Keep in Mind :
As Guinea Pigs do not have a strong stomach, you should keep in mind some important matter while feeding them. They are—
• If you notice any signs of illness such as— sneezing, crusty eyes, weight loss, hair loss or diarrhea, take them to their veterinarian immediately.
• They have a high risk of developing scurvy as they can not synthesize Vitamin C. So feed them about 30-50mg of Vitamin C daily.
• Never feed your guinea pigs any kind of plants, flowers or grass, because houseplants are toxic for your pet.
• Thoroughly wash all the vegetables and fruits before feeding them to your Guinea Pigs.
• If you want to feed your pet some new vegetables, slowly introduce them to your pet.
• Guinea Pigs require Hay fiber for their proper digestion. Chewing Hay is also helps to wear down their continuously growing teeth.
• Feed your pet on a regular schedule. It is enough to feed them twice a day, morning and evening.
• Always try to give them fresh fruits and vegetables.
So that’s all about the food of a Guinea Pig. After reading the whole article, I hope you will be able to know about the foods to eat and foods not to eat for a Guinea Pig and also you will have a clear concept about Can guinea pigs eat garden pea pods or not.
If you have any query, feel free to comment below.