The answer to that question is yes. As you are probably aware, guinea pigs generally feed on fruits and vegetables. If eaten too much, Brussel sprouts can also cause vomiting in your guinea pig. Guinea pigs can also eat Brussel sprouts stalks when they are fresh and green.
But, guinea pigs should never eat cooked Brussel sprouts because guinea pigs are unable to eat cooked foods.
As all other pets, guinea pigs also like a varied diet. Apart from pellets, grass hay and water, there is a wide range of foods that you can give to your guinea pig. Guinea pigs enjoy fresh green vegetables and they should eat them every day. It is best to mix two or three vegetables to feed your guinea pig. But, you must always be sure that these vegetables are safe for your pet.
In this article we will say something about brussel sprouts and their impact on guinea pigs health. Is this vegetable safe for guinea pigs or it should not be a part of guinea pigs diet?
If you are a guinea pig owner, you are probably wondering can you feed your guinea pig brussel sprouts. Read on this text and you will find out.
More about Brussel sprouts
Brussel sprouts are leafy green vegetables that are popular all over the world. Brussel sprouts are actually a type of wild cabbage and they look like tiny cabbages. Raw brussel sprouts contain high levels of vitamins C and K and also vitamins of B complex in smaller amounts.
Due to its high nutritional content, brussel sprouts are very beneficial for people’s health. Cooked brussel sprouts can lower cholesterol levels and they can improve digestion. But, this vegetable is not recommended for people who take anticoagulants, because vitamin K has blood-clotting effects. Brussel sprouts are usually eaten cooked. First we must cut the buds off and then we can boil, roast, fry or grill them.
Are Brussel Sprouts Safe for Guinea Pigs?
If you want to be sure whether your guinea pig can eat certain food or not, you have to take a look at its nutritional content. When it comes to guinea pigs, the most important are the amounts of calcium, phosphorus, vitamin C and fats. Fortunately, brussel sprouts contain high amounts of vitamin C which is very important for guinea pigs health. But, they also contain large amounts of phosphorus and oxelate acid, which is not good for guinea pigs. Brussel sprouts contain a hint of sugar, too.
So, we can say that brussel sprouts are safe for guinea pigs, but they should be eaten moderately. It means that you can feed your guinea pig brussel sprouts once or twice a week. Otherwise, brussel sprouts can cause gas, diarrhea and bloating.
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As you have seen, you can feed your guinea pig brussel sprouts moderately and in small amounts, in order to keep your guinea pig healthy and to avoid any side effects.
Large amounts of brussel sprouts can cause many health issues to your guinea pig. You should always have in mind that moderation is the key of good health. Also read about guinea pigs and peas next.