Top 27 Vitamin C-Rich Vegetables for Guinea Pigs (W/ Photos)

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Vegetables make a healthy part of a guinea pig’s diet. They are mostly sources of healthy nutrients guinea pigs need, especially vitamin C. 

For this reason, it’s a good idea to include them in your cavy’s diet. In this article, I will provide a detailed list of the 27 Best vegetables to feed guinea pigs.

Take Note:

*The vegetables below are ranked by the amount of vitamin C per 100 g they can offer cavies.

Keep reading below… 

Guinea Pig Eating Vegetables
Vegetable Amount of Vitamin C (Per 100 g Serving)
Parsley 133 mg
Bell pepper127.7 mg
Kale120 mg
Broccoli 89.2 mg
Brussel sprouts 85 mg
Dill85 mg
Mustard green70 mg
Cauliflower 48.2 mg
Tomato 39.2 mg
Cabbage36.6 mg
Collard greens35.3 mg
Dandelion 35 mg
Sage32.4 mg
Spinach 28.1 mg
Cilantro 27 mg
Rosemary 21.8 mg
Basil18 mg
Arugula 15 mg
Mint13.3 mg
Sugar snap peas12.2 mg
Green beans12.2 mg
Lettuce 9.2 mg
Carrots 5.9 mg
Asparagus 5.6 mg
Cucumber 3.2 mg
Celery 3.1 mg
Sweet potato 2.4 mg

Parsley

Parsley - A Vitamin C-Rich Vegetable for Guinea Pigs

This vegetable is a very healthy choice for guinea pigs. Parsley equally tastes and smells great, which is common with most herbs. And this is why most guinea pigs love it!

In addition, you can feed your guinea pigs parts of parsley-like the leaves and roots. You should also feel free to use the various kinds of parsley below:

  • Chinese parsley
  • Cow parsley
  • Italian parsley
  • Flat-leaf parsley
  • Curly-leaf parsley 

Furthermore, parsley is at the top of our list due to how well it can benefit guinea pigs. To be specific, parsley has high vitamin C content – about 133 mg per 100 g serving. 

This herb is equally rich in fiber, potassium, and vitamins A and K.

The Benefits:

  • Prevents scurvy
  • Boosts immunity 
  • Eases digestion
  • Improves vision
  • Supports bone and teeth development
  • Improves cardiovascular health

Serving Size: 

Serve guinea pigs about 5-10 twigs of parsley. The calcium content in this veggie is much. 

Calcium can harm your pet if they have an excess of it. Ensure you also feed your guinea pigs this herb only once or twice a week. 

READ THE FULL GUIDE – CAN GUINEA PIGS EAT PARSLEY?

Bell Pepper

Bell Peppers - Vitamin C-Rich Vegetables for Guinea Pigs

Bell peppers are tasty and crispy vegetables, which also make great treats for guinea pigs. That’s right! You can only feed them as treats and in moderate amounts. 

Feel free to feed guinea pigs bell pepper skin, which is the main part. Moreover, don’t serve guinea pigs the seeds or green parts of bell peppers like the leaves and stem

Interestingly, bell pepper, especially the red one, has about 127.7 mg of vitamin C. This veggie is equally rich in vitamins A, B6, B9, and many useful minerals. 

The Benefits:

  • Supports the digestive system
  • Improves vision
  • Boosts immunity 
  • Aids relaxation
  • Helps in hydration

Serving Sizes:

Offer your guinea pig just two wide slices of bell pepper. The sugar content in a bell pepper is pretty high so they need to have this veggie in small amounts.

It’s equally important you serve guinea pigs bell pepper treats occasionally – about twice a week.

RECOMMENDED READING: CAN GUINEA PIGS EAT BELL PEPPERS? 

Kale

Kale - A Vitamin C-Rich Vegetable for Guinea Pigs

Kale is generally one of guinea pigs’ favorite leafy green vegetables. Amazingly, guinea pigs can eat all the parts of kale – the leaves, stems, flowers, and sprouts. 

This leafy green vegetable contains about 120 mg, which is great for guinea pigs. Kale is also loaded with many other useful nutrients for guinea pigs – vitamins A, K, fiber, potassium, and more.

The Benefits:

  • Prevents scurvy
  • Aids digestion 
  • Boosts eyesight
  • Prevents inflammation
  • Aids wound healing
  • Helps check weight
  • Improves cardiovascular health

Serving Size:

Owing to the high calcium content in kale, you should serve your little pet only two small kale leaves.

Additionally, you should offer guinea pig kale for only a day or two in a week to keep things moderate.

READ THE FULL GUIDE – CAN GUINEA PIGS EAT RAW KALE? 

Broccoli 

Broccoli - A Vitamin C-Rich Vegetable for Guinea Pigs

This is another healthy vegetable to offer guinea pigs. Similar to kale, guinea pigs can eat every part of the broccoli plant. This includes the crown, florets, stalks, etc. 

Broccoli is also packed with vitamin C, which is about 89.2 mg. It’s equally rich in fiber, protein, vitamins A, B, K, and many other healthy nutrients. 

Interestingly, broccoli is also a low-sugar vegetable and that’s good news for guinea pigs. 

The Benefits:

  • Prevents scurvy
  • Improves digestion
  • Boosts vision
  • Improves bone and teeth health
  • Helps in hydration

Serving Size:

Feed guinea pigs only half a full-sized broccoli floret. And don’t serve more than 2-3 days a week. 

You should equally stick to serving broccoli only when it’s fresh and raw.

RECOMMENDED READING: CAN GUINEA PIGS EAT BROCCOLI? 

Brussel Sprouts

Brussel Sprouts - Vitamin C-Rich Vegetables for Guinea Pigs

Brussel sprouts make good vegetable treats for cavies. The leaves and stalks are safe for your little pets to eat. This is equally a less fatty veggie which is a good thing for guinea pigs. 

Amazingly, Brussel sprouts also have lots of vitamin C in them – about 85 mg. And this is why it’s a healthy choice for guinea pigs. They’re equally rich in fiber, and potassium, with traces of vitamins A, B-6, and K.

Brussel sprouts are equally less-fatty vegetables, which is what guinea pigs need.

The Benefits:

  • Makes digestion better
  • Prevents scurvy
  • Strong immunity
  • Improves cardiovascular well-being
  • Helps in hydration
  • Prevents inflammation
  • Manages weight

Serving Size:

Feed guinea pigs one to two small Brussel sprouts and not more than twice a week.

SEE THE FULL GUIDE – CAN GUINEA PIGS EAT BRUSSEL SPROUTS? 

Dill

Dill - A Vitamin C-Rich Vegetable for Guinea Pigs

Dill is another healthy herb that makes great veggie treats for guinea pigs. Moreover, it’s tasty and smells great. This has made many guinea pigs fall in love with dill.

Furthermore, apart from dill leaves, the stems and roots are safe for guinea pigs to eat too. But whichever part you feed to your pet, make sure it’s raw and fresh.

Additionally, dill is another vegetable that’s highly rich in vitamin C. It has about 85 mg to offer per 100 g serving. 

Dill equally has other healthy nutrients in it including fiber, protein, potassium, folate, and vitamin A.

The Benefits:

  • Prevents scurvy
  • Aids digestion
  • Supports bone and teeth 
  • Boosts immunity
  • Prevents infections
  • Improves blood health

Serving Size:

The amount of dill to feed guinea pigs ranges from 3-10 strings. It’s fine for younger cavies to have up to ten strings. 

However, older cavies should have lesser amounts. Preferably, less than seven strings.

It’s equally important that you serve dill treats to guinea pigs only 2-3 times weekly. Overfeeding your pet this veggie can cause problems for them.

READ THE FULL GUIDE –  CAN GUINEA PIGS EAT DILL? 

Mustard Green

Mustard Greens - Vitamin C-Rich Vegetables for Guinea Pigs

Leafy greens make great veggie treats for guinea pigs, and mustard greens aren’t an exception. Guinea pigs can eat not only mustard green leaves but also stems and flowers.

In addition, this vegetable is a rich source of vitamin C – about 70 mg. Mustard green equally contains vitamins A, B6, E, dietary fiber, and potassium.

The Benefits:

  • Improves vision
  • Helps in digestion
  • Boosts immunity 
  • Keeps bones and teeth healthy
  • Improves cardiovascular health
  • Helps in relaxation
  • Aids wound recovery

Serving Sizes:

Mustard contains about 115 mg of calcium, which is a lot. This is why you should serve only a single leaf of mustard green to guinea pigs. 

Furthermore, guinea pigs can’t eat mustard green every day. You should only give them mustard green treats once or twice a week.

SEE THE FULL GUIDE – CAN GUINEA PIGS EAT MUSTARD GREENS? 

Cauliflower

Cauliflower - A Vitamin C-Rich Vegetable for Guinea Pigs

Cauliflowers are excellent to prepare as treats for your guinea pigs. Parts of cauliflower that are safe for guinea pigs are the florets, leaves, and stems. 

It’s equally safe for your guinea pigs to have some kinds of cauliflower (e.g. purple and Romanesco cauliflower). Furthermore, cauliflowers are a rich source of vitamin C for guinea pigs – about 48.2 mg per 100 g. 

They’re also rich in fiber and potassium, with traces of vitamins B-6, E, and k. Cauliflower is also a less-fatty vegetable to serve your pet.

The Benefits:

  • Prevents scurvy
  • Smoothens digestion
  • Improves heart health
  • Helps check weight
  • Helps in hydration

Serving Sizes:

Offer guinea pigs about 2-3 cauliflower florets. This is due to the calcium and sugar content. Moreover, make sure not to feed cauliflower treats to your pet more than twice a week. 

You can mix smaller amounts of cauliflower florets with other vegetables when making veggie salads for your pet.

READ THE FULL GUIDE – CAN GUINEA PIGS EAT CAULIFLOWER? 

Tomato

Tomato - A Vitamin C-Rich Vegetable for Guinea Pigs

Fresh ripe tomatoes are healthy, tasty, and juicy vegetables to feed your guinea pigs. However, avoid the green parts of this plant like the leaves and stalks.

Additionally, tomatoes have so much vitamin C to offer your little pet. It contains about 39.2 mg of vitamin C per 100 g. 

Tomato is equally rich in nutrients like fiber and potassium. And this veggie equally contains small amounts of vitamins A, B6, and K.

The Benefits:

  • Prevents scurvy
  • Boost immunity
  • Allows easy digestion
  • Improves cardiovascular health
  • Prevents obesity
  • Helps in hydration 

Serving Sizes:

Offer your guinea pigs only a cherry-sized tomato. You can equally slice it into bits to make it easy for your cavy to eat. And don’t serve tomato treats more than two days a week. 

This moderation is important as tomatoes are high in sugar and calcium which is something to watch out for. 

SEE FULL DETAILS – CAN GUINEA PIGS EAT TOMATOES? 

Cabbage

Cabbage - A Vitamin C-Rich Vegetable for Guinea Pigs

Cabbage is a common healthy leafy vegetable treat for guinea pigs. Additionally, guinea pigs should only eat raw cabbage in small amounts. 

This vegetable is rich in Vitamin C, about 36.6.mg. And this is great for your furry friend’s well-being.

Cabbage also has lots of healthy nutrients packed in it such as vitamins A, D, K, fiber, beta-carotene, etc.

The Benefits:

  • Prevents scurvy
  • Aids digestion
  • Improves eyesight
  • Prevents inflammation
  • Speeds up wound healing

Serving Size:

Offer 1-2 leaves of cabbage to guinea pigs. You can slice the leaves into pieces. This way, it’ll be easier for guinea pigs to eat. 

In addition, do not feed cabbage to guinea pigs more than three days a week.

READ THE FULL GUIDE – CAN GUINEA PIGS EAT RAW CABBAGE? 

Collard Green

Collard Greens - Vitamin C-Rich Vegetables for Guinea Pigs

This is another leafy vegetable guinea pigs can have as a snack and in moderation. Aside from the leaves, guinea pigs can equally eat collard green stems, but not the seeds.

Collard greens are healthy sources of vitamin C for guinea pigs. The amount in this vegetable is 35.3 mg. 

You’ll also find fiber, protein, vitamins A, K, and other healthy nutrients for guinea pigs in this vegetable.

The Benefits:

  • Aids digestion
  • Boosts immunity
  • Improves vision
  • Support bone and teeth development
  • Boosts wound recovery
  • Helps in hydration 

Serving Size:

Note that collard green is high in calcium. Hence, you need to serve them only one leaf of collard green to a guinea pig once a week.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE – DO GUINEA PIGS EAT COLLARD GREENS? 

Dandelion

Dandelion - A Vitamin C-Rich Vegetable for Guinea Pigs

Dandelions are very healthy vegetables to feed guinea pigs as treats.

You should also know that your cavy can have different parts of the dandelion plant aside from the leaves or greens. This includes the stems, flowers, and roots.

Dandelion has a good amount of vitamin C for guinea pigs – about 35 mg per 100 g serving. This herb equally contains vitamins K, fiber, protein, and potassium.

The Benefits:

  • Maintains blood pressure
  • Prevents scurvy
  • Builds strong bones and teeth
  • Allows easy digestion
  • Builds immunity

Serving Sizes:

Feed about 2 small dandelion flowers to guinea pigs. This helps to prevent issues from the high calcium content in dandelions. 

Furthermore, you should serve guinea pigs dandelion treats only 3-4 days a week.

RECOMMENDED READING: CAN GUINEA PIGS EAT DANDELIONS? 

Sage 

Sage - A Vitamin C-Rich Vegetable for Guinea Pigs

This is another healthy herb and vegetable that guinea pigs will love. They’re tasty and have a great aroma. 

Sage has up to 32.4 mg of vitamin C per 100 g serving. Guinea pigs need this nutrient as well as other healthy ones you can find in these veggies. 

They include vitamins A, B-6, K, fiber, protein potassium, etc. 

The Benefits:

  • Supports digestion
  • Boosts immunity
  • Improves vision
  • Supports cardiovascular health
  • Helps in wound recovery

Serving Size:

Sage is pretty high in calcium, about 1,652 mg. This is why you should serve your guinea pig 2-3 leaves only. 

It’s equally important to offer it only a few times a week. A maximum of two days is enough for your guinea pigs to remain safe.

READ THE FULL GUIDE – CAN GUINEA PIGS EAT SAGE? 

Spinach

Spinach - A Vitamin C-Rich Vegetable for Guinea Pigs

This is another leafy green vegetable to prepare as treats for guinea pigs. Many small animals love spinach and guinea pigs are great fans of spinach treats too. 

It contains vitamin C for guinea pigs, about 28.1 mg. This veggie is also a good source of many other healthy nutrients such as fiber, potassium, vitamins A, K, and more.

The Benefits:

  • Supports the digestive system
  • Prevents scurvy
  • Improves eyesight
  • Maintains weight
  • Prevents inflammation
  • Improves cardiovascular well-being

Serving Size:

You should feed guinea pigs 1-2 small spinach leaves and not more than twice a week. This is to avoid the harm calcium and oxalates in spinach can cause to your pet. 

In addition, it’s better to mix the spinach with low-calcium vegetables and serve it to guinea pigs.

SEE FULL DETAILS: CAN GUINEA PIGS EAT RAW SPINACH? 

Cilantro

Cilantro - A Vitamin C-Rich Vegetable for Guinea Pigs

Cilantro, especially the leaves, makes great veggie treats for cavies. Guinea pigs equally love the taste and smell of this vegetable Moreover, the stems and flowers are safe for guinea pigs to eat.

It contains about 27 mg of vitamin C, which is an important nutrient for guinea pigs. Moreover, it’s loaded with many other healthy nutrients such as fiber, potassium, and vitamins A and K.

In addition, cilantro is also a low-calorie and low-fat vegetable. This among many other reasons makes this veggie a healthy choice of treats for guinea pigs.

The Benefits:

  • Smoothens digestion
  • Prevents scurvy
  • Helps check weight
  • Prevents inflammation
  • Helps in hydration

Serving Sizes:

Serve only 10-15 small leaves of cilantro to your guinea pig so they will enjoy the teat without issues. In addition, it’s best if you serve it to them not more than twice a week.  

And it shouldn’t be two straight days in a week. Give some gaps in between.

SEE THE FULL ARTICLE: CAN GUINEA PIGS EAT CILANTRO? 

Rosemary 

Rosemary - A Vitamin C-Rich Vegetable for Guinea Pigs

Rosemary is another healthy herb to serve guinea pigs. Not only can your little pet eat rosemary leaves but also stems and flowers. Nevertheless, only serve rosemary raw and fresh to guinea pigs.

In addition, rosemary contains vitamin C for guinea pigs. And this is about 21.8 per 100 g serving. This herb is equally rich in fiber, potassium, protein, and vitamin B-6.

The Benefits:

  • Prevents scurvy
  • Boosts immunity
  • Smoothens digestion
  • Supports cardiovascular well-being
  • Healthy blood flow

Serving Sizes:

Serve about 1-3 small rosemary leaves to guinea pigs and not more than twice a week. Rosemary is a high-calcium veggie so moderation is the key to serving it to guinea pigs.

READ THE FULL GUIDE – CAN GUINEA PIGS EAT ROSEMARY? 

Basil 

Basil - A Vitamin C-Rich Vegetable for Guinea Pigs

Guinea pigs can also eat basil, only when it’s fresh, raw, and in moderate amounts. The aroma and taste make it an amazing veggie snack for guinea pigs. 

Feel free to serve guinea pigs the stems and leaves of the basil plant. In addition, sweet, Genovese, and Thai basil are also types of basil that are safe for guinea pigs to eat.

Basil contains about 18 mg of vitamin C per 100 g serving. Moreover, this herb is packed with useful nutrients such as fiber, protein, potassium, magnesium, vitamin A, K, etc.

The Benefits:

  • Boosts immunity
  • Improves eyesight
  • Supports digestion
  • Improves cardiovascular health
  • Strengthen bones and teeth
  • Aids wound healing

Serving Sizes:

About 2-3 leaves of basil are just the right amount to feed your cavy. Additionally, offer basil treats to guinea pigs only 2-3 days a week. 

This vegetable is high in calcium so moderation is important.

SEE THE FULL GUIDE: CAN GUINEA PIGS EAT FRESH BASIL? 

Arugula

Arugula - A Vitamin C-Rich Vegetable for Guinea Pigs

Arugula is one of the tasty vegetables to feed your guinea pigs as treats. Other than the leaves, the stems, vines, roots, and flowers are also safe parts of arugula to serve to your furry friend.

Arugula contains 15 g of vitamin C as well as many other nutrients such as fiber, potassium, magnesium, vitamins A, B-6, B-9, K, and more.

The Benefits:

  • Improves digestion
  • Supports cardiovascular well-being
  • Supports bone and teeth health
  • Prevents scurvy
  • Maintains healthy weight

Serving Sizes:

Owing to the high calcium content in arugula, you need to feed guinea pigs a moderate size of about 2-3 leaves.

Moreover, it’s safe to give your guinea pigs arugula treats not more than twice a week.

READ THE FULL GUIDE – CAN GUINEA PIGS EAT ARUGULA? 

Mint

Mint - Vitamin C-Rich Vegetable for Guinea Pigs

Mint is another herb and also a tasty vegetable for guinea pigs to eat as treats. Just like mint leaves, the stems and flowers of mint are equally fine for cavies to eat.

Mint has about 13.3 mg of vitamin C, which isn’t all that rich for a guinea pig. It’s mostly rich in fiber, potassium, vitamin A, and folate.

However, it’s healthier to mix mint with other healthy vegetables for guinea pigs. This should include ones that are both rich in vitamin C and low in calcium.

The Benefits:

  • Aids digestion
  • Improves eyesight
  • Promotes cardiovascular wellbeing
  • Helps prevent scurvy
  • Delays aging

Serving Sizes:

Your guinea pig should have about 1-2 leaves of mint. This is due to its high calcium content. 

Moreover, it’s better to include slices of mint in a vegetable salad. Furthermore, serve guinea pig mint not more than twice a week.

RECOMMENDED READING: CAN GUINEA PIGS EAT MINT? 

Sugar Snap peas

Sugar Snap Peas - Vitamin C-Rich Vegetables for Guinea Pigs

These legumes are among the crunchiest and most tasty vegetables to feed guinea pigs as snacks. In addition, serve your little pet only raw snap peas. Cooked ones will do them no good.

Feel free to serve them the pea, pod, and even sugar snap pea sprouts. In addition, sugar snap peas contain little vitamin C, about 12.2 mg. However, they’re rich in fiber and potassium. 

The Benefits:

  • Eases digestion
  • Improves cardiovascular well-being
  • Supports healthy bone and teeth development
  • Regulates blood sugar levels
  • Promotes wound healing
  • Helps in hydration

Serving Sizes:

Give guinea pigs two pods (with peas inside) of sugar snap peas. Moreover, serve this vegetable only once or twice a week.

Sugar snap pea is high in sugar, and contains calcium, and oxalates. Hence, feeding your pet this moderate amount will keep them safe from the harm excess sugar can cause.

SEE THE FULL ARTICLE – CAN GUINEA PIGS EAT SUGAR SNAP PEAS? 

Green Beans

Green Beans - Vitamin C-Rich Vegetables for Guinea Pigs

Green beans are legumes yet healthy vegetables to feed your guinea pigs as treats. Similar to snap peas, your cavy can eat green bean pods along with the seeds. 

However, you should not feed parts of green beans such as the stems, leaves, a nd vines. They are toxic for cavies.

You should know that this vegetable also has 12.2 mg per 100 g serving for guinea pigs. But that’s not all! Green beans are loaded with many other healthy nutrients for guinea pigs.

They include fiber, protein, potassium, magnesium, and vitamins A, and K. It’s equally a low-fat veggie and that’s a good thing for pets like guinea pigs.

The Benefits:

  • Aids digestion
  • Improves eyesight
  • Supports cardiovascular wellbeing
  • Boosts immunity
  • Helps in hydration

Serving Size:

Offer guinea pigs not more than two strings of green beans. It’s better to slice the strings into small bits for your pets to easily eat them.

Offer green beans to guinea pigs only a few days – about 1-3 times a week. They contain a good amount of oxalate and calcium, and that’s why moderation is important.

SEE FULL DETAILS: CAN GUINEA PIGS EAT GREEN BEANS? 

Lettuce

Lettuce - A Vitamin C-Rich Vegetable for Guinea Pigs

Lettuce is another leafy green vegetable that you can serve as a treat to your pet. They’re crispy and loved by many small animals including guinea pigs.

Lettuce contains 9.2 mg of vitamin c. This amount isn’t as much as the vitamin C many other leafy greens like kale, mustard greens, or cabbage offer to guinea pigs.

However, this vegetable is rich in fiber and potassium among many other healthy nutrients. You should also know that lettuce is low in fats, sugar, and calories. And this is great for guinea pigs.

The Benefits:

  • Aids digestion 
  • Improves eyesight
  • Helps prevent scurvy
  • Boosts immunity
  • Helps in hydration
  • Maintains blood sugar levels

Serving Sizes:

Serve guinea pigs 1-2 small lettuce leaves. Additionally, you should serve them this veggie treat not more than twice a week.

A better way to serve guinea pigs lettuce is to mix it with other vegetables. And guinea pigs can eat lettuce this way up to 4 times a week.

READ THE FULL GUIDE – CAN GUINEA PIGS EAT LETTUCE? 

Carrots 

Carrots - Vitamin C-Rich Vegetables for Guinea Pigs

Carrot is an excellent addition to the list of vegetables to feed your guinea pigs. They make great treats that guinea pigs can’t resist. Moreover, you can feed your pet carrot tops, leaves, and peels too. 

Additionally, carrots contain about 5.9 mg of vitamin C per 100 g serving. And this is pretty low to meet a guinea pig’s vitamin C needs. 

Nevertheless, carrot is still a healthy vegetable as it contains some other healthy nutrients. They include beta-carotene, vitamin A, Vitamin C, Fiber, and many more.

The Benefits:

  • Improves eyesight
  • Boosts immunity
  • Eases digestion
  • Maintains fluid balance
  • Build strong bones and teeth

Serving Sizes:

Carrots have high sugar content so you should feed each guinea pig a slice of carrot, about an inch in size. And offer it to them no more than twice a week. 

READ THE FULL GUIDE – CAN GUINEA PIGS EAT CARROTS? 

Asparagus

Asparagus - A Vitamin C-Rich Vegetable for Guinea Pigs

This is another delicious vegetable to add to your guinea pig’s veggie diet plan. Asparagus is tasty and healthy for guinea pigs, but only safe in moderation.

The amount of vitamin C in asparagus is low – about 5.6 mg. Besides this isn’t enough to meet a guinea pig’s vitamin C needs.

Moreover, there are also traces of vitamins A, B-6, E, and K. Asparagus is mostly rich in fiber, protein, and potassium which are equally good for your cavy’s health.

The Benefits:

  • Prevents scurvy
  • Improves digestion
  • Supports bones and teeth development 
  • Boosts immune system
  • Prevents inflammation
  • Regulates weight
  • Prevents heart problems

Serving Sizes:

Serve 1/4th cup of asparagus leaves to guinea pigs, preferably mixed with other vegetables.

It’s equally important that guinea pigs have asparagus only once or twice a week.

SEE THE FULL ARTICLE – CAN GUINEA PIGS EAT ASPARAGUS? 

Cucumbers

Cucumbers - Vitamin C-Rich Vegetables for Guinea Pigs

Cucumbers are juicy and can be treated as treats, especially during summer. Surprisingly, this vegetable is low in calcium.

In addition, guinea pigs eat the leaves and skin of cucumbers. Aside from the regular cucumber, Mini, English, and lemon cucumbers are safe for guinea pigs to eat.

Vitamin C in cucumber is about 3.2 mg, which isn’t enough for cavies. A good thing about this veggie is that it’s less fatty and low in sugar. 

Cucumber also contains potassium, fiber, and many antioxidants for guinea pigs’ well-being. 

The Benefits:

  • Helps check weight
  • Promotes relaxation
  • Helps in hydration
  • Improves cardiovascular wellbeing 
  • Aids wound healing

Serving Sizes:

Two thin slices of cucumber are okay for a guinea pig to eat. In addition, guinea pigs should only have cucumber treats not more than 4 times a week.

RECOMMENDED READING: CAN GUINEA PIGS EAT CUCUMBERS? 

Celery

Celery - A Vitamin C-Rich Vegetable for Guinea Pigs

Celery stalks are great snacking options for cavies to eat. The crunchy and crispy nature is just something these little herbivores will love.

You can feed guinea pigs celery leaves and roots of this vegetable, but you should avoid the peels or strings. Additionally, if you’re looking for low-sugar veggies for your pet, celery is a good option.

You should know that celery has about 3.1 mg of vitamin C to offer, which isn’t enough for guinea pigs. Other healthy nutrients in celery include fiber, potassium, magnesium, vitamin A, B-6, B-9, etc.

The Benefits:

  • Aids digestion
  • Promotes good eyesight
  • Helps reduce inflammation
  • Improves immunity
  • Helps in hydration

Serving Sizes:

Feed guinea pigs only one-sixth of the celery stalk. It’s equally important that you feed your pet celery only once or twice a week.

READ THE FULL GUIDE – CAN GUINEA PIGS EAT RAW CELERY? 

Sweet Potato

Sweet potatoes are just fine for them to eat as vegetable snacks. They are not toxic for guinea pigs like regular potatoes, which guinea pigs can’t eat.

Even parts of sweet potato plat like the peels, skin, leaves, and vines are safe for guinea pigs to eat. However, stick to feeding guinea pigs only raw sweet potatoes.

This vegetable doesn’t have so much vitamin C to offer guinea pigs like the vegetables at the top of our list. It only has about 2.4 mg per 100 g serving.

Nevertheless, sweet potatoes are good sources of fiber, potassium, and many other useful nutrients for guinea pigs’ wellbeing.

The Benefits:

  • Aids digestion
  • Boosts vision
  • Helps build immunity
  • Aid neurological performance 
  • Improve cardiovascular health

Serving Sizes:

Offer guinea pigs only two cube slices (an inch in size) of sweet potato. You should serve sweet potatoes more than twice a week. 

Moderation is important as this vegetable has sugar and oxalates.

RECOMMENDED READING: CAN GUINEA PIGS EAT SWEET POTATO? 

Guinea Pig Vegetable Chart

CTRO: pdsa.org.uk

Whichever veggie on this chart you serve to guinea pigs, always feed guinea moderate amounts. That’s how it becomes safe for them to eat.

You should also know that guinea pigs have preferences like humans. Your cavy might not like a particular veggie other guinea pigs like. And that’s fine! 

In such a case, all you need to do is try out another veggie. It’s equally not proper to feed them one particular vegetable treat every time. 

Often swap the vegetables you feed them often. It’s all about adding variety to your cavy’s diet. 

Guinea Pigs Veggie Feeding Schedule:

Vegetable Maximum No. of Times a Week
Parsley 2 days
Bell pepper2 days
Kale2 days
Broccoli 2-3 days
Brussel sprouts 2 days
Dill2-3 days
Mustard green2 days 
Cauliflower 2 days
Tomato 2 days
Cabbage3 days
Collard greens1 day
Dandelion 3-4 days
Sage2 days
Spinach 2 days
Cilantro 2 days
Rosemary 2 days
Basil2-3 days
Arugula 2 days
Mint2 days
Sugar snap peas2 days
Green beans3 days
Lettuce 2 days
Carrots 2 days
Asparagus 2 days
Cucumber 4 days
Celery 2 days
Sweet potato 2 days

Final Thoughts

To conclude, that’s our list of the best vegetables to feed your guinea pigs. Now you can make out veggie treats for your pet. But here are a few tips to remember. 

Guinea pigs don’t produce vitamin C in their bodies and they need this nutrient daily to stay healthy. For this reason, you should mostly go for veggies with high vitamin C content. 

You should also know that guinea pigs will remain safe eating a vegetable that is high in calcium. The key is moderation! 

Additionally, these little creatures do well with only raw food. And this applies to vegetable treats too. Hence, whichever veggie you feed them, it should never be cooked.

No doubt, vegetables are healthy additions to a guinea pig’s diet and you now know the ones to include. What about the foods you shouldn’t include? 

Click here to see the list of foods you should never give your guinea pig!


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