Can Guinea Pigs Eat Avocado?

Avocado is everywhere right now, and it goes well in many human foods. However, you should seriously consider before putting any avocado in your guinea pig’s enclosure. After all, the answer to can guinea pigs eat avocado is no.

The Short Answer: Can Guinea Pigs Eat Avocado?

No, guinea pigs should never be given avocado. The skin and pit are particularly poisonous to guinea pigs; the one part they could eat can imbalance several body systems. It’s safer not to include this fruit in the rotation.

Considerations with Avocado

All parts of an avocado contain varying levels of persin, which is toxic for guinea pigs. Persin can cause damage to your guinea pig’s heart muscle, which then requires prompt veterinary care. This problem can even escalate to congestive heart failure.

Additionally, avocado has a high-fat content. Guinea pig digestive systems evolved for grasses primarily. A considerable influx of fat throws their whole system out. That could lead to bloating, diarrhea, and more severe health complications.

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But My Guinea Pigs Love Avocado!

Avocado is not a safe food for guinea pigs. They’ll eat it, often simply because you gave it to them. Many will even enjoy the experience. However, every time you put avocados in their cage, you risk their lives and damage their bodies.

The best thing you can do is stop. If your guinea pigs get persin in sufficient levels, such as an accidental bit of skin, they could die in as little as 24 hours. This action is not something a responsible pet owner should risk.

There are many potential fruits and vegetables your guinea pig can enjoy. You can rotate in all kinds of things to replace the avocado, and none of them will be nearly the risk a single serving of avocado presents.

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