Can Guinea Pigs Eat Peaches?

The peach season arrives every summer, and there’s nothing like biting into a juicy one. However, you may wonder, “Can guinea pigs eat peaches?” as you enjoy the seasonal treat. So, let’s dig into peaches!

The Short Answer: Can Guinea Pigs Eat Peaches?

Guinea pigs can eat peaches, but peaches must be offered in strict moderation. Peaches are high in sugar and on the acidic side, so while guinea pigs may love them, but you must moderate how much they get.

Considerations with Guinea Pigs and Peaches

All fruits have natural sugar, though peaches are definitely on the higher side. Since guinea pig digestive systems did not evolve to handle a lot of sugar, they can give guinea pigs a sugar rush and digestive system troubles if you do not enforce moderation.

Additionally, peaches are on the acidic side. This acidity can cause mouth sores and digestive upset for your guinea pigs. If this is your first time introducing peaches, you want to watch closely for diarrhea or a change in eating habits.

How to Serve Guinea Pigs Peaches

As with all fruits and vegetables, serving must start with a thorough washing. Whether you’re serving regular or organic, the peach could have contaminants on it that may harm your guinea pigs.

Guinea pigs can have the skin and flesh of the peach but not the pit. Some people still peel the peach since removing the skin reduces the chances of contamination. Then, you need to slice the peach.

Guinea pigs can be offered one small slice of peach per week as part of a balanced rotation of fruits and vegetables. Remember, you should never feed your guinea pig canned or cooked peaches.

Nutrients in Peaches

Vitamin C

Peaches have a moderate amount of vitamin C, which is essential for guinea pigs. Guinea pigs cannot make their own vitamin C, so they have to get it from their diet. Peaches are a reasonable source as part of a fresh food rotation.

Potassium

Potassium is critical for muscle and nerve function. It also helps cells move nutrients and waste properly, which improves your guinea pig’s overall ability to function. After all, cells are the building blocks.

Phosphorous

Phosphorus is vital for growth, maintenance, and repair. Phosphorous is critical to keeping DNA and RNA in good shape, preventing miscopying that can lead to diseases like cancer.

Antioxidants

Antioxidants limit the damage done by free radicals. Free radicals are produced as your guinea pig breaks down food or is exposed to environmental factors. Antioxidants can limit the risk of cancer and certain other diseases.

Water

Water is vital for all body systems. Peaches are about 89% water, so they’re up there on the amount of water your guinea pig gets simply from enjoying a good snack. It’s a great option on a hot day.

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