Guinea Pig Food Safety

 

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All the wild plants and weeds we’ve listed below can be foraged and fed to your guinea pigs:

  • Apple & Pear Leaves & Twigs
  • Birch Leaves & Twigs
  • Bramble Tips
  • Broadleaf Plantain
  • Burdock
  • Chickweed
  • Cleavers (Sticky Weed)
  • Coltsfoot
  • Dandelion
  • Dead Nettle
  • Grasses
  • Ground Elder (Young leaves only and before flowering)
  • Groundsel
  • Hairy Vetch
  • Hawthorn
  • Hazel Leaves & Twigs
  • Herb Robert
  • Mallow
  • Meadowsweet
  • Pineapple Weed
  • Raspberry Leaves
  • Red Clover
  • Ribwort Plantain
  • Shepherds Purse
  • Sow Thistle
  • Vetch
  • Yarrow

 

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Common plants that are toxic or unsafe for guinea pigs

We have included many of the more common toxic plants, trees, shrubs, flowers and weeds below that you may find in your garden or in the wild. 

Bear in mind that this list isn’t exhaustive. So don’t assume that a plant is ok if it’s not on this list. It’s always safest to assume a plant is unsuitable for your guinea pigs unless you know for sure it’s safe for them to eat.

  • Acacia
  • Aconite (also known as Monkshood, Wolf’s Bane, Leopard’s Bane, Devil’s Helmet, Blue Rocket)
  • Anemone
  • Arum
  • Autumn crocus
  • Beech
  • Bindweed (convolvulus)
  • Black nightshade
  • Bluebell
  • Boxwood
  • Bracken
  • Bryony
  • Buttercup
  • Celandine
  • Christmas Rose
  • Clematis
  • Columbine
  • Corn cockle (a wildflower)
  • Daffodil
  • Daisy
  • Deadly nightshade (Belladonna)
  • Dock when seeding and after seeding
  • Dog mercury
  • Elder
  • Figwort
  • Fool’s parsley
  • Foxglove
  • Gypsophila
  • Hemlock
  • Henbane
  • Honeysuckle
  • Horse chestnut
  • Horsetails
  • Hyacinth
  • Iris/flag
  • Ivy (including berries)
  • Laburnum
  • Larkspur (or delphinium)
  • Laurel
  • Lenten rose
  • Lily of the valley
  • Lobelia
  • Lords and ladies (also known as Devils and Angels, Adam and Eve, Cuckoo Pint or Snakes Head)
  • Love in a mist (also known as bird’s nest or Nigellas)
  • Lupins
  • Mares tails
  • Oak
  • Poppies
  • Potato or its leaves
  • Privet
  • Ragwort
  • Rhododendron
  • Rhubarb leaves and stalk
  • Scarlet pimpernel (mostly found growing by chickweed)
  • Scarlet runner foliage
  • Snowdrop
  • Sorrel
  • Speedwell
  • Spurge
  • Toadflax (also known as common toadflax, yellow toadflax, bread and butter, butter and eggs)
  • Tomato leaves (the tomato itself is safe)
  • Travellers joy (old man’s beard)
  • Wood anemone
  • Yew

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