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Can Guinea Pigs Eat Parsley? What You Need To Know!
Parsley is a staple in kitchens the world over. It is rich in essential vitamins and minerals such as vitamins A, B, C, as well as potassium and various flavonoids.
As a guinea pig owner, it might have crossed your mind to feed parsley to your piggy so they, too, can enjoy those benefits. But would it be a good idea to feed parsley to guinea pigs?
Yes, guinea pigs can eat parsley, and it would be a great idea to feed this herb to your pet occasionally since it contains nutrients that are essential to guinea pigs. However, the keyword is “occasionally,” as too much parsley can damage a guinea pig’s health. Here is everything you need to know about guinea pigs and parsley.
Benefits of Feeding Parsley to Guinea Pigs
When is Parsley Bad for Guinea Pigs?
While parsley is great for guinea pigs, feeding too much of this herb to a guinea pig can be detrimental to the animal’s health.
The main reason why too much parsley is hazardous to guinea pigs is its high oxalic acid levels.
Therefore, to avoid those issues, regulate the amount of parsley you feed your guinea pig. Experts recommend feeding between 5 and 10 parsley sprigs at a time. Never exceed that quantity. When it comes to the ideal number of times you can feed this herb to your piggy, consider keeping it between 2 and 3 times per week.
Parsley is one of the most nutritious herbs in the world. It is laden with a host of minerals and vitamins that are invaluable towards promoting better health. Fortunately, guinea pigs can also eat this herb and enjoy the same benefits. However, moderation is key, as too much parsley can be hazardous to guinea pigs.
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Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts’ knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.