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Can Guinea Pigs Eat Sugar Snap Peas? Nutritional Facts & Info (Vet-Approved)!

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Knowing what to feed your guinea pig can be surprisingly complicated. There are foods that you’d think would be safe but aren’t, while other foods are completely safe.

You’d be forgiven, then, for not knowing whether it’s okay to give your sugar snap peas to your guinea pig.

It turns out that sugar snap peas are safe for guinea pigs in moderation. Below, we’ll walk you through everything you need to know about feeding your pet these delicious treats.

divider-guineapigAre Sugar Snap Peas Safe for Guinea Pigs?

There is nothing toxic or inherently unsafe about feeding sugar snap peas to your guinea pig. These peas are also sometimes referred to as snap peas.

Most guinea pigs love them, so they’re a great way to reward your little buddy for doing a good job of being cute. They’ll usually gobble down as many as you offer them, so it’s up to you to limit their intake.

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Guinea pigs require a cup of fresh vegetables on a daily basis. Snap peas can be added to this serving, however, it’s important to offer vegetables to your pets with a lot of variety. Peas shouldn’t be the only vegetable you offer them as their vegetable intake for the day.

You may need to “string” them before serving them. That means removing the membranous string that runs the length of the pod.

What Are the Benefits of Feeding My Guinea Pig Sugar Snap Peas?

These veggies are filled with a variety of important vitamins and nutrients.

Sugar snap peas are mostly water, so eating them will go a long way to keeping your pet’s thirst at bay. Getting enough water is a great way to stay healthy in general, and a daily serving of vegetables can help your guinea pig stay hydrated.

They’re packed with vitamin C, which is important for guinea pigs, as it helps prevent scurvy. Scurvy is a big problem for guinea pigs because, unlike many other animals, guinea pigs aren’t able to manufacture their own vitamin C.

Can Sugar Snap Peas Be Detrimental for Guinea Pigs?

When offered in appropriate amounts, sugar snap peas are generally not bad or dangerous for guinea pigs. Despite the name, they aren’t high in sugar. When offered in excess, your guinea pig may suffer from the effects of an imbalanced diet that’s too high in vegetables.

Signs associated with such a diet include:
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Bloat
  • Lethargy
  • Loss of appetite
  • Poor growth and development
  • Potential issues with urinary or bladder stones


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How Should I Feed My Guinea Pig Sugar Snap Peas?

The best way to offer your guinea pig sugar snap peas is to buy them fresh, thoroughly wash them, and then remove them from the pod. Though the pod is safe for guinea pigs to consume, it’s better if you discard it, as the pod may be covered with a contaminant (such as a pesticide).

Do I Need to Cook Sugar Snap Peas Before Serving Them to My Guinea Pig?

When offering your guinea pig fruits or vegetables, it’s best to go raw. Sugar snap peas are no exception to this rule; you do not have to cook them before offering them your pet. Doing so also lowers their nutritional yield.

Are Frozen Peas Safe for My Guinea Pig?

Guinea pigs can eat frozen peas (though fresh peas are preferred). If you buy them frozen, be sure to let them thaw before you give them to your pet, as frozen sugar snap peas can cause digestive issues.

Are Canned Peas Safe for My Guinea Pig?

You should not feed your guinea pig canned peas. Canned vegetables are often high in preservatives, which can be detrimental for your guinea pig’s health. There may be other additives in the can that you don’t want your guinea pig eating either.



As long as you portion your guinea pig’s vegetables properly, feeding them a few sugar snap peas should be perfectly safe. They’ll be much appreciated too, as many guinea pigs go wild for these veggies. As always, if you ever find yourself in doubt about what to feed your guinea pig, you should consult with your veterinarian.

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