You may have wondered if your guinea pig could eat ice cream.
Guinea pigs are lactose intolerant and cannot digest high-sugar, high-fat dairy products, causing severe health issues.
Guinea pigs should eat mostly hay, vegetables, and fruits. Since guinea pigs cannot produce vitamin C, they need it. Vitamin C deficiency causes scurvy and other illnesses. Ice cream is too high in sugar for guinea pigs, who should stay slim.
I’ve seen how a poor diet affects my pet guinea pigs. I gave my guinea pig some ice cream years ago. She got sick, vomiting and having diarrhea. I immediately took her to the vet, who diagnosed her with lactose intolerance and advised her to avoid dairy, including ice cream.
I learned that guinea pigs need a healthy diet and should not be given unhealthy treats. Since then, I have fed my guinea pig hay, vegetables, fruits, and carrot tops. Avoiding ice cream is one way to ensure our pets’ health and happiness.
Ice Cream is Harmful to Their Digestive Systems
Ice cream’s dairy content upsets guinea pigs’ digestive systems, causing gas, bloating, and diarrhea.
Ice cream’s fat makeup makes it hard for piggies to digest. Guinea pigs may become obese and sick.
Ice cream includes a lot of sugar, which can cause diarrhea, an unhealthy coat, and weak teeth and nails in pigs.
Without fiber and protein, some ice treats can harm guinea pigs.
Ice Cream Causes Health Problems
Ice cream harms guinea pigs. Its sugar and digestive-harming components could damage their teeth.
Never feed guinea pigs ice cream. Doing so could harm or kill them.
Avoid ice cream and feed your guinea pig fruits and veggies. These healthy meals won’t upset their stomachs.
Ice cream is acidic for guinea pigs and can cause oral sores. If feasible, avoid this treat because it may cause diarrhea.
Ice Cream is High in Sugar
Ice cream is tasty but harmful to guinea pigs. This treat’s sugar and fat makeup could harm them.
Guinea pigs should only eat Timothy hay and fresh veggies. No dairy, eggs, meat, or animals.
Guinea pigs cannot handle lactose, which is in ice cream. Diarrhea and lose of feces can result.
Ice cream can make guinea pigs fat. Guinea pigs should weigh 900–1200 grams and not be fed fatty snacks.
Ice Cream is High in Fat
High-fat ice cream may harm your guinea pig. Too much of it can bring diarrhea or gas.
Guar gum and carrageenan in ice cream may harm guinea pigs. These additives make treats smoother but may hurt your pet’s digestive system.
Look for “mild,” “low fat,” or “nonfat” ice cream. The product has less fat than its original form.
Check the label by checking the label to check your ice cream has potassium, calcium, riboflavin, and vitamin B-12. Regular ice cream has 250 calories, and reduced-fat has 300.