Can Guinea Pigs Eat Apples

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Guinea pigs love apples but, as with all fruit, apples (both red and green) are high in sugar, so they must only be given as an occasional treat and shouldn’t form a major part of your guinea pigs

Can guinea pigs eat apple skin, cores and pips?

Cores, skins and apple seeds are all safe for your guinea pig to eat.  Despite what you may hear, apple pips are not dangerous to guinea pigs, they won’t poison your guinea pig and they won’t choke on them either. 

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Apple skins are also good for your piggies but as with any fruit or vegetable you must wash them first and if you can buy unwaxed, organic apples that is even better!

Although apple cores are quite fibrous, your guinea pig will have no trouble chomping their way through these so don’t discard these.

Can guinea pigs eat cooking apples?

A frequently asked question about apples and guinea pigs is whether they can eat cooking apples. There doesn’t seem to be any solid information about whether or not cooking apples are safe,so it is probably best to stick to eating apples.

Can guinea pigs eat cooked apples?

Although we like cooked apple products, guinea pigs should not eat cooked products. This isn’t a natural way for a guinea pig to eat food as they are used to foraging in the wild where cooked food would not be available. Always feed raw vegetables and fruit and stay away from anything that has been cooked.

Do apples cause sore mouths in guinea pigs?

It is often thought that too much apple can cause a guinea pigs mouth to become sore. However there is no evidence to suggest this is the case.

A sore mouth is often caused by a build up of food in the front teeth and is more common in older guinea pigs. However, If your guinea pig does have this condition, apple may aggravate the soreness so it’s best to keep away from this fruit until they are better. 

How often can guinea pigs eat apples?

Fruit is high in sugar compared to most vegetables and apples are one of the most sugary fruits with almost as much as banana. Too much sugar isn’t good for guinea pigs so, as with any fruit, apple shouldn’t be fed to your guinea pigs too often or in large quantities. Just a small piece every now and again is enough for them.

Nutritional information for apples

Below is the nutritional value per 100g of apple

  • Vitamin C: 4.6 mg
  • Calcium: 6 mg
  • Phosphorous: 11 mg
  • Fibre: 2.4 g
  • Sugar: 10g