Can Guinea Pigs Eat Celery?

Read this before giving your guinea pig celery 🐹

By Ellen Schmidt Published on 8/18/2022 at 5:46 PM for The Dodo

To lead a healthy and happy life, guinea pigs should be fed a pretty varied, fiber-rich diet. Along with hay and pellets, they can chow down on fruits and vegetables, too.

But as you likely know already, it’s always smart to make sure a food is OK for your pet to eat, especially if you’re giving it to her for the first time.

If you’ve ever wondered about the crunchy vegetable goodness that’s celery, you’ve come to the right place. So, can guinea pigs eat celery? And if so, how much is too much?

We reached out to Samantha Henson, a certified clinical pet nutritionist with Next Generation Pet Wellness, for more insight on whether the stalky vegetable is a good choice for guinea pigs.

Can guinea pigs eat celery?

The short answer? Yes, but in moderation.

While celery does have some health benefits, it’s actually low in the kind of nutrients that benefit guinea pigs the most.

“As a pet nutritionist, I always look for the pros and cons of foods and make my decisions based on that,” Henson told The Dodo. “With guinea pigs, I want their veggies to be high in vitamin C (because guinea pigs don’t make their own) and low in oxalates (because the species are prone to painful bladder stones).”

Unfortunately, according to Henson, celery doesn’t meet those requirements.

“Celery is low in vitamin C compared to other vegetables that are readily available, and it is high in oxalates,” Henson said. “In moderation, a small amount of celery is fine, but it shouldn’t become an everyday part of their diet.”

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