Cucumbers are a delicious and fresh snack for both humans and animals but can your guinea pig eat them without having any health concerns?
Yes, cucumbers are a great option for your guinea pig to snack on but let’s go over some important information you should know before jumping into giving your guinea pig cucumbers.
What nutritional value do cucumbers have?
Cucumbers are low in sugar, which is great because that tends to be the biggest problem when looking for healthy fruits and vegetables for your guinea pig. They are, however, high in water content, so you need to be aware of how much you are feeding them.
They are better served with other vegetables that do not have such a high water content to balance out their diet. The high water content can actually be helpful during the hot summer months if your guinea pig needs to cool down and to keep them hydrated.
What parts of the cucumber can they eat?
The cucumber skin actually contains a majority of the nutrition; however, before you give it to them, there are a few things you must do. First, make sure there is not a wax coating on the skin of the cucumber because this would not be healthy for your guinea pig to eat. Second, be sure to wash the outside of the cucumber if you plan on feeding them the peels because there may be chemicals left on the skin from the grocery store.
They can also eat the inside of the cucumber along with the seeds and the leaves. Since the seeds of the cucumber are small, moist, and soft, they do not make a choking hazard and it is perfectly healthy for them to enjoy. The leaves contain plenty of nutrients and it is quite healthy for them to snack on this.
Cucumbers are healthy, but this is not something to feed them every day. It is recommended to only feed it to them about four times a week to avoid any potential issues.