Can Guinea Pigs Eat Elderberries?

Can Guinea Pigs Eat Elderberries?

Elderberries are grown mostly for their fruit, leaves and flowers.

They appear more in the northern hemisphere and grow in temperate and subtropical regions of the world.

Both the pulp and the skin of the elderberry can be eaten. Majority of the Sabcucus berries are edible and can be picked ripe and then cooked [Source].

So Can Guinea Pigs Eat Elderberries Safely?

Before we answer if guinea pigs can eat this fruit and if so how much we should look at some nutritional facts about elderberries.

The main parts of the fruit that affect guinea pigs the most are:

  • phosphorus
  • sugar
  • calcium
  • acidic content
  • fat content

Energy 305 kJ (73 kcal)
Carbohydrates 18.4 g
– Dietary fiber 7 g
Fat 0.5 g
Protein 0.66 g
Water 79.80 g
Vitamin A equiv. 30 μg (4%)
Thiamine (vit. B1) 0.07 mg (6%)
Riboflavin (vit. B2) 0.06 mg (5%)
Niacin (vit. B3) 0.5 mg (3%)
Pantothenic acid (B5) 0.14 mg (3%)
Vitamin B6 0.23 mg (18%)
Folate (vit. B9) 6 μg (2%)
Vitamin C 36 mg (43%)
Calcium 38 mg (4%)
Iron 1.6 mg (12%)
Magnesium 5 mg (1%)
Phosphorus 39 mg (6%)
Potassium 280 mg (6%)
Zinc 0.11 mg (1%)

As per Wikipedia.

From the above nutritional information you can see that this fruit has little calcium, a hint of fat and are a little acidic.

However a great thing about this fruit is that it does contain a lot of vitamin C which is great for guinea pigs.

Therefore the good news is that yes guinea pigs can eat elderberries and it is good for them as well.

However you should not feed this fruit to your guinea pig everyday because of the acidic content.

Every 2 or 3 days should be enough.

 

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