Most people enjoy having radishes in their salad. They have a unique flavor and are part of the mustard group. Before deciding ‘can guinea pigs eat radishes’ lets look more into the vegetable.
Radishes are well known around the world for their red skin and white inside. They have a spicy peppery taste and some good crunch.
In addition to the normal red colored radishes there are also yellow, purple, green, black and white radishes.
However even the different color radishes basically have the same nutritional value.
Therefore since the vegetable is healthy for humans is it still safe to feed to your guinea pig?
Can Guinea Pigs Eat Radishes?
We may have our reservations about feeding radishes to our guinea pigs and therefore you are reading this article in the first place.
However you shouldn’t be too worried because you can feed your guinea pig radishes!
Before you feed you guinea pig a lot of radishes though you should know that radishes are high in acids and in particular the oxalic acid and therefore you can only sparingly feed them to your guinea pig.
So the next time you are eating a radish feel free to share some with your guinea pig but only in moderation.
Radish Nutritional Value
Per 100 grams
Total Fat: 0.1 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: 39 mg
Potassium: 233 mg
Total Carbohydrates: 3.4 g
Protein: 0.7 g
Vitamin A: 0%
Vitamin C: 24%
Vitamin D: 0%
Vitamin B-6: 5%
Vitamin B-12: 0%
It is not recommended to feed guinea pigs foods that are high in acid, fat, sugar, phosphorus and calcium.
However things that are good for guinea pigs include Vitamin C and iron which radishes to have.
Other minerals contained in radishes include:
Other healthy substances include:
- oxalic acid
Oxalic acid can cause diarrhea and an upset stomach for your guinea pig so it is only recommended that you give your piggy no more than 2 helpings a month.
How Much Can You Feed Your Guinea Pig
You should only sparingly feed radishes to your guinea pig because it can give your guinea pig diarrhea and an upset stomach.
Additionally the larger amounts of oxalate acid can be dangerous for your pet as it can form bladder stones and oxalate stones in your guinea pig.
Therefore you should only give radishes to your guinea pig at most twice a month.
An alternative is to feed your guinea pig radish leaves instead. They can eat these up to 3 times a week.
Things To Consider
Make sure that you only feed your guinea pig raw radishes.
Also you should thoroughly wash the radishes before feeding them to your guinea pig.
Only give your guinea pig the most fresh and crisp parts of the radish.
Can guinea pigs eat radishes? YES.
However they can only be given in small amounts. Once or twice a month is more than enough.
You can give you guinea pig more of the leafs of the radish though.