What is the answer to Can guinea pigs eat broccoli? The answer is yes. Broccoli leaves are high in vitamin A and vitamin C, essential nutrients for your cavy. Broccoli heads and stems (the part that humans usually eat) are also very high in vitamin C and fiber. They also have vitamin A and protein. Vitamin C helps your cavy to heal wounds, fight infections, and metabolize proteins. Also, providing your guinea pig with enough vitamin C will reduce the risk of your pet getting scurvy. Therefore, broccoli can be a good part of a diverse, well-rounded guinea pig diet.
Although guinea pigs eat broccoli, broccoli leaves should be used sparingly. They should be fed to your guinea pig in small amounts and not more than two to four times per week. Broccoli heads and stems should be fed to your guinea pig in small amounts no more than one to two times a week. A suggested serving size for broccoli is half a floret with the stalk. Some owners suggest that the stalks/stems should be peeled before giving them to your cavy. Remember, broccoli should be used very sparingly as it can cause stomach upset, bloat, and excessive gas in the digestive tract of your cavy if given in too large a quantity. Be sure that the broccoli leaves, heads, or stems are fresh, raw, and thoroughly washed before feeding them to your cavy. Also, be sure that they were never treated with pesticides or other chemicals.
Overall, guinea pigs can eat broccoli, but it should be fed to your pet sparingly. If given in the right amounts, it can provide essential nutrients and contribute to a healthy diet. If overfed, then it can cause your guinea pig to be gassy and unhappy. Therefore, pay attention to how your guinea pig reacts when introducing broccoli into their diet. If they eat it readily and they digest it well, then it can become another tasty vegetable in the diverse diet of your guinea pig.