NUTRITION FOR SMALL ANIMALS, HERBIVORES
Rabbits, guinea pigs and chinchillas are herbivores which need fibre in their diet. Grasses, hay or fresh herbs are the main food sources for these small animals and should be constantly available. You can supplement their basic diet with a more comprehensive formula, such as a mix or granules, to provide the essential elements to meet their dietary requirements. Always provide access to fresh, clean water.
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Rabbits also love fruit and vegetables. However, certain points should be noted: regularly offer different types of vegetables, to ensure that your pet is getting sufficient vitamins and nutrients, and gradually introduce fresh vegetables to avoid any digestive upsets.
Only feed your pet “greens”, such as celery, chicory, dandelion, lettuce and spinach, etc. Furthermore, only offer your pet small quantities of carrots and fruit to avoid weight gain.
Dietary requirements of guinea pigs:
Guinea pigs are strict herbivores, and their diet should mainly consist of vegetables, ad lib hay and fresh plants. To avoid digestive upsets, we advise introducing fresh greens gradually. Like rabbits, you should pay close attention to the amounts of fruit and root vegetables so as to avoid weight gain.
Vitamin C is an essential requirement for guinea pigs. It should therefore be offered in different forms, at doses of approximately 20 to 40 mg/kg/day, and more for females during the reproduction period. You can opt for drops to be added to the drinking water, greens such as parsley, or even tablets specially for guinea pigs. Some brands also offer vitamin C treats, such as Laboratoire Francodex (see range).
Specific characteristics of chinchillas:
The chinchilla’s digestive tract is adapted to dry food. It struggles to assimilate fresh fruit and vegetables, which contain too much water.
Its diet mainly consists of accessible, ad lib hay, supplemented by granules. Your pet’s diet should contain fibre, proteins, fats and vitamins to guarantee daily intake of its essential nutrients.
* Warning: Some fruit and vegetables should be avoided depending on the breed. Before giving your pet fruit or vegetables, check they are not harmful to your pet’s health.