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    Mazuri Timothy based Guinea Pig Diet

    Normally I always feed Oxbow, however, I noticed at our pet store they have a 25 lb bag of Mazuri for the same price as a 10 lb bag of Oxbow.

    I tried searching the forum for thoughts but everything I find says the Mazuri is alfalfa based but this stuff said Timothy based. I compared ingredients to my bag of Oxbow and the first 6-7 were identical.

    Anyone know if the Mazuri Timothy based would be acceptable for my pigs? With 5 piggies and 4 other pets to feed, anywhere I can save a little and still feed a healthy diet is a good plan.


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    Re: Mazuri Timothy based Guinea Pig Diet

    I looked at the garunteed analysis, and it won't show the calcium amount, which probably means it has to much. You could contact the company and ask but I doubt they would tell you.

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    Re: Mazuri Timothy based Guinea Pig Diet

    Actually, @Beatrix187, the complete nutritional information is on the website, here: http://www.mazuri.com/product_pdfs/5664.pdf. And most companies will tell you about their products.


    @pawner69, the pellets have 1.1% calcium. That's 2-3 times as high as we'd like to see calcium in pellets. The recommended calcium percentage is .4%, but it's hard to find pellets with that as a maximum. Oxbow and KMS both have minimums of .3-.4, and maximums of about .6%.

    I think you'd be risking urinary tract stones in most pigs by giving those pellets.
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    Re: Mazuri Timothy based Guinea Pig Diet

    Thank you SO much @bpatters!! I am glad I asked first. I will stick with my Oxbow.

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    Re: Mazuri Timothy based Guinea Pig Diet

    I have been feeding mine that for about a year now.

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    Re: Mazuri Timothy based Guinea Pig Diet

    I wouldn't do it if I were you, @lunarminx. Of all the things we don't know about urinary tract stones in guinea pigs, we do know that excess calcium in the bladder plays a big part. There are other options for pellets that don't have nearly that much calcium in them. And when you've watched a pig suffer and die because of complication of stones, and paid the $1000 vet bill you accrued trying to keep them alive, you'll take a good hard look at how much calcium your pigs are getting, and what the source of that calcium is.

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    Re: Mazuri Timothy based Guinea Pig Diet

    Quote Originally Posted by bpatters View Post

    Oxbow and KMS both have minimums of .3-.4, and maximums of about .6%.
    I have looked at Oxbow, but I always find a max calcium of .85%

    https://www.oxbowvetconnect.com/prod...il?object=1582

    am I just looking at the wrong product? Or do the bags themselves have a lower content on them?

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