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    Question Is it healthy to feed piggies National Geographic Hay Topper?

    Hi everyone,

    I've noticed recently that my un-neutered male guinea pig (~3yrs old) is pooping out smaller poops with one tapered end. I'm reading that probiotics can help digestion. I came across this product: http://www.petsmart.ca/small-pet/foo...d-5219375.html (the one I actually purchased are basically just pellets mixed with a few rose hips). It says on the package that it contains "nutritious fiber supplement and a crunchy boost of probiotics, minerals and stabilized vitamin C, while the rose hips provide a tasty treat." Is this something I can feed to my piggies on a regular basis to get them to be healthier?

    Many thanks from a newbie piggie owner!
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    Re: Is it healthy to feed piggies National Geographic Hay Topper?

    Assuming you're in the US, the very best pellets you can feed your pigs are KMS Hayloft (available only online) and Oxbow.

    That hay you linked to is incredibly expensive, and you should be able to order it online for much cheaper, or find it from a local farmer for much cheaper still.

    What exactly are you feeding him? What pellets, and how many? What hay? Which veggies, and how many of each?

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    Re: Is it healthy to feed piggies National Geographic Hay Topper?

    I'm feeding them oxbow pellets on a daily basis, but the package of hay toppers I purchased are just pellets (with probiotics/minerals, etc) with a few rose hips thrown in. The package instructions say to pour a tablespoon on top of their hay every day but I'm not super familiar with 'hay toppers' so I'm not sure if this is actually good for my pigs.

    I'm feeding them timothy hay, a cup of pellets (2 pigs in the cage) and veggies (lettuce, cucumbers) but one of my pigs seem to have smaller looking poops lately.

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    Re: Is it healthy to feed piggies National Geographic Hay Topper?

    You're not feeding any veggies with vitamin C? That's really important for pigs -- like humans, they can't manufacture their own vitamin C.

    Here's some recommended reading material that's got some dietary information in it:

    https://www.guineapigcages.com/forum...nea-pig-owners
    https://www.guineapigcages.com/forum...ur-guinea-pigs!

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    Re: Is it healthy to feed piggies National Geographic Hay Topper?

    Oh and vitamin C drops in their water bottle*

    Are hay toppers a healthy extra thing to give them?

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    Re: Is it healthy to feed piggies National Geographic Hay Topper?

    Vitamin C drops in the the water bottle are useless. Vitamin C in liquid form in the presence of light degrades very quickly, and within a short time after you've put the drops in the bottle, all you've got is funny tasting water which the pigs may not drink.

    You can give the drops with a syringe, but the most effective way to give vitamin C is in veggies rich in it. Bell pepper is excellent, and you'll find some others on that chart.

    Hay toppers are a waste of money. The pigs may like them, but they won't add anything in the way of healthy food items to their diets.

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    Re: Is it healthy to feed piggies National Geographic Hay Topper?

    I have trouble feeding them the pellet vitamin C supplements so I gave up on that. My piggies are in a room where there is a curtain over the window, is that still too much light for the vitamin C?

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    Re: Is it healthy to feed piggies National Geographic Hay Topper?

    My Guinea Pig is suspicious of his food if it doesn't smell/taste like his vitamin C supplement. I found that if you start with the vitamin C, continue with it. The change might throw them off. Their pellets are the best place to put the supplement. The overall best is veggies high in vitamin C and low in sugars.

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    Re: Is it healthy to feed piggies National Geographic Hay Topper?

    ANY light is too much for vitamin C in water. It's completely useless to give it that way, in addition to being a waste of money.

    What's wrong with veggies?

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    Re: Is it healthy to feed piggies National Geographic Hay Topper?

    also, not to pile on, but the drops have a strong taste and smell. I used them for a few days before I could get my pig to start eating peppers and I noticed that his water consumption went WAY down when the drops were in his water. I really think the piggies would much prefer clean, fresh tasting water and delicious veggies they love that also contain vitamin C.

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    Re: Is it healthy to feed piggies National Geographic Hay Topper?

    Okay, thanks for all of the information everyone!

    Is it okay to feed the piggies green peppers everyday?

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    Re: Is it healthy to feed piggies National Geographic Hay Topper?

    Not only OK, but preferred.

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