i bought hartz guinea pig food its just pellets i was wondering if this is ok to feed to my GP
Crude Protein Min% 18%
Crude Fat Min% 5%
Crude Fiber Max% 15%
Moisture Max% 12%
WHEAT MIDLINGS, DEHYDRATED ALFALFA MEAL, SOYBEAN HULLS, CORN, SOYBEAN MEAL, MILO, WHEAT, SUNFLOWER SEEDS, OAT GROATS, YELLOW SPLIT PEAS, TOASTED CORN FLAKES, CANADIAN TRAPPER PEAS, DEHYDRATED CARROTS, CANE MOLASSES, DRIED BANANA, RAISINS, DICALCIUM PHOSPHATE, SHELLED PEANUTS, PUMPKIN SEEDS, SAFFLOWER SEED, GROUND LIMESTONE, HYDROLYZED ANIMAL AND VEGETABLE FAT, DEHYDRATED PAPAYA, IODIZED SALT, LIGNIN SULFONATE, GROUND CORN, SOYBEAN OIL, DEHYDRATED APPLE, BREWERS DRIED YEAST, DRIED EGG PRODUCT, L-LYSINE, DL-METHIONINE, DRIED ASPERGILLUS NIGER FERMENTATION EXTRACT, DRIED ASPERGILUS ORYZAE FERMENTATION EXTRACT, DRIED LACTOBACILLUS SUBTILLIS FERMENTATION EXTRACT, VITAMIN A SUPPLEMENT, VITAMIN D3 SUPPLEMENT, VITAMIN E SUPLLEMENT, MENDIONE SODIUM BISULFITE COMPLEX (SOURCE OF VITAMIN K), ASCORBIC ACID, BIOTIN, FOLIC ACID, THIAMINE MONONITRATE, VITAMIN B12 SUPPLEMENT, RIBOFLAVIN, NIACIN, CALCIUM PANTOTHENATE, CHOLINE CHLORIDE, PYRIDOXINE HYDROCHLORIDE, COBALT CARBONATE, CALCIUM IODATE, COPPER OXIDE, COPPER SULFATE, ETHYLENEDIAMINE DIHYDRIODIDE, FERROUS CARBONATE, FERROUS SULFATE, MAGNESIUM OXIDE, MANGANESE SULFATE, MANGANOUS OXIDE, POTASSIUM CHLORIDE, SODIUM SELENITE, ZINC SULFATE, NATURAL & ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, COLOR ADDED(YELLOW #5, YELLOW #6, BLUE #1, BLUE #2, RED #3, RED #40, TITANIUM DIOXIDE), ETHOXYQUIN(A PRESERVATIVE)
This is for Hartz Bonaza food. I don't know if you purchased the Bonaza Food or Orignal Hartz food.
The ones I highlighted in red are bad. There was a ton of other stuff that I thought was bad. But I wasn't sure....
Alfalfa Meal- Only for pregnant (sometimes) or guinea pigs under a year.
Dyes- Why? There is no need for dyes
Corn and Ground Corn- No need for it, no nutritional value
Ethoxyquin-BAD BAD BAD!
Animal fat- why?
Dehydrated Egg--Why? Guinea pigs are herboivores
Corn Flakes- bad
Last edited by cinn&sprinslave; 10-26-04 at 04:16 pm.
i just got the original pellet food with no other stuff in it
Read the ingredients. If you see any on there that are the same as the ones in red, then its not good
the only bad things i found in it is ground corn and alfalfa meal as shes pregnant the alfalfa meal stuff will be okay but where can i get GP food thats actually good for them??
well....is cavy cuisine an option for you????? because if it is....that is the way to go!
You can get them at www.oxbowhay.com. You will need Cavy Performance (alfalfa-based). After the pigs are over a year old, they'll need to switch over to the Cavy Cuisine (timmy-based). Make sure they have plenty of hay and veggies as well!
Overall, this is one of the worst foods you can buy.
Originally Posted by cinn&sprinslave
Contains animal products--wrong, for one, and pigs are herbivores.
Alfalfa is for pregnant sows or pigs under a year.
Alfalfa is not first.
Contains ethyoxiquin, which is toxic.
Much of the veggies aren't necessary and have lost vitamins when dehydrated. Just eye candy. (peas, carrots, etc.)
Fruits are too high in sugar.
Nuts are a choking hazard and are fatty.
Oil is fatty.
Corn is a cheap filler with no nutritional value.
Not sure why limestone is here.
Raisins potentially toxic.