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    Veggies for a 'Special' Pig

    I everyone. I am currently in the process of giving my piggy more veggies, as he doesn't get too much now. But, before I start tossing out treats, I'd like to know what I can give.

    My pig is "special" because he's sickly, probably due to being a pet store pig and having misfortunes in care. Here are his problems:

    1) High sugar
    2) Gas
    3) Excess calcium (leading to stones)

    Just so this thread doesn't get too complicated, I've already chosen a sample diet I like. It's the first one, labeled "Jarbax's Diet". The link: http://www.guineapigcages.com/forum/...e-Veggie-Menus

    Please tell me any adjustments in measurement (smaller serving), veggies I shouldn't give to my "special" pig at all, and any replacements for veggies that he can't have.

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    Re: Veggies for a 'Special' Pig

    Jarbax's diet is not suitable for a pig prone to stones. There are any number of high-calcium veggies in there that should be avoided. And just in passing, those diets on that thread are WAY too complicated to follow for very long. You need to pick 8-10 things that your pig will eat -- some to feed every day, some to rotate every day or so.

    Here's an example of a low-calcium diet (it's the one my pigs are on). This is for two pigs: 2-4 leaves of red or green leaf lettuce (depends on size of the leaves), 2-4 baby carrots or carrot chunks, 1/4-1/3 of a bell pepper, 1/2 roma tomato (or equivalent of other tomatoes), 1/2 belgian endive, 1/8-1/6 head of radicchio, 4-5 young green beans, 2-3 wheels of zucchini. They also get corn husks and silks every day that I can find them.

    I'm curious about how you know he has "high sugar," and about the excess calcium leading to stones. Has he actually had a stone, or is just showing sludge.

    What exactly is he getting to eat now?

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    Re: Veggies for a 'Special' Pig

    Thanks, @bpatters ! He has powdery pee often, and every time we get his urine checked, my vet sees lots of "crystals." Also, my family believes he has passed a stone before (when we didn't know the signs) but very luckily passed it. He had blood in his urine and all of a sudden, it stopped.

    He too has been checked for sugar, and it was so high, that he had to be checked for diabetes.

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    Re: Veggies for a 'Special' Pig

    For high sugar, cut the carrots and fruits if you feed them. Tomato maybe every other day or so. Otherwise bpatters diet looks good for calcium and sugar issues.

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    Re: Veggies for a 'Special' Pig

    Again, what exactly do you feed him, and how much of each item?

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    Re: Veggies for a 'Special' Pig

    I'm sorry!
    I am giving him lettuce (green or romaine), maybe a leaf and a half, a carrot, and a brussel sprout daily. I'm trying to get him used to the peppers so I can give him some of those.

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    Re: Veggies for a 'Special' Pig

    No romaine -- some pigs excrete calcium like crazy when fed romaine. Red or green leaf lettuce is a much better choice.

    Brussel sprouts and other cruciferous vegetables can also produce a lot of gas, and should be totally avoided in pigs that seem to have problems with them.

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    Re: Veggies for a 'Special' Pig

    I may be wrong but wouldn't Brussels Sprouts be too gassy of a vegetable to feed? Of course, I may be projecting my extreme dislike of them to a piggie palate.

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