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Can guinea pigs eat carrots?

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Guinea pigs kept as pets should be limited to about 1 cup of carrots once or twice a week. The major component of a guinea pig's diet should be fresh timothy hay.

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Guinea pigs should have unlimited daily access to timothy hay, because it is good for their digestion and controls the growth of their teeth. As a supplement, they should be allowed 1/8 of a cup of commercial guinea pig food daily. In addition, guinea pigs should receive about 1 cup of leafy vegetables, such as romaine lettuce, spinach, kale or parsley, each day. Along with carrots, zucchini and sweet potato should be weekly treats.

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