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Cavy Dental Care

Ever wonder why your cavy is always gnawing on something? Guinea Pigs teeth are continuously growing throughout their life and in a healthy guinea pig, the biting, chewing, gnawing and grinding of food especially hays, grasses and abrasive foods will normally keep your guinea pigs teeth at a healthy length. 

It is vital that a guinea pig receives a nutritious diet to aid in keeping those upper and lower incisors strong, healthy and trimmed.  You can help your cavy keep their teeth healthy by providing them with an adequate amount of vitamin C, lots of fresh grass, hay, abrasive foods including celery, broccoli, carrots, stringed beans, corn and husks. 

Guinea pigs are favourable to herbs, some of which include:

  • Parsley
  • Coriander
  • Mint
  • Basil
  • Dandelion  

It is suggested that you offer your guinea pig a variety of only 2 or 3 different greens each day as this will help to reduces any chance of an upset tummy.

If your cavy does not have enough to gnaw on this is when dental problems can occur and their teeth can become overgrown to the extent where the teeth can cut into the gums and cause abscesses and even prevent them from eating altogether.

We recommend that you regularly check your guinea pigs teeth and if you notice anything broken, swollen or irritated or your cavy is eating less then contact your local Greencross Vet immediately.

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