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Can guinea pigs eat basil?

Guinea pig’s can eat basil, in fact, it contains a high amount of vitamins. This includes vitamin C, which is essential in preventing scurvy in guinea pigs.

A guinea pig’s diet should mainly consist of an unlimited supply of hay, 1/8th cup of pellets and 1 cup of fresh veggies and fruit every day.

Not all types of veggies and fruit can be served daily, that’s why you should know how much of each your guinea pig can eat.

Let’s take a closer look at basil.

Is basil good for guinea pigs?

Basil contains a lot of vitamins and fiber and a low amount of calories, making it a great snack for over weight piggies or those who have diabetes.

Can basil be bad for guinea pigs?

Basil is completely safe for guinea pigs if fed in moderation.

Over feeding basil can cause an upset stomach and diarrhea which can lead to other health issues.

Too much basil can also cause gas, bloat and kidney or bladder stones which can cause further health issues if left untreated.

How much basil can guinea pigs eat?

Basil is considered more as a treat than a daily staple. A guinea pig can eat about 2 basil leaves, 1 to 2 times a week.

Can guinea pigs eat dried basil?

Guinea pigs cannot eat any dry basil at all.

Can guinea pigs eat cooked basil?

Guinea pigs cannot eat any cooked food and basil is no exception. Guinea pigs can’t digest cooked basil, it can lead to gas, bloat and an upset stomach.

Can guinea pigs eat purple basil?

Purple basil is safe for guinea pigs to eat, but in moderation.

How to serve basil to guinea pigs?

  1. Only serve fresh, raw basil leaves to your guinea pigs.
  2. Wash basil thoroughly to remove any possible pesticides.
  3. Serve about 2 basil leaves to your guinea pig.
  4. Watch them enjoy it.


Basil is perfectly safe to feed to your guinea pigs in the recommended serving of no more than 2 leaves once or twice a week.