Romaine lettuce every day?

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RomeAndSmores1

Post   » Sat Mar 07, 2020 10:10 am


So I've been feeding my Guinea pigs about half a leaf of romaine lettuce every day for the past couple days now because I was worried that they might have not enough vitamin c in their diet. Since I've been doing this, they seem to be much more happy.

My question is, is this sustainable Long term, or is it unsafe?

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Sef
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Post   » Sat Mar 07, 2020 1:03 pm


Many of us have found that regular amounts of romaine can cause calcium deposits in the urine, so I would not feed it daily. Why do you think they aren't getting enough vitamin C? What kind of pellets are you feeding them? Most high quality, fortified pellets have ample Vitamin C, but there are a variety of other vegetables that contain vitamin C and can be fed regularly such as the bell peppers: red, green, yellow and orange. See:
http://www.guinealynx.info/chart.html#chart

Avoid veggies that are gassy or higher in calcium.

RomeAndSmores1

Post   » Sat Mar 07, 2020 1:46 pm


I don't know why I think that- it's just the pellets I'm giving them aren't blatantly saying that they provide enough vitamin C, and I don't want to assume it does.

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Sef
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Post   » Sat Mar 07, 2020 1:51 pm


What brand is it?

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Renonvsparky

Post   » Sat Mar 07, 2020 3:09 pm


I rotate between red leaf, green leaf and romaine lettuce so that my guinea pigs get a variety and not too much romaine. If you are worried that your piggies aren't getting enough vitamin c from their diet, you can change it or there are supplements you can get for them. The reference forum on this site has a pretty comprehensive list of things to choose from.

RomeAndSmores1

Post   » Sun Mar 08, 2020 10:17 am


The brand is kaytee, it's just the normal green pellets. Thanks for the responses guys. I'll try to rotate out the lettuce as well!

Edit- is romaine "Gassy?"

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Lynx
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Post   » Sun Mar 08, 2020 10:40 am


It is not considered a "brassica" like broccoli and cauliflower so it is probably not thought of as causing gas.

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Sef
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Post   » Sun Mar 08, 2020 10:42 am


Kaytee is considered a lower quality pellet. We recommend either Oxbow Adult or KMS Hayloft timothy pellets.

bpatters
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Post   » Sun Mar 08, 2020 12:12 pm


Kaytee pellets are high in calcium and use calcium carbonate as the calcium source. It's been anecdotally linked to bladder stones.

RomeAndSmores1

Post   » Sun Mar 08, 2020 7:16 pm


Actually on second thought I'm not sure it's kaytee... I'll have to go look because I don't think it is. Also where I live both of those pellets aren't very available... I try to get the highest quality stuff I can find, but sometimes it's hard to find good stuff.

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Sef
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Post   » Sun Mar 08, 2020 7:17 pm


You have to order KMS online. Oxbow, too, usually. It's worth it to pay a little more to get the good stuff.

bpatters
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Post   » Sun Mar 08, 2020 8:27 pm


They're both easily available online.

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JaneDoe

Post   » Sun Mar 08, 2020 9:11 pm


I've heard romaine lettuce is a bladder irritant. Given the choice I feed them other greens with only small qualities of romaine but sometimes Romaine is the only leafy, green vegetable available.

Pinkman is a growing boy so he gets more of everything, at least high-calorie foods and high calcium foods. Pellegrino is more than four years old, so I am more careful aboutg what I feed him.

RomeAndSmores1

Post   » Sun Mar 08, 2020 10:15 pm


Yeah at this point my oldest peegs are both 3, and my youngest is 1... ish.

rjespicer

Post   » Tue Mar 10, 2020 4:49 pm


I used to order Oxbow online but then discovered that a small local pet supplies store (no animals and mainly cat and dog stuff) kept it in stock along with Timothy Hay and was cheaper than online.

We dont tend to give ours romaine and usually vary between Red and Green leaf, Butter Lettuce, Escarole, Endives, radicchio. We also give them Spring Mix.

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Sef
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Post   » Tue Mar 10, 2020 8:23 pm


You might be a little careful with spring mix. If memory serves, it contains baby spinach.

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JaneDoe

Post   » Tue Mar 10, 2020 8:48 pm


You'd be surprised how many pet supply stores (big and small) carry Oxbow products. Those that don't I've politely told them Oxbow is better than the other products and I would buy it if they sold it.

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