What Guinea Pigs Shouldn't Eat


Some Common Foods Poisonous or Harmful To Guinea Pigs

NOTE: This list is non-exhaustive, but includes many common foodstuffs regularly kept at home.

  • Avocado
  • Coconut
  • Garlic and Onion
  • Potatoes
  • Potato tops
  • Rhubarb
  • Rhubarb leaves
  • Tomato Leaves
  • Edibles grown from bulbs

Garden Vegetation Poisonous For Guinea Pigs

NOTE: This list is not exhaustive.

  • Acacia
  • Aconite
  • Beech
  • Bindweed
  • Buttercups
  • Celandine
  • Cherry Trees
  • Clematis
  • Columbine
  • Daffodils
  • Daisies
  • Deadly Nightshade
  • Delphinium
  • Dock Leaves
  • Elder
  • English Ivy
  • Foxgloves
  • Gypsophila
  • Hellebores
  • Hemlock
  • Honeysuckle
  • Horse Chestnut
  • Horsetails
  • Hyacinth
  • Irises
  • Ivy
  • Laburnum
  • Larkspur
  • Laurel
  • Lenten Rose
  • Lily Of The Valley
  • Lobelia
  • Lords And Ladies
  • Love In A Mist
  • Plants grown from bulbs
  • Poppies
  • Privet
  • Rhododendron
  • Scarlet Runner
  • Snowdrops
  • Yew Trees

Safe Wild Plants For Guinea Pigs

Many wild plants are poisonous and potentially fatal for guinea pigs, so it may be best to stick to what’s on this list.


  • Blackberry stems
  • Clover
  • Dandelion leaves (in moderation - the have a laxative action on guinea pigs)
  • Grass (should be daisy and buttercup free, and not in the form of not mowings as this could have mould)
  • Plantains
  • Sow thistle (not with a woody stem)
  • Shepherd’s purse
  • Trefoils

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