Essentials - Young Guinea Pig Food

Oxbow’s complete and balanced young guinea pig food is formulated to meet your pet’s unique nutritional needs. We begin with hand-selected Alfalfa Hay to provide optimal protein and the fiber essential to digestive health. We add wholesome ingredients and vital nutrients to meet growth, energy, pregnancy and nursing needs. In this bag, and beyond, we promise only the best for your pet. Sizes: 5 lb, 10 lb, 25 lb

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Ingredients

Alfalfa Meal, Soybean Hulls, Soybean Meal, Wheat Middlings, Soybean Oil, Salt, Lignin Sulfonate, Cane Molasses, Calcium Carbonate, L-Ascorbyl-2-Monophosphate (Vitamin C), Sodium Bentonite, Hydrolyzed Yeast, Choline Chloride, Vitamin E Supplement, Yeast Culture, Zinc Sulfate, Zinc Proteinate, Niacin, Copper Sulfate, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Manganous Oxide, Riboflavin Supplement, Biotin, Thiamine Mononitrate, Magnesium Sulfate, Copper Proteinate, Vitamin A Supplement, Sodium Selenite, Manganese Proteinate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Cobalt Carbonate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Calcium Iodate

Guaranteed Analysis

  • Crude Protein (min) 18.00%
  • Crude Fat (min) 2.50%
  • Crude Fiber (min) 18.00%
  • Crude Fiber (max) 23.00%
  • Moisture (max) 10.00%
  • Calcium (min) 0.60%
  • Calcium (max) 1.10%
  • Phosphorus (min) 0.25%
  • Vitamin A (min) 10,000 IU/kg
  • Vitamin D (min) 900 IU/kg
  • Vitamin E (min) 190 IU/kg
  • Ascorbic Acid (Vit. C) (min) 400 mg/kg

Feeding Directions

Growing
(under six months)
Pregnant/Nursing
(guinea pig sows)
Unlimited pellets daily in addition to unlimited grass hay.Unlimited pellets daily in addition to unlimited grass hay.  Alfalfa hay may be given in small quantities.

Please note that these are guidelines. For adult guinea pig feeding guidelines or if your guinea pig is overweight or underweight, please contact your veterinarian or Oxbow for more specific feeding information.

Seventy-five percent of your guinea pig's diet should be grass hay. Oxbow offers a variety of hand-selected, high-fiber hays to enrich the life and health of your pet.

Transitioning to a New Food: Week 1, mix 3 parts current food with 1 part new food. Week 2, mix 2 parts current food with 2 parts new food. Week 3, mix 1 part current food with 3 parts new food. Week four, feed Essentials – Young Guinea Pig Food exclusively.

Essentials - Young Guinea Pig Food is a high-fiber, alfalfa-based diet fortified with nutrients essential for growing, pregnant and nursing guinea pigs. Growing guinea pigs require more protein, calcium and energy. Essentials - Young Guinea Pig provides an optimized balanced protein source, containing the amino acids required for the growth and health of your guinea pig.

Guinea pigs require daily supplementation with Vitamin C. Essentials - Young Guinea Pig includes Stay C-35, a stabilized form of Vitamin C with a 12 month shelf life. Each 1/8 cup of Essentials - Young Guinea Pig contains 22 mg. of Vitamin C. To guarantee adequate Vitamin C intake, be sure the animal is eating the appropriate amount of Essentials - Young Guinea Pig. If additional supplementation is needed, provide Oxbow's Daily C chewable tablets or Natural Science Vitamin C Supplement.

Although Essentials - Young Guinea Pig Food is an excellent complete feed for guinea pigs, unlimited access to fresh grass hay should also be provided. Choose from Oxbow's Western Timothy Hay, Orchard Grass Hay, Oat Hay, Organic Meadow Grass, or Botanical Hay to provide additional natural fiber.

“We guinea pig lovers take our pigs and their health quite seriously! thank you so much for your wonderful product!”
Judi from Massachusetts

“I saw two young guinea pigs that were sold too early-were not eating well, developed dry, scaly skin. I put them on Essentials - Young Guinea Pig and they started to look better within one week.”
Toby Erlichman DVM
Bird and Exotic Animal Hospital, West Chester PA

2 Comments
  1. GiannaPiggiesNovember 22, 2014
    Rating 5 out of 5
    The best food for our beloved piggies..
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  2. SierraDecember 8, 2013
    Best Young GP Food
    Rating 5 out of 5
    My guinea pig Fluffernutter, loves this food and it's a healthy alternative to other sugary mixes on the market. This food is safe, nutritious and tasty for the pigs! Highly recommended!
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