Can guinea pigs eat radishes?

Radishes are low in carbohydrates and a very crunchy snack. Your love for radishes might make you wonder if you should give some radishes to your guinea pigs. So, can guinea pigs eat radishes?

Yes, guinea pigs can eat radishes. Although most guinea pigs don’t like radishes so much. Guinea pigs can eat radishes with the skin and leaves. Guinea pig can eat radish tops as well but should not eat cooked radishes, as this may not be too good for the guinea pig.

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Although radishes contain high amounts of fiber and vitamin C, which are needed in a guinea pig diet. There’s also a high quantity of sodium and calcium in the radishes. As a result of this, when feeding your guinea pig with radishes, you should give them only a very small portion.

Radishes and radish tops are good for guinea pigs, but they might not be a great food to meet the full dietary needs of guinea pigs, particularly vitamin C and minerals. Veggies rich in vitamin C should be mixed with the radishes to be sure that your guinea pig gets a balanced and healthy diet.

Can guinea pigs eat radishes?

How often can guinea pigs eat radishes?

Radishes contain sodium and calcium, which could pose high risk to their digestive system. When guinea pigs eat radishes too much, it is not good for their health. So as much as you want to give the guinea pigs radishes, you shouldn’t do so daily.

You can adopt radishes as a snack for the guinea pigs, occasionally serving the radishes at most two times a week in low quantity and less than ten times a month. When you feed the guinea pig with too many radishes it would only result in health problems.


So while serving the guinea pigs radishes, you should only give them one small radish each, or a half-cup, and when it’s a bigger radish, you should reduce the amount reasonably. Make sure that the radish is served alongside other fresh vegetables that are much richer in vitamin C and contain lesser amounts of sodium and calcium.

While feeding the guinea pig with leaves of radishes, be sure to make it at most two leaves, as the leaves have been found to also contain a substantial amount of calcium. Taking these steps would guarantee your guinea pigs get all the necessary nutrients that are also beneficial to their health.

What can guinea pigs not eat?

To make sure the guinea pigs health is safe, there are many foods that are practically not safe in the guinea pig s diet and should be strictly avoided.

  1. Cooked food: It is not healthy for guinea pigs to digest cooked food. So they should not be served to guinea pigs.
  2. Tomato leaves, stem, and unripe tomatoes: they possess toxins that can be very harmful to the guinea pig. Therefore, it is not good to feed your guinea pig tomato leaves, stem and unripe tomatoes.    tomatoes
  3. Cereals: A variety of cereals are not healthy for the consumption of guinea pig. So to be on the safer side, avoid feeding your guinea pigs cereals .
  4. Potato: Potato leaves, legumes, and all that have to do with potatoes should be kept far away from guinea pig’s diets, as they contain toxins that can pose health challenges to the guinea pig.
  5. Meat: Herbivores do not eat meat. Guinea pigs are herbivores, so they also do not consume meat. Their digestive system cannot process meat.

Some other foods guinea pig do not and should not eat include:

  • Rhubarb
  • All dairy products
  • All drinks that are not water
  • Onions, leeks, and garlic
  • Nuts
  • Cores of fruits, their pits, and seeds
  • Avocado fruit

Can guinea pigs eat white radish leaves?

White radishes are also known as Daikon radishes. They have a very small amount of calories and are nearly free of fat. White radishes contain substantial amounts of vitamins and minerals like magnesium, calcium and phosphorus and are rich in vitamin C, as such can be good source of Vitamin C for the guinea pig.

Can guinea pigs eat radishes?

White radish can be fed to guinea pigs, but white radish leaves should be served with utmost caution. The serving of white radish should be just like radishes. Guinea pig can be given only a half cup of small white radish, and they should be given only a minimum of two white radish leaves also.

Generally, guinea pigs prefer to eat radish leaves to even radish itself. The radish leaves and stems are safe for the guinea pig, and they would give the same nutrients in the guinea pig s diet as the white radish leaves.

What vegetables can guinea pigs eat daily?

Here are some vegetables guinea pigs can eat daily:

  • Asparagus
  • Carrot
  • Romaine
  • Beet tops
  • Swiss chard
  • Endive
  • Cabbage
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Escarole
  • Spinach
  • Beets
  • Carrot tops
  • Artichoke
  • Zucchini
  • Pumpkin
  • Tomato
  • Green beans
  • Watercress
  • Cauliflower


As much as there are numerous vegetables, introducing them to your guinea pigs abruptly may upset their digestive system because they may not be used to it. You should introduce new veggies gradually. Every vegetable you feed the guinea pig should be at most three times a week. Always do in-depth research before introducing new veggies to your guinea pigs.

Cons of Eating Radish

Radishes are known to be a source of vitamin and minerals to guinea pig, but too many radishes or radish tops isn’t healthy for your guinea pig. Some likely health problems include:

They can cause Kidney stone or bladder stones

The calcium content of radishes can lead to urinary complications in the older guinea pig, like bladder stones and kidney stone. Oxalates in the radish can also cause bladder stones.

Can result in bad digestion

Although radish and radish tops have relatively low sugar content, there is need for regulation while you feed your cavy. High sugar level can cause flatulence, diarrhea, and lead to a very painful digestion and bladder problems. As a result of this, you should feed your cavy with radish a few times a week.


Baby guinea pigs should not be given radishes. The radishes and radish tops contain calcium which are essential for the bones of the baby guinea pig, so if at all, the baby guinea pig should eat very little serving. The basic diet of baby guinea pigs however, should be milk from their mothers, and later they can be fed fresh hay and pallet, then fruits and fresh vegetables.

Yes. Radish sprouts contain numerous nutrients that can be very beneficial. Guinea pigs eat radish sprouts but in low quantity as a result of the calcium content. The guinea pigs can eat radish sprouts alongside the radishes at most two times a week.

Not many guinea pigs like radishes, but some guinea pig may like radish leaves. Their dislike for radishes is based on the fact that some guinea pigs don’t like the spicy and bitter tastes which radishes possess.

Bottom Line

Although radishes might be toxic to guinea pigs when fed excessively, they are still a source of vitamins and minerals to the guinea pigs. They provide guinea pigs with nutrients like vitamin C, calcium and iron.

They are a source of fiber, which help proper digestion. Radishes should not be a daily meal for guinea pigs. They would be perfect as treats.

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