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Can Guinea Pigs Eat Dragon Fruit? Vet-Reviewed Nutrition Facts

Brooke Billingsley

By Brooke Billingsley

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Dragon fruit is a delicious fruit that’s also known as pitaya or strawberry pear and comes from a variety of cactus species in Central America. These fruits come with a variety of internal colors, including pink, yellow, and white, but most species have pink or yellow skin.

With the rise of aesthetic food presentations in social media, dragon fruit has moved to the forefront of the movement, thanks to its aesthetically appealing and delicious-looking appearance. Depending on where you live, you may be lucky enough to find dragon fruit at your local supermarket, but is this one of the fruits you’ll be able to share with your guinea pig pal? We got good news – yes, guinea pigs can eat dragon fruit in moderation. Continue for more important details.

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Can Guinea Pigs Eat Dragon Fruit?

Yes, guinea pigs can eat dragon fruit in moderation, although they should not be fed the skin of the fruit, so make sure to remove the meat of the fruit from the peel before feeding. There are no scientific studies into dragon fruit and guinea pigs but anecdotal evidence shows that it is safe and often enjoyed by them.

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Is Dragon Fruit Good for Guinea Pigs?

Yes, dragon fruit is a healthy fruit option for guinea pigs. Due to its phosphorus content, they should be fed no more often than a few small pieces a few times per week.

Dragon fruit has many health benefits for your guinea pig, though. It is low in calories, making it a good option as a treat since your guinea pig will likely love the taste. Compared to many other fruits, it’s relatively low in sugar and calcium, which also makes it appropriate as a regular treat. Although very exotic in appearance, dragon fruit is actually a mild-flavored fruit, similar to a combination of a pear and kiwi.

It’s a great source of fiber, which can help support your guinea pig’s digestive health. Other nutrients that your guinea pig will get from dragon fruit include iron, magnesium, and even a small amount of protein, as well as antioxidants. One study found that the antioxidants in dragon fruit are better at protecting some fatty acids from experiencing damage from free radicals than 16 other tropical berries and fruits.

Fruit in Your Guinea Pig’s Diet

Good quality hay should form the basis of your guinea pig’s daily diet. In addition to this they should have a cup of mixed vegetables and around a tablespoon of guinea pig pellets. Fruit is not a staple part of their diet but can be offered as an occasional treat to provide variety. A varied diet is important for maintaining your guinea pig’s health, but 85% of their diet should be hay and grasses. Timothy is the most common hay recommended for guinea pigs, and they should always have access to this.

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In Conclusion

Dragon fruit is a tasty and very nutritious treat you can offer to your guinea pig a few times per week. They don’t need more than a few small pieces at a time, and due to the phosphorus content of this fruit, it shouldn’t be offered more than three times weekly. It should also only be used as part of a properly balanced, healthy diet that is designed to maintain the health of your guinea pig.

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Brooke Billingsley

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After nine years as a veterinary assistant, Brooke Billingsley transitioned to a career as a nurse in 2013. She lives in Arkansas with her boyfriend, sharing their home with three dogs, two cats, five fish, and two snails. A dedicated animal lover, Brooke has a special place in her heart for special needs pets, including a three-legged senior dog and a famous cat with acromegaly and cerebellar hypoplasia. is one of her hobbies, and she is constantly improving her knowledge to care for her aquarium pets. Brooke is an active yoga enthusiast, having obtained her 200-hour yoga teacher certification in 2020. She believes in the importance of continuous learning and dedicates time each day to developing new skills and expanding her knowledge....Read more

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