Guinea Pig Pellets- Which Ones Should I Buy?

Good quality guinea pig pellets (also known as nuggets) are an important part of a guinea pig's daily diet providing them with the balanced nutrition required in addition to daily hay and fresh vegetables & fruit. A good pellet food will help provide your guinea pigs with essential protein, fibre, nutrients and vitamins that are required to keep their teeth, skin and bones healthy.

We've put together in-depth information on what you need to know when deciding which is the best pellet food for your guinea pigs including a comparison table for some of the most popular dried food as well as more detailed ingredients and nutritional information on each brand further down the page.

What Ingredients Should the Pellet Food Contain?

As a guide, the pellets should contain around 12-16% of crude fibre, 18-20% crude protein and 2-5% fat. They should also be enriched with vitamin C as guinea pigs cannot make this vitamin and need to consume it daily within their diet (pellets and fresh veg) to ensure they get enough of this essential nutrient.

What Is the Best Pellet Food for Guinea Pigs?

Below is a table showing some of the most popular brands of dried guinea pig food together with some of the more important nutritional information. 

Guinea Pig Pellet Brands - Nutrition Guide
PELLETS
Top 5 Ingredients Listed on Packet
Crude Protein
Crude Oils & Fats
Crude Fibre
  • Timothy hay
  • soybean hulls
  • soybean meal
  • sodium bentonite
  • wheat middlings
14%
2%
25%
  • Timothy Grass Meal
  • Soybean Hulls
  • Soybean Meal
  • Cane Molasses
  • Wheat Middlings
14%
2%
25%
  • Grass Meal
  • Wheat
  • Lucerne
  • Maize
  • Soya Bean Hulls
17%
4%
15%
  • Grass
  • Wheat
  • Soya Bean Hulls
  • Oat Feed
  • Hi Pro Soya
17%
4%
17%
  • Sunflower Extract
  • Wheatfeed
  • Grass
  • Oatfeed
  • Maize
17%
4.5%
17%
  • Alfalfa meal
  • whole wheat
  • wheat feed
  • soybean hulls
  • soybean meal
16%
4%
15%
  • Oat Fibre
  • Wheat Fibre
  • Sunflower Meal
  • Grass Meal
  • Carob Bean Meal
16%
4.2%
19%
  • Alfalfa
  • Soyabean Hulls
  • Soya Bean Meal
  • Wheatfeed
  • Wheat
18%
3%
16%
Asda Guinea Pig Nuggets
-
  • Wheatfeed
  • Oatfeed
  • Sunflower Extract
  • Grass
  • Lucerne
16%
5%
17%
Tesco Guinea Pig Nuggets
-
  • Wheatfeed
  • Oatfeed
  • Sunflower Meal
  • Grass
  • Lucerne
16%
4.5%
17%
Sainsbury's Guinea Pig Nuggets with Mint
-
  • Grass
  • Oatfeed
  • Barley
  • Wheat
  • Wheatfeed
13%
3%
17%

We have listed more in-depth nutritional information for all the above brands further down the page. This includes all the ingredients and nutritional information that is displayed on the pellet food packaging.

Below is a very short video about the Small Pet Select pellets. This is an excellent brand with good quality ingredients.

How many pellets a day?

Most brands recommend feeding 30-50 grams of pellets per guinea pig each day depending on your pet's weight. A smaller guinea pig may only need 30g whereas a larger one might require 50g.

Haypigs have produced a food bowl to help you give the correct portion sizes without having to  weight or measure the food. Filled to the top, the non-tip Junior Food Tamer bowl holds exactly the right amount of pellets for 2 guinea pigs. It has the added advantage of being a small bowl so doesn't take up unnecessary room in your pets' cage.

Be careful not to overfeed your guinea pigs with pellets as it can create health problems if they have too many on a regular basis.

What to avoid in dried food

There are lots of dried food and muesli mixes for guinea pigs but these are generally not good for them and can contain many additives and unhealthy foods that can cause health issues for your small pet.

For example, some will contain dried fruit, seeds, nuts and added sugars and colourings, all of which are not designed for guinea pigs. They're made to look enticing so don't be fooled by how delicious they look. They aren't healthy for your guinea pigs so spend your money on good quality pellets and leave the muesli on the shelf!

Alfalfa is an excellent source of calcium for young guinea pigs as well as pregnant and nursing mothers but once a young guinea pig is past 6 months old, they don't need it and need to be consuming Timothy hay based food. 

How to store the pellets

Vitamin C content can reduce over time if your pellets aren't stored correctly or if they are past  their best.

It's important to store the pellets in a dry and dark place and seal the bag or box that it is kept in to prolong its freshness. 

Always make sure the pellets you feed to your guinea pigs are within the best before date to ensure their nutritional content is retained.

Best food bowl for pellets

Guinea pigs sometimes put their feet on the edges of the feeding bowls when they're eating. To ensure the food bowls don't tip over, make sure you buy a ceramic or stoneware bowl or a non-tip bowl like the Haypigs Food Craving Tamer or the non-tip Junior Food Tamer bowl.

Small Pet  Select

Guaranteed Analysis

Crude Protein: Not Less Than 14.0% Crude Fat: Not Less Than 2.0% Crude Fiber: Not Less Than 25.0% Calcium: Not Less Than 0.4% Calcium: Not More than 0.6% Phosphorous: Not Less Than .25% Salt: Not Less Than .25% Salt: Not More than 0.75% Vitamin A: Not Less Than 8,650 IU/lb Vitamin D: Not Less Than 400 IU/lb Vitamin E: Not Less Than 86 IU/lb Vitamin C: Not Less Than 400 mg/lb

Ingredients

Timothy hay, soybean hulls, soybean meal, sodium bentonite, wheat middlings, molasses, calcium carbonate, lignin sulfonate, soybean oil, barley, salt, L-Ascorbyl-2-Monophosphate, zinc amino acid complex, manganese amino acid complex, copper amino acid complex, cobalt glucoheptonate, vitamin e supplement, choline chloride, manganese sulfate, niacin supplement, ferrous sulfate, zinc sulfate, zinc sulfate, manganous oxide, yucca schidigera extract, zinc oxide, calcium pantothenate, folic acid, copper sulfate, vitamin b-12 supplement, vitamin A supplement, biotin, riboflavin supplement, vitamin d3 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, sodium selenite, thiamine mononitrate, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of vitamin k activity), calcium iodate, selenium yeast, yeast culture, brewers dried yeast, dried saccharomyces cerevisiae Fermentation Solubles.

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Science Selective

Alfalfa meal, whole wheat, wheat feed, soybean hulls, soybean meal, flaked peas, linseed, sugar beet pulp, soybean oil, fennel seeds, monocalcium phosphate, salt, calcium carbonate, dried dandelion. May contain genetically modified soya. Additives: Additives: Vitamin A 23000IU/kg, Vitamin C 800mg/kg, Vitamin D? 1500IU/kg, Ferrous sulphate monohydrate 152mg/kg, Calcium iodate anhydrous 1.5mg/kg, Copper sulphate pentahydrate 20mg/kg, Manganese oxide 38mg/kg, Zinc oxide 62mg/kg, Sodium selenite 0.2mg/kg. Crude protein 16.0%, Crude fibre 15.0%, Fat content 4.0%, Inorganic matter 6.5%, Calcium 0.8%, Phosphorus 0.5%.

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Burgess Blackcurrant & Oregano Pellets

Analytical Constituents

Beneficial fibre 31%, Crude Protein 17%, Crude Oils and Fats 4%, Crude Fibre 15%, Crude Ash 6.5%.

Composition

Grass Meal, Wheat, Lucerne, Maize, Soya Bean Hulls*, Oat Feed, Hi Pro Soya*, Peas, Wheatfeed, Unmolassed Sugar Beet Pulp, Yeast, SoyaOil*, Limestone, MonoCalciumPhosphate, DicalciumPhosphate, Salt, ShortChainFructo-oligosaccharides(0.25%), Blackcurrant (0.1%), Oregano (0.06%).
*May Contain GM Materials

Nutritional Additives

Vitamin A (retinylacetate) 25,000iu/kg, Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) 2,000iu/kg, Vitamin E (dlAlphatocopherol acetate) 155 mg/kg, Vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid monophosphate) 1,050 mg/kg, Copper Sulphate Pentahydrate 28 mg/kg, Iodine (Calcium lodateanhydrous) 2.34mg/kg, Sodium Selenite 0.22mg/kg, Ferrous Sulphate Monohydrate 133mg/kg, Manganous Oxide 16.1mg/kg, Zinc Oxide 139mg/kg.

Technological Additives

Tocopherol Rich Extracts of Natural Origin (E306) 100mg/kg

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Burgess Adult Guinea Pig Nuggets with Mint

Analytical Constituents

Beneficial fibre 36%, Crude Protein 17%, Crude Oils & Fats 4%, Crude Fibre 17%, Crude Ash 6.5%.

Composition

Grass, Wheat, Soya Bean Hulls*, Oat Feed, Hi Pro Soya, Lucerne, Yeast, Sugar Beet Pulp, Mint (1.25%), Soya Oil*, Limestone, MonoCalcium Phosphate, Dicalcium Phosphate, Salt, Ligno-Cellulose, Short Chain Fructo-Oligosaccharides (0.25%), Minerals.

*May Contain GM Materials

Nutritional Additives

Vitamin A (retinyl acetate) 25,000 iu/kg, Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) 2,000 iu/kg, Vitamin E (dl Alpha tocopherol acetate) 125 mg/kg, Vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid monophosphate) 1,050 mg/kg, Copper Sulphate Pentahydrate 28 mg/kg, Iodine (Calcium lodate anhydrous) 2.34 mg/kg, Sodium Selenite 0.22 mg/kg, Ferrous Sulphate Monohydrate 133 mg/kg, Manganous Oxide 16.1 mg/kg, Zinc Oxide 139 mg/kg.

Technological Additives

Tocopherol Rich Extracts of Natural Origin (E306) 100mg/kg.

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Oxbow Essentials - Adult Guinea Pig Food

For mature guinea pigs (over 6 months)

Timothy Grass Meal, Soybean Hulls, Soybean Meal, Cane Molasses, Wheat Middlings, Sodium Bentonite, Soybean Oil, Salt, Lignin Sulfonate, L-Ascorbyl-2-Monophosphate (Vitamin C), Monocalcium Phosphate, Choline Chloride, Vitamin E Supplement, Zinc Sulfate, Yeast Culture, Hydrolyzed Yeast, 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) 14.00%, Crude Fat (min) 2.00%, Crude Fiber (min) 25.00%, Crude Fiber (max) 28.00%, Moisture (max) 10.00%, Calcium (min) 0.35%, Calcium (max) 0.75%, Phosphorus (min) 0.25%, Vitamin A (min) 10,000 IU/kg, Ascorbic Acid (Vit C.) (min) 250 mg/kg, Vitamin D3 (min) 900 IU/kg, Vitamin E (min) 190 IU/kg

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Harringtons Optimum

Composition

Sunflower Ext., Wheatfeed, Grass, Oatfeed, Maize, Apple (4%), Grape (4%), Carob Meal, Vegetable Oil, Minerals, Yeast (0.1%)

Additives (per kg)

Vitamin A 23,500 iu, Vitamin D3 1,700 iu, Vitamin E (alpha tocopherol acetate) 95 mg, Vitamin C (ascorbyl monophosphate) 300 mg, Iron Sulphate Monohydrate 30 mg, Calcium Iodate Anhydrous 2.5 mg, Cupric Sulphate Pentahydrate 25 mg, Manganous Oxide 48 mg, Zinc Oxide 34 mg, Zinc Chelate 166 mg, Antioxidant

Analytical Constituents

Protein 17%, Fat Content 4.5%, Crude Fibre 17%, Crude Ash 7%, Calcium 0.8%, Phosphorous 0.6%

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Twitch Guinea Pig Nuggets by Wagg

Composition

Oat Fibre, Wheat Fibre, Sunflower Meal, Grass Meal, Carob Bean Meal, Apple Pomace (2%), Calcium Carbonate, Peas (1%), Linseed (1%), Vegetable Oil, Minerals, MOS (0.05%).

Additives (per kg)

Vitamin A 15,000 iu, Vitamin D3 1,500 iu, Vitamin E 90 mg, Vitamin C 250 mg, Zinc (Zinc Chelate of Amino Acid Hydrate) 20 mg, Manganese (Manganous Oxide) 30 mg, Zinc (Zinc Oxide) 30 mg, Iron (Iron Sulphate Monohydrate) 10 mg, Copper (Copper Sulphate Pentahydrate) 6.25 mg, Iodine (Calcium Iodate Anhydrous) 1.5mg, Antioxidants.

Analytical Constituents

Protein 16%, Fat Content 4.2%, Crude Fibre 19%

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Pets at home Guinea Pig Nuggets

Composition

Alfalfa; Soyabean Hulls*;Soya Bean Meal; Wheatfeed; Wheat; Barley; Peas; Oatfeed; Grass; Minerals; Soya oil*;Salt; Short Chain Fructo-oligosaccharides (min 0.2%) Mint&Rosemary.

Technological Additives (per kg)

Tocopherol Rich Extracts of Natural Origin 100mg. Nutritional Additives: Vitamins /Kg: Vitamin A (retinyl acetate) (E672) 25,000 iu/kg; Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) (E6761) 2,000 iu/kg; Vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid monophosphate) 800mg/kg; Vitamin E (dl Alpha tocopherol acetate) (3a700) 125 mg/kg; Copper (Copper Sulphate Pentahydrate) (E4) 28 mg/kg; Iodine (Calcium Iodate Anhydrous) (E2) 2.34 mg/kg; Selenium (Sodium Selenite) (E8) 0.22 mg/kg; Iron (Ferrous Sulphate Monohydrate) (E1) 133 mg/kg; Manganese (Manganous Oxide) (E5) 16 mg/kg; Zinc (Zinc oxide) (E6) 139 mg/kg; Technological Additives Tocopherol Rich Extracts of Natural Origin (E306)100mg/kg. Analytical Constituents: Protein 18%,Crude Fibres 16%,Crude Oils and Fats 3%,Crude Ash 6.5%,Moisture 10%.

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Asda Guinea Pig Nuggets

Ingredients

Wheatfeed, Oatfeed, Sunflower Extract, Grass, Lucerne, Carob Meal, Vegetable Oil, Calcium Carbonate, Linseed, Minerals, Yeast (0.08%)

Nutritional Values

Protein 16.0%, Crude Oils 5.0%, Crude Fibres 17.0%, Crude Ash 7.0%, Calcium 0.8%, Vitamin A 15000 IU/kg, Vitamin C 250 mg/kg, Vitamin D3 1500 IU/kg, Vitamin E 90 mg/kg, Calcium Iodate Anhydrous 2.3 mg/kg, Copper Sulphate Pentahydrate 25 mg/kg, Iron Sulphate Monohydrate 33 mg/kg, Manganous Oxide 48 mg/kg, Zinc Oxide 41 mg/kg, Zinc Chelate of Amino Acid Hydrate 133 mg/kg

Tesco Guinea Pig Nuggets

Ingredients

Composition: Wheatfeed, Oatfeed, Sunflower Meal, Grass, Lucerne, Carob Bean Meal, Vegetable Oil, Minerals, Linseed (1%).

Additives per kg:

Nutritional Additives: Vitamin A 15, 000 IU, Vitamin D3 1500 IU, Vitamin E 90 mg, Vitamin C 250 mg, Zinc Chelate of Amino Acid Hydrate 133 mg, Manganous Oxide 48 mg, Zinc Oxide 41 mg, Copper Sulphate Pentahydrate 25 mg, Calcium Iodate Anhydrous 2 mg. Antioxidant.

Analytical Constituents (%):

Protein: 16 / Fat Content: 4.5 / Crude Fibre: 17 / Inorganic Matter: 7.5 / Calcium: 0.8 / Phosphorous: 0.6

Sainsburys Guinea Pig Nuggets

Composition

Grass, Oatfeed, Barley, Wheat, Wheatfeed, Lucerne, Brewer's Yeast (1.25%), Mint (1%), Minerals, Sunflower Oil, Lignocellulose, Dicalcium Phosphate, Salt, Methionine.

Additives: Technological Additives

Tocopherol Rich Extracts from Vegetable Oils (Delta Rich) 125mg/kg.

Nutritional Additives

Vitamin A 20000 IU/kg, Vitamin D3 1600 IU/kg, Vitamin C 1050mg/kg, Zinc (Zinc Oxide) 80mg/kg, Vitamin E 60mg/kg, Iron ( Iron (II) Sulphate Monohydrate) 32mg/kg, Manganese (Manganese (II) Oxide) 8mg/kg, Copper (Copper (II) Sulphate Pentahydrate) 5.6mg/kg, Iodine (Calcium Iodate Anhydrous) 0.4 mg/kg, Selenium (Sodium Selenite) 0.08mg/kg.

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