Originally Posted by fur_ball
it isnt the worst foos available, thats your opinion, if its that bad, why do so many people use it?it may be a choking hazard but lots of thing could be, what about small bits of veg, thick stems of hay or a tough pellet? im not "so" concerned about what they eat in the wild as mine isnt a wild pig.they had had no bloodwork done on them and all have dies from age.are you trying to say just feed them hay and veg?wheat and corn isnt junk, its just a little different taste for the cavy, it isnt just plain, boring pellets that look crap.and besides gurty guinea pig food has imporved a lot recently and isnt as bad as it once were, it atall bad.my guinea pig eats only the top quality, no cheap crap.looking on the ingreadient list on the food, it says nothing about limestone/grind up rock. so either you getting confused or lieing.
I got the limestone from the ingredients that they list:
Supreme Pet Foods at PETCO
If you click ingredients, you get the list of ingredients for Gerty Guinea Pig:
Dehydrated alfalfa pellets, flaked field peas, flaked corn, whole oats flaked whole wheat, dehulled soybean meal, ground whole wheat, chopped alfalfa hay, corn flour, ground locus bean, wheat middlings, flour, natural flavoring, soy oil, ground limestone
, glucose syrup, dicalcium phosphate, linseed oil, ferric oxide, ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate, ferrous sulfate, choline chloride, manganese sulfate, zinc sulfate, vitamin E supplement, vitamin A supplement, nicotinic acid, copper sulfate, vitamin B12 supplement, biotin, calcium pantothenate, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of vitamin K activity), thiamine hydrochloride, sodium selenite, riboflavin, vitamin D3 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride (source of vitamin B6), folic acid, calcium iodate, cobalt carbonate, artificial color.
I am not trying to say to feed only hay and vegetables (although we have used that diet for guinea pigs with bladder stones caused by junk pellets that are poorly balanced like Gerty, or other pellet related problems like overweight pigs that have been fed nothing but pellets). I'm sorry if you think it's "boring" for the pigs to eat a plain pellet, but I can assure you that my pigs get all fired up over Oxbow pellets every day, and love the way they taste. And I go out of my way to make sure they have a variety of vegetables, which makes their diet interesting and healthy for them. And I'm not putting unhealthy ingredients into them like wheat and corn. Cavies just aren't designed to process those foods, and corn is full of sugar to boot.
Anywho, whether you change or not, at least now you know.
Originally Posted by luvnature
was just thinking that maybe since he works in a Petstore he may think that he knows everything.
Maybe thats why he comes off with such an attitude. There are a lot of I, I, I, I's in his posts.
If you want to become a fully trained vet then there are lotz of other people you will have to Listen to eventually...you cant just do things the way you want to. Your way might now always be best. To be a good vet it takes one that will listen and that takes humblness an humility. I said it before and i will say it again...We all keep learning.
Yeah, we get that a lot with pet store employees. They really resist being told things like 3 square feet isn't fine for a guinea pig, or that they need friends, or vegetables, or hay. Because, you know, none of their pigs have died.