Can Guinea Pigs Eat Ice Cream?

Can Guinea Pigs Eat Ice Cream

It’s time for ice cream! Can we all agree that everyone loves ice cream? Yes! There’s not one single person that would refuse ice cream, anytime, anywhere, whether it’s winter or summer. And even pets like such mouthwatering treats, but sadly they are not so healthy for them. Most animals do not digest the sugars or they get health issues afterward. Yet, we still give our adorable pets a taste of sweet treats once in a while, let’s admit. But, responsibility toward the health of our pets is more important, so let’s explore what ice cream does for guinea pigs.

Can guinea pigs eat ice cream? The answer is no. This is for two main reasons: ice cream is a dairy product and it contains sugar. So, these ingredients are not regular or good food for the guinea pig. Of course, ice cream will not kill the guinea pig, if it’s given in small amounts just as a treat. But, if the guinea pig licks some ice cream, some side effects are expected, like diarrhea at first. If your guinea pig had a larger amount of ice cream and shows signs of tummy pains or similar symptoms, go to the vet as soon as you can. So, as a final conclusion: ice cream is not recommended for guinea pigs.

Surprisingly, many owners give ice cream to their cavies more often than they should – and this is a mistake. But, this also proves that a bit of ice cream taste is not fatal for the cavy. Most of the time owners even claimed the cavy had a sugar rush after having some ice cream! However, we will cover the side effects and benefits of ice cream below in the following sections.

Health Benefits of Guinea Pigs Eating Ice Cream

One of the benefits of ice cream, surprisingly, is that it has carbs, proteins, and fibers. These are the main nutrients needed on a daily basis. They are useful for getting energy, as well as fibers for proper digestion and a healthy stomach.

Ice cream also has vitamins! Who would have thought that the best dessert ever has beneficial nutrients, right? Well, ice cream has vitamin A, E, and also C. Vitamin A is for the best optimal health of all organs from head to toe, as well as for the immunity. The vitamin E is for healthy skin, skin tissues, stopping the inflammation and for preventing heart issues.

And, the best of them all – the vitamin C. Without this vitamin, the cavies get a disease named scurvy. This shows bad symptoms like a rough coat, swollen joints, weight loss, diarrhea and more.

Vitamin B  is also in the ice cream! B1, B2, B3, B5, and B6 – for a healthy nervous system, proper growth, boosted brain function, more serotonin and fewer birth defects in pregnancy.

The magnesium and potassium can relieve muscle aches and are good for regulating blood pressure.

Nutrition Facts of Ice Cream

For example, we’re gonna show the details for plain, vanilla ice cream. In 100 g (3 oz) of ice cream, there is:

  • Total of 200 calories
  • 6 g carbs
  • 7 g fiber
  • 2 g sugar
  • 11 g fat
  • 5 g protein
  • 8% vitamin A
  • 1% vitamin C
  • 1% vitamin E
  • 3% thiamin aka B1
  • 14% riboflavin aka B2
  • 1% niacin aka B3
  • 2% vitamin B6
  • 1% folate
  • 6% pantothenic acid aka B5
  • 13% calcium
  • 3% magnesium
  • 11% phosphorus
  • 6% potassium
  • 5% zinc
  • 1% copper
  • 3% selenium

Risks to Consider When Feeding Ice Cream to Guinea Pigs

One risk of guinea pigs consuming ice cream is the sugar content. That amount of sugar is too much for cavies to digest in a healthy way. Plus, the dairy additives in ice cream are just too much for them to handle! Rodents are not meant to digest dairy products or sugars. And ice cream has both.

Quick Facts on Ice Cream

  • Ice cream was originally made from ice, back in the 10th century.
  • Mass ice cream production started in 1851 in the USA.
  • Ice cream is not the healthiest food, but it is good for energy.
  • It has vitamins and minerals, but some minerals are not fit for the guinea pig.

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Before I let you go, one final thought on food. With food, you can’t ever be too careful which is why I get all guinea pig food from a reliable source such as Amazon. If you are not sure what to order but believe your little piggies deserve some great treats please check our Helpful Guide to the Best Guinea Pig Treats to get some ideas. We have also made a full list of foods that guinea pigs can and can’t eat (150+ Types of Foods). Be sure to also check our recommended products page for everything you will ever need to assure a happy life for your Guinea Pigs. Hope this information was helpful and you have found the answer you were looking for.

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Clarissa Moolbrock

Clarissa Moolbrock is one of the founders and editor at Guinea Pig Tube. She is also an author of "Complete Guinea Pig Care Guide: The Essential, Practical Guide To All Aspects of Caring for Your Guinea Pigs" (available on Amazon). Being a veterinary technician helping animals and sharing her experience and knowledge with other guinea pig owners is her passion. Her life goal is to popularise guinea pigs as pets and that is why she has started Guinea Pig Tube website.