Spring onions are also known as green onions or scallions and are in fact very young onions that have been harvested before the bulb has had time to swell.
They are eaten with salads and in many other culinary situations and are beloved around the world for their taste and aroma.
They can be purchased from good supermarkets and grocery stores around the world.
So can guinea pigs eat spring onion?
Let’s take a look at their nutritional content and find out more.
Lets take a look here and find out more, in particular their acidic content, phosphorus, sugar, and fat content is of most particular interest to piggies.
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 166 kJ (40 kcal)
9.34 g
Sugars 4.24 g
Dietary fiber 1.7 g
0.1 g
1.1 g
Thiamine (B1) (4%) 0.046 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (2%) 0.027 mg
Niacin (B3) (1%) 0.116 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5) (2%) 0.123 mg
Vitamin B6 (9%) 0.12 mg
Folate (B9) (5%) 19 μg
Vitamin C (9%) 7.4 mg
Calcium (2%) 23 mg
Iron (2%) 0.21 mg
Magnesium (3%) 10 mg
Manganese (6%) 0.129 mg
Phosphorus (4%) 29 mg
Potassium (3%) 146 mg
Zinc (2%) 0.17 mg
Other constituents
Water 89.11 g
Fluoride 1.1 µg
(source: Wikipedia)
As you can see spring onions contain a little phosphorus and sugar, a hint of calcium, a hint of fat, and are quite acidic. They also contain a huge amount of water.
Unfortunately, this means that they can’t eat spring onions. They are just too acidic for piggies to eat and should be avoided as a food for them. If consumed they may make them sick, if not worse.
If they do consume spring onions, then it is recommended that veterinary advice is sought as quickly as you can.