A viral guinea pig video is adorable, but may actually contain a serious health risk to the guinea pigs.
Finkley Down Farm, a farm based in Hampshire, United Kingdom, recently posted a video which went viral. The video features guinea pigs feasting on a mound of Brussels sprouts, and the guinea pigs are absolutely delighted with their special treats.
It's an adorable video, and you can see why it went viral.
But the video has raised some concerns among animal lovers. Mainly, guinea pig owners are worried because Brussels sprouts can cause a condition called gastric bloat. Bloat is very serious and can cause guinea pigs to die. When Brussels sprouts are fed in large amounts, the risk for bloat increases.
Finkley Down Farms responded to the concerned comments on their Facebook page, posting the following message:
"Thank you for your concern we really do appreciate it, at Finkley the welfare of our animals is paramount and we take every care to ensure they are happy and well looked after. We have expert livestock staff who are experienced in working with the animals' individual nutritional needs and tailoring their diets to ensure their differing requirements are met. We also back up our knowledge with further research to ensure that any changes to feeding guidelines are adhered to.
We are aware that brussel sprouts can be difficult for guinea pigs to digest, however, these are safe for them to eat in moderation - something we keep a close eye on to ensure they aren't getting carried away! Thank you again for your message and concern, it's great to know that other people care about the guinea pigs as much as we do!
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas, with best wishes from all the staff at Finkley (and the guinea pigs!)."
So, are Brussels sprouts safe for guinea pigs? In small amounts, maybe, but you definitely don't want to overdo it. It's better to stick with a safer holiday treat for your guinea pigs this year, as adorable as the viral video is.
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