“ Brand: Wagg Foods / Food Type: Rodent / Small Pet Food „
After being advised on the best type of food to be serving to "my boys" (two beautiful guinea pigs!), I now find my self reviewing what seems to have gone down a storm with Fudge and Alvin!
The product in question is - "Wagg, optimum premium guinea pig food".
The reason the pellet variety of food was recommended for the boys instead of the various different "muesli's" available, is due to the fact it stops selective feeding, and it does work too, I purchased some muesli a while bag as it does look much nicer than these pellets, full of different colours and shapes, and immediately the boys started picking out their favourite bits and dumping all the crap, ie the green flakes, they seemed to really dislike these, so this meant I was having to fill their bowl twice as often, which of course is not economical at all!
These pellets contain all the things that the boys would need daily as part of a healthy varied diet, though they will still need hay to nibble and there favourite fresh vegetable treats too, but these are what I would deem as the "bulk" of there diet.
It is recommended that for one guinea pig they should have between 35g-50g a day, though this should be offered in two sittings, and contains all the vitamins and nutrients they would need for a healthy life.
These being -
Vitamins A, C and E, for a healthy immune system, with vitamin C being essential for there overall health and well being.
There are also added nutrients in the form of fibre for digestion and added yeasts to support the digestion process, though with how often I have to clean them out, I don't think this is something the boys have a problem with!
Ingredients include sunflower extract, apples, grapes, linseed, grass and wheat feed, but doesn't contain any artificial colours or flavourings, though my boys bounce around the cage as it is, so being smacked off there faces on E numbers is probably a good thing!
This is a dry food product and so being should be kept dry before feeding to the guinea pigs, this comes in a paper type bag, so I have fund that it is better to be decanted into a cereal storer, this not only keeps the food dry, but it makes it easier to dish out too, my daughter dropped some of the pellets on the floor when pouring straight from the bag and my husband thought the boys had been flicking there poo out of the cage! (Again, it seems to be some sort of entertainment for them!)
In addition to keeping the dry stuff dry, you also have to provide plenty of fresh drinking water for when they eat it, I would imagine for them it is the equivalent of eating a pack of crackers for us!
This food comes in a 2.5kg bag, which equates to a good few weeks worth of food (even for my greedy little men!), an costs around the £4.00 mark, with this being available for purchase from any good pet store and even from larger supermarkets too.
This is by far the boys favourite food (though they will literally rip your hand of for a carrot!), so from them and me, recommended!
Thanks for reading x
My guinea pigs will not eat any of the mix / muesli type guinea pig foods so when I saw the Wagg Optimum I decided to try it as it is a complete food which helps to prevent selective feeding, another plus point was that it had added Vitamin C in it which is a must with guinea pigs as like humans they are unable to produce their own.
The pellets in the food are a nice small uniform size which I think would be beneficial to really small guinea pigs as some nuggets I have seen have been on the larger size which could be difficuly for younger ones to manage.
Unfortunately I live in a small town and I found it difficult to find stockists of the Wagg food in my area so I decided to switch to another brand which was more readily available. If it wasn't for this I would still be feeding the Wagg as not only was it nutritionally good for them it was also reasonably priced.
Please rememember if you are swicthing brands to introduce the new one gradually to avoid stomach upsets.
I thought I would put my guinea-pig interest to some better use and comment on the feed that I use for my own animals.
After starting my cavies on a store-bought brand of nuggets, I quickly became disatisfied with the level of nutrients that it had contained in them. After contacting the Cambridge Cavy Trust, they recommended this particular brand. One basis for their recent change to the Wagg brand as a whole was the fact that this contains no artificial colours or flavourings, unlike some other popular guinea pig feed.
What is particularly useful about the Wagg Optimum product, is that the nuggets are all the same in the pack (i.e. small, brown easily digestable pellets). Although this prima facie may suggest that there is a lack of variety in the diet, this is not the case; the reason for such a lack of diversity is to prevent selective consumption. One of my cavies, for example, is incredibly picky, whilst the other is incredibly greedy; the result would be that whatever the picky one ate, the greedy one would definitely be left with; the consequence being an unbalanced diet.
Although the product DOES contain the Vitamin C that is essential in a guinea-pigs diet, this should in no way be used as a substitute for fresh greens and vegetables that should be fed daily. Please visit the guinea lynx website for a full and detailed list of all vegetables suitable for guinea pigs and a list of their calcius/phospherous ratio. I would also suggest that vitamin C drops which can be added to water are not good value for money, as vitamin C deteriorates in water within a 3-4 hours, and in even less time when placed into direct sunlight. Unless you guinea pig has undiagnosed diabetes, no guinea pig is likely to drink a whole bottle within this length of time. Also, fresh HAY must also be available for your guinea pig 24/7 - this must be dust extracted to prevent respiratory problems.
Another advantage of this feed is that it can be bought it in ASDA; I am not sure about other supermarkets, but I am aware that Tesco has also had it stocked. This makes it accessable and cheaper than if ordered over the internet. However, 10kg bags may only be purchased from certain sites, and are generally not available in Pet Shops, so for owners with larger amounts of stock, the availability of the smaller bags may be problematic. However, for those with one or two cavies, the 2.5kg bag will suffice for a good length of time.
With regards price, I am aware that there are cheaper brands of pet food; however, I am fully convinced that you get what you pay for, and as far as I am concerned, when it comes to animal health and nutrition, your animals deserve the best, and this is most definitely what you get when you purchase Wagg.
(Please note, I am a student, and do NOT work for Wagg)
My guinea's love this food! what can i say! It has all the vitamins and minerals that they need, to keep a healthy coat and teeth.If your guinea's don't like those little brown pellets, then this may not be right for you as it's full of them!
Contains Wheatfeed / Sunflower / Grass / Lucerne / Oatfeed / Maize / Locust Bean Meal / Syrup / Vegetable Oil / Yeast / Vitamins / Minerals