Everything in the garden is growing well now. Noting a few weeds in the garden - could they be a treat that you didn't think about? Dandelions and milk thistle often grow in our backyards, but did you know that you can feed them to your rabbits and guinea pigs?
Dandelions are definitely safe for your rabbits and guinea pigs to eat. Dandelions are very nutritious and contain even more beta-carotene that carrots, more iron and calcium than spinach, and more potassium than bananas.
Not only are they full of nutrients, dandelions are one of the favorites of most rabbits and guinea pigs. Other benefits of feeding your pet dandelions include promotion of digestion, good dental wear and good respiratory health.
More good news: there are no poisonous look-alikes for dandelions: pretty much anything that you find with serrated leaves growing in a rosette pattern will be edible. You may pull up chicory or thistle or plantain, but these are all edible.
Once you’ve introduced dandelions, watch for diarrhoea and if it occurs, discontinue giving as your pet may be sensitive, but this is a rare occurrence.
Be sure never to use dandelions that have been directly sprayed or are located in the vicinity of any kind of chemical herbicide or fertilizer.