Can Guinea Pigs Eat Carnations? Are Carnation Flowers Unsafe?

Guinea pigs thrive well on fresh veggies, spinach, carrots, and grasses. These foods provide the necessary nutritional ingredients for guineas’ health and growth. Asides from these, guinea pigs also feed on treats. However, they feed on them sparingly.

Recently, guinea owners are curious as to whether carnations are safe as treats for their piggy pal. Although they are well-eaten by humans, it is safe to understand that guineas don’t have the same dietary requirements as we do.

This makes you wonder; Can guinea pigs eat carnation flowers?

No, guinea pigs cannot eat carnations. Carnations are among the flowers that are unsafe for guinea pigs as they are likely to contain toxic compounds.

What Are Carnations?

Carnations are species of flowering plants usually pink, containing grey-green-like leaves and red or pink flowers. They are also known as clove pink, grenadine, or flower of God.

These carnations are widely used in herbal medicine for the treatment of coronary or nervous disorders. In addition, they are used to treat muscle spasms, hair loss, and diarrhea.

In essence, these chemicals found in carnations may be safe to be used by humans for the treatment of diseases. However, they are unsafe when consumed by guinea pigs.

Why Are Carnations Unsafe for Guinea Pigs?

can guinea pigs eat carnations?

Animals like cats, horses, and dogs are highly intolerant of the constituents found in carnations. As a result, they may not be affected if they eat carnation petals or stems.

However, your piggy pal will show signs of poisoning once it eats any of the parts of the carnations. A few weeks ago, my neighbor attempted to feed his guinea with some petals of carnations. He did not have prior knowledge of the dangers of doing so.

The guinea pig was perfectly fine, but that lasted only for a few hours. It did not take long for her to start showing signs of poisoning, and this was when I got informed.

Quickly, we booked an appointment with my vet doctor, who examined her and gave possible prescriptions.

Therefore, it is advised not to attempt to give your guinea carnations whether as food or as a treat. On rare occasions, some guinea pigs have eaten carnations petals without experiencing any side effects.

But the cases are rare, so it is better not to attempt feeding them with it.

Symptoms of Carnations Poisoning in Guinea Pigs

As we mentioned earlier, eating carnations, petals, or stems lead to poisoning. If you are not always careful, your piggy pal might eat them without your knowledge.

To avoid complications, you need to know the signs and symptoms guinea pigs exhibit when they eat carnations.

This way, you can detect the cause on time and act accordingly. The symptoms of carnation poisoning include.

1. Vomiting

If you find your guinea vomiting, it could be a result of carnation poisoning. Once eaten, the carnations react with the stomach and result in the emptying of their content.

2. Diarrhea

Unlike in humans where carnations heal by treating diarrhea, they do the opposite in guinea pigs. Depending on the number of carnations your guinea pig feeds on, they may experience diarrhea.

If your piggy pal ate a large quantity, especially the stem, chances are high that it will develop diarrhea.

3. Dermatitis

Dermatitis refers to skin irritations caused by either infections or genetics. However, it has been discovered that guinea pigs also develop dermatitis when they eat carnations.


Carnations are generally unsafe for the guinea pigs. It contains toxic chemicals that can harm them, and it also leads to food poisoning. Symptoms of food poisoning are; vomiting, stomach upset, diarrhea, etc.

Although your guinea may or may not be affected when they eat carnations, it is advisable not to attempt feeding it to them.

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