Mazuri Guinea Pig Pellets

mazuri-guinea-pig-pelletsHere we are back again with another guinea pig pellets review! The point is to determine whether a particular brand of pellet is good or bad for our furry little critters. After all, we want the absolute best for our pets, and a lot of companies out there don’t care about that, they only care about the money they make. One such company that I emailed even admitted that they added wheat and soy (which are bad) to their products after they didn’t make as much money from the first lot. I mean, adding bad ingredients to your pets food just so you can sell a few more doesn’t make any sense!

Anyway! Without further ado, here we are with Mazuri guinea pig pellets.

These pellets are apparently designed for guinea pigs of all life stages, which means that it is supposed to meet all the requirements for nursing mothers from pups to adults and all stages in between. I find this just a wee bit off-putting as guinea pigs have different nutritional requirements at different stages. For example, pups need more calcium then adults do, and pregnant or nursing sows need more protein in their diet to help them cope. Some of the best brands have two formulas, one that I know even has five!



Ingredients

  • Ground timothy hay
  • Ground soybean hulls
  • Wheat middlings
  • Dehulled soybean meal
  • Ground oats
  • Flaxseed
  • Cane molasses
  • Whole wheat
  • Calcium carbonate
  • Soybean oil
  • Salt
  • Dicalcium phosphate
  • Dried whey
  • L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (stabilized vitamin C)
  • Magnesium oxide
  • Choline chloride
  • Dl-methionine
  • Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product dehydrated
  • Lactobacillus casei fermentation product dehydrated
  • Bifidobacterium thermophilum fermentation product dehydrated
  • Vitamin A supplement
  • Dried yucca shidigera extract
  • Enterococcus faecium fermentation product dehydrated
  • Menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of vitamin K)
  • Vitamin D3 supplement
  • Folic acid
  • Pyridoxine hydrochloride
  • Ground rice hulls
  • Calcium pantothenate
  • D-alpha tocopheryl acetate
  • Riboflavin
  • Vegetable oil
  • Thiamine mononitrate
  • Vitamin B12 supplement
  • Nicotinic acid
  • Cobalt carbonate
  • Manganous oxide
  • Zinc oxide
  • Ferrous carbonate
  • Copper sulfate
  • Zinc sulfate
  • Calcium iodate
  • Sodium selenite

Whoa! We have a huge list of ingredients here to go through! Okay, so the two most obvious ones that are usually at the top of the list are soybeans and wheat. Since you find those ingredients in just about every single pellet, there is no point in ruling them out altogether, so lets move on.

Analysis

  • Crude protein  18.0%
  • Crude fat 4.0%
  • Crude fiber 18.0%
  • Calcium 1.1%

Okay so this is way too high in calcium. Overall calcium levels should be no higher then 0.6% and then on top of that would come the vegetables, so with all that calcium in their bodies it could lead to bladder stones and high vet bills.

Overall I’d say that this is a pellet to be avoided. If you can’t find anything else near you, have a look at my pellets dictionary for more reviews.

I give it a two star rating ⭐️⭐️

Our recommended pellets are oxbow and small pet select. Be sure to let me know in the comments below if there are any brands that you would like me to review!

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6 thoughts on “Mazuri Guinea Pig Pellets

  • December 27, 2016 at 11:31 am
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    You must certainly have a love for this animal. I have visited this site before and your insight has went to another level. All of which is very enlightening.

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    • December 27, 2016 at 7:55 pm
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      Thank you! I’m just nuts about guinea pigs!

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  • December 27, 2016 at 2:58 pm
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    Pet food nutritional requirements are something that is not sufficient in foods this day and age. I see it on a regular basis in not just Guinea pig food but other foods such as cat foods. Money blinds companies to provide foods that are more harmful than good.

    Guinea pigs are important just like other pets and special attention to even diets plays a major role. I am so appreciative to companies that focus on the important food needs because they are the companies that prove just in ingredients alone that animals are like family in every shape and form.

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    • December 27, 2016 at 7:55 pm
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      I agree, it is sad that it is not a priority for most 🙁

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  • December 27, 2016 at 7:24 pm
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    Hey Emma,

    I just got a guinea pig for Christmas. It’s a baby one. I do love her, though. I did have a question for you. Is this guinea pig food for babies or adults? Does it matter? I have a small bag of food, but I want to make sure I want to give her the best food possible. Also, are there any supplements for guinea pigs?

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    • December 27, 2016 at 7:49 pm
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      Hi Garen!
      What a fantastic Christmas present! You lucky thing 😀 This food review is actually for both, as I stated it is not good for guinea pigs because of its vitamin c. You can check out the pellets dictionary

    • http://guineapigsforever.com/guinea-pig-pellets
    • and see if there are any you fancy. I recommend oxbow as it has a mixture for both babies and adults. Here is the link to the pellets for young guinea pigs.

    • http://amzn.to/2ioiIQb
    • It is very important that babies get the nutrition they need while they are growing up. They require more then adults which is why it is good to have a brand of pellets that has two different kinds for adults and babies.
      Hope I helped
      -Emma

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