Today we are reviewing:

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Science Selective Guineapig Food (image from Supreme Pet Foods site)

Supreme Science Selective Guinea Pig Food.

The Squidgypigs were delighted to be sent some Science Selective Guineapig food to try.

What is it?
Guinea pig food
Nuggets
To be fed alongside hay, water and veg

Ingredients:
Alfalfa meal, whole grain wheat, wheat bran, soybean hulls, soybean meal, pea flakes, linseed, beet pulp, soya oil, fennel seeds, mono-calcium phosphate, salt, calcium carbonate, dried dandelion, dried nettle. Contains genetically modified soya.

What can your pets do with it?:
Eat it

Where can I buy it?:
The Range
Pets at Home
Independent petshops
Some garden centres
Online

Price:
£3.50 for 1.5kg at Zooplus seems to currently be the best value.

Nutrition:
With plenty of vitamin C, omega 3 rich linseed for shiny coats and a uniform nugget shape to prevent selective feeding Science Selective Guinea Pig Food clearly ticks all the nutritional boxes. The inclusion of yummy dandelion, fennel and nettle add a yummy appealing smell and taste.

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Squidgypigs - Blondie and her Science Selective

As mentioned with the Tesco nuggets; the calcium content of 0.8% could possibly be problematic for animals with known calcium issues but shouldn’t prove a problem for your average healthy pig and does help with those ever-growing teeth.

The dental theme continues with exclusion of added sugars, molasses and artificial sweeteners; as the Supreme Pet Foods website states:

many guinea pig foods contain molasses or syrup or other sugary ingredients. This extra sugar in a guinea pig’s diet can lead to overeating and obesity. It can also lead to dental problems too.

The website does warn that if usually fed more sugary foods guinea pigs could initially be a little hesitant in trying this new food.

Review:
I first encountered Supreme’s Science selective pet foods nearly a decade ago when my beloved Netherland Dwarf house rabbit known as… Little Bunny (Big Bunny was a continental giant) developed maloccluded molars. After extensive dental surgery my vet at the time recommended we try him on Science Selective because the nuggets are designed to work alongside hay to help wear down rabbit and guineapig teeth; which being open-rooted continue to grow all their lives. They were the perfect size and shape ensuring that both Big Bunny and Little Bunny could eat and enjoy the nuggets and I do consider that adding the Science Selective nuggets to Little Bunny’s diet did help extend the time between tooth burring procedures.
I was therefore quite surprised to discover that Science Selective Guinea Pig was a completely different size and shape.

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Science Selective Guinea Pig Nuggets

The nuggets’ shape reminded me of some brands of dry cat food. Medium brown and hard and gritty in texture the nuggets are large, firm and designed to help wear down teeth. I was however slightly concerned that some babies could find the nuggets a little large. Baby guineapigs are born developmentally precocious meaning they can eat and drink like adults from birth (and breed from just three weeks) and I just couldn’t imagine a newborn being able to manage more than a tiny scrape off of the Science Selective nuggets.

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Squidgypigs - Doughnut and her nuggets

Although initially hesitant when I first introducing the Science Selective the adults soon seemed to be rather impressed, as you can see Football couldn’t get enough:

My concerns about the large size of the nuggets did unfortunately appear founded when I noticed that the smaller babies appeared to be struggling to munch their Science Selective. You could of course crush or soak the nuggets for babies (or older animals that need some assistance) but I think to be completely honest if I was planning on regularly having babies here (which I’m certainly not) I would probably use a different brand until they are older. Other piggy slaves would probably disagree though because the babies seemed very interested and I can definitely confirm that once broken the babies loved the nuggets.

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Squidgypigs - Ned & his nuggets.

Conclusion:
These nuggets are loved by the piggies that can manage such a large nugget. Nutritionally sound with a focus on natural ingredients and a real understanding of small animal dental needs Science Selective Guineapig food is a superb option to feed your Squidgypigs.

Love & Chin Rubs xox