For those wondering what is the difference between Professional and the regular formula: Professional formula offers more nutrients per pellet, meaning less pellets per pig. This is recommended for big hay eaters. I think more people would be interested in this because that would mean anyone with a hay loving pig (I'm assuming that's most of us) can try these pellets for the health benefits Sherwood has with less of the alfalfa that worries everyone.
I'm super excited and I hope people take some interest. I just wanted to let others know about this potential product, especially since I've noticed the wonderful health benefits of the original formula. I know the main reasons people won't use it is 1) their piggy doesn't like it and 2) the alfalfa content and I figured the Professional line may help these piggies and piggy parents.
Crude Protein, Minimum................. 14%
Crude Fat, Minimum...................... 7.5%
Crude Fiber, Minimum (Maximum)..... 17% (22%)
Calcium, Minimum (Maximum)......... 1.7% (2.2%)
Phosphorus, Minimum.................... 0.6%
Salt, Minimum (Maximum).............. 0.85% (1.35%)
Alfalfa Hay, Whole Safflower, Whole Flax, Monodicalcium Phosphate, Salt, Choline Chloride, Essential Amino Acids, Chelated Minerals, B-Vitimans, Cobalt Carbonate.
This hay-based grain/soy free food is nutritionally balanced and fortified. It is designed to be fe in limited amounts as a supplement to a diet composed of loose grass hay and select greens. Start by providing no more than 1/4 ounce of pellets (a touch more than 1/2 a tablespoon) per pound of body weight and adjust as recommended by your veterinarian. For best result, encourage your guinea pig to eat grass hay (more than 50% of its diet by weight) and limit treats especially those containing grain or soy that will unbalance the nutritional value of the overall diet and increase risk of metabolic acidosis. Balanced nutrition and regular veterinary checkups are the best preventative medicine.
As I understand your still skeptical over the science behind it, which again I understand and only time will tell if I've made a good decision so far so good for me, but others have a mixed opinion. I think it depends on the diet and your pigs
- And got the T-shirt
All we've got at this point are Sherwood's unproven claims and a bunch of anecdotal statements by people who jumped on his bandwagon. They may be true, they may not. Until we know, backed up by something that is more credibly scientific than just his word for things, color me skeptical. His statement about metabolic acidosis makes me think he doesn't know what he's talking about.
The science I explain is literally just me saying what they tell me. I'm not saying they're right nor am I pointing the finger to anyone. I guess my piggy family can be the ones to test how well these work long term because it's not harmful to try on my piggies and I don't plan on changing it if they stay healthy on it. Over there life I plan to express both the positive and negative things they experience on it. If it harms them, I will obviously switch and spread the word to other owners.
I get the concern and after several months on it the long-term result still concerns me, but I'm happy my piggies can just live their lives NOW and do so happily