Why do Guinea Pigs need Vitamin C?! Is Yours Getting Enough?

Did you know a guinea pig is unable to make Vitamin C in their body? Like humans, they are missing the enzyme which is required to make it.  Here we give you tips on how to make sure your guinea pig gets enough and some signs of Vitamin C deficiency to look out for.

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Did you know a guinea pig is unable to make Vitamin C in their body? Like humans, they are missing the enzyme which is required to make it.

Here we give you tips on how to make sure your guinea pig gets enough and some signs of Vitamin C deficiency to look out for.

It is recommended to give your guinea pig a daily vitamin tablet (you can buy these from your local pet shop). An adult guinea pig should take 25mg daily and a pregnant guinea pig should take 30-40mg.

A simple way to introduce the tablet is first by crushing it and sprinkling on top of a juicy piece of fruit. Avoid supplements which you add to water because if the guinea pig does not like the taste, he may not drink as much and become dehydrated.Although the guinea pig pellets you buy may say they contain Vitamin C, a mixture of light and the way it is stored can destroy it.

Make sure your guinea pig has plenty of fruit and vegetables to eat. Good sources of vitamin c can be found in kale, parsley, broccoli and red and yellow peppers. Strawberries, kiwis and cauliflower are also very good.

Some signs of Vitamin C Deficiency:

Loss of appetite
Weight Loss
Depression
Swollen joints and ribs
Pain
Nasal discharge
Bleeding gums
Ruffled fur

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