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*Vitamin C*

Vitamin C is of utmost importance to guinea pigs, as they are unable to
manufacture their own (much like humans). Without enough vitamin C in their
diets, guinea pigs can become very ill with scurvy. The amount of vitamin C
required varies somewhat depending on the reference source used, but most
guinea pigs probably need about 10-30 mg/day. Pregnant, nursing, young and
ill guinea pigs need more.

· If you feed a good selection of vegetables high in vitamin C along with
a good, fresh guinea pig pellet, you can probably meet the vitamin C needs
of the average guinea pig.
· Many guinea pig pellets have vitamin C added but unfortunately vitamin C
is quite unstable and will degrade over time. Keeping the pellets in a cool
dark place helps preserve the vitamin C. You can also get pellets with a
stabilized form of vitamin C.
· The best way to supplement with additional vitamin C is to use vitamin C
tablets. You can buy vitamin C tablets specifically for guinea pigs (e.g.
Oxbow's GTN-50C), or buy human chewable 100 mg tablets (note: make sure you
are getting just vitamin C rather than a multivitamin formula). A quarter
of a 100 mg tablet daily is a recommended dose for most adult guinea pigs.
The guinea


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