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Dandruff And Skin Sores On Guinea Pig

Does a vitamin C deficiency cause skin sores on a guinea pig?

By Karen Rosenthal, DVM, DABVP
Posted: April 2, 2008, 2a.m. EDT

Q: I have several guinea pigs. One of them has been having sores on her and a very bad case of dandruff. I was told that if they have sores it is probably a vitamin C deficiency. What do you think?
A: Vitamin C is essential for guinea pigs because, unlike almost all other animals, they cannot make it themselves. Vitamin C deficiency can manifest itself in various forms. There can be an overall sickly appearance to your pet, a very scruffy haircoat, swollen joints or teeth that “rotate” in the mouth, entrapping the tongue.

What you describe may or may not be related to vitamin C deficiency. Regardless, you should supplement vitamin C daily to your guinea pig. But you should also visit your veterinarian to make sure that other diseases are not present. Also, guinea pigs that lack vitamin C can have a decreased immune system and are prone to secondary diseases that need treatment beyond vitamin C supplementation.

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What is a simple thing I can give my 0 yr. old that is simple?
Millie, Columbus, OH
Posted: 1/21/2014 3:51:39 PM
It is MITES, hands down. I hope you figured this out before they suffered too much.
Tessa, Mountain View, CA
Posted: 1/3/2010 11:53:12 AM
sounds like lice to me.
amy, Colorado Springs, CO
Posted: 6/30/2009 8:23:08 AM
Ow, thanks. helped!!!!
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Posted: 12/28/2008 1:41:32 PM
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