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Does My Guinea Pig Have Scurvy?

Learn how to prevent your guinea pig from developing scurvy.

By Audrey Pavia
Posted: March 31, 2008, 5 a.m. EDT

Guinea pigs are prone to developing scurvy because, unlike most other mammals, they can’t produce Vitamin C in their bodies. If a guinea pig doesn’t receive enough Vitamin C in it body, it will develop scurvy.

A guinea pig suffering from scurvy may have swollen, painful joints and chest; may not want to eat or move, and may be bleeding from the gums.

Feeding a guinea pig a commercial guinea pig pellet, made specifically for cavies, can help to prevent scurvy. These pellets contain Vitamin C necessary for a guinea pig’s diet. Feed guinea pigs vegetables that are dark green in color every day—these foods are also high in Vitamin C.


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Good to know. I don't own any piggies, but it's nice to know in case I ever decide to get some.
Veronica, Wallacetown, ON
Posted: 2/9/2012 8:57:47 PM
Great info! As additional protection, I give my piggie a bit or orange or mango everyday. Blaster LOVES his fruit...he will do a "popcorn" jump after eating it! :)
Jada, Grayson, GA
Posted: 2/1/2011 8:52:40 AM
I was just wondering the other day if piggies could get scurvy, and now I know. Good article.
K, Piggyland
Posted: 8/16/2009 1:34:34 PM
good info
Ryan, Chicago, IL
Posted: 2/20/2009 1:25:22 PM
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