Monday, February 8, 2016

Vitamin C for Guinea Pigs Supplement Quality

Here at Cavy Savvy, we are big on quality for everything we put into our bodies. We have already talked about the quality of our pellets, and the quality of our water. Today we want to talk about the quality of our vitamin c supplements.

As we've previously mentioned, adult guinea pigs need 10-30 mg of Vitamin C per kilogram of body weight per day, and we generally like taking our vitamin C. Although some claim that guinea pigs can get enough vitamin c through diet alone, giving us a vitamin c supplement can help ensure that we're getting enough.

Keep in mind the dosage of 10-30 mg of vitamin C per kilogram of body weight (we generally weigh around 1 kg, unless you have happen to have a cuy). You can go a little over this (our vet recommend 40 ml once daily for adult guinea pigs on one of out vitamin C supplements), but don't go too far over or we could develop a condition called pseudo-scurvy. It's easier to be precise with liquid vitamin C, but if your guinea pig prefers a tablet, you can cut a 100 mg tablet into quarters for 25 mg portions.

Assuming you've been able to find a type of supplement your guinea pig will take (liquid or tablet), and you know the correct dosage (might want to check with your vet to be sure on this one), how do you know you're providing a quality supplement? It's important to know that dietary supplements are not regulated like drugs are, and there have been a lot of quality issues found with them. Some of the worst cases involve adulterated supplements containing actual drugs like amphetamines. We haven't found cases of vitamin C being adulterated with drugs like this, but one study found that 27% of vitamin C didn't meet their label claims, containing either more or less than is listed.

Fortunately, there are organizations that can help you identify quality supplements:

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