Does My Guinea Pig Have Scurvy?

Learn how to prevent your guinea pig from developing scurvy.

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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Critters · Guinea Pigs