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WHAT NUTRIENTS DOES MY GUINEA PIG NEED?

What nutrients does my guinea pig need?

Vitamin C. Vitamin C. Vitamin C. Get the idea? This may be the most important thing that you as a guinea pig owner need to know. Guinea pigs cannot manufacture or store vitamin C and are very susceptible to scurvy. Anywhere from 15-30mg per day are required depending on whether you have an adult, pregnant or nursing guinea pig. It is important to learn as much as you can about vitamin C supplements and your guinea pig.

Naturally, guinea pigs need a whole host of nutrients for proper health (vitamins, minerals, proteins, etc.) just as any animal needs. A correct amount of prepared pellets mixed with fresh food containing vitamin C will give your guinea pig a balanced diet. Vitamin C breaks down rapidly in the prepared pellets, it must be added back in your guinea pigs diet with fresh foods or supplements in his food or water.