Guinea pigs have individual nutritional needs. Unlike rabbits,
they are unable to generate their own Vitamin C, and therefore
need to be fed on a specially formulated food, such as 'Gertie
Guinea Pig', which is supplemented with Vitamin C. Like rabbits,
guinea pigs need hay and grazing, plenty of fibre to prevent
dental problems and barbering (fur chewing due to inadequate fibre
in the diet).
'Scurvy' Hypovitaminosis C, occurs due to restricted Vitamin C
intake. Clinical signs include joints becoming swollen and
painfull, animals refusing to move, loosing condition and
eventually dying. In adults, other conditions arise, such as
respiratory diseases and poor wound healing. Treatment is Vitamin
How to supply Vitamin C to your guinea pig:
Supplemented food, such as Gerty Guinea Pig food
Grazing on actively growing grass is an excellent source
Freshly cut fruit and vegetables.