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Beaphar vitamin c tablets

Hoppo79

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Anyone have an opinion on giving these to your guinea pigs. Got to try and reduce my pigs veg because of upset tummy and worried she won’t get enough vit c. These tablets say “composition sucrose and glucose” - isn’t this bad for pigs? She won’t eat the oxbow hay treats either 😆
 

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If it contains those sugars, then no I would not give them to your piggies.

She will still be getting vit c from hay and pellets as they are fortified.

Are investigations taking place as to why veggies are causing an upset tummy?
 

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This is my exploring really. She had a prolapse uterus with a UTI end of last year. She had a mini op to push it back in (obs under GA) she had loxicom and baytril then septrin for any infection. Had some issues with her gut on baytril which is why she had septrin in the end. Since her op tho her poos have never been great. All I can think it she started having mushy poos from when I gave her a pile of fresh grass (she doesn’t normally have fresh grass) and it’s just never picked up after that. My other pig treated the same had no issues. I’ve tried cutting veg out for 2 days and poo is same. I’m recently treating her with loxicom for arthritis as she developed a hobble one morning recently. The loxicom is helping with that. I have given her fibreplex and more recently now some pro fibre pellets which she eats but her poo is still worse first thing from overnight.
I don’t know what I’m doing wrong. Her poos are more formed and some are dry with fibreplex and these pellets but in a morning I have to bath her as she’s sat in this mushy stuff. ?
I don’t know if it’s arthritis that’s causing the soft poos. The medication or the veg?
 

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You’re not doing anything wrong.
It could be the pain from the arthritis causing the poop Issues, particularly if keeping her off veg has not improved the issue (stopping veg gives the guts time to rebalance and if it was a veg issue causing the poops then you’d expect things to have most likely improved).
What metacam is she on?
 

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Someone had suggested the pain of arthritis could be the cause.
the meds! Another minefield! After her operation she was given dog loxicom (1.5mg/ml) and I was told to give 0.1ml a day. She weighs 1200g ish. Definitely not less anyway. When I went to the vets for the arthritis (another vet) she prescribed cat loxicom (0.5mg/ml) and said to give 0.26ml a day. I questioned this as being way too low but she was adamant it was correct. I’ve been giving her this in the morning and 0.1ml at night cause I think she needs it. She’s walking fine now on it. What do you think?
 
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