Please do not give any extra vitamin C via the water bottle! Guinea pigs don't like the taste of additives in their water and drink noticeably less. You cannot control the intake anyway. Additives also promote the quick growth of algae which can be a pain to get rid off again in a bottle.
Yes sorry she gets loads of veg now and inhales them! Her faves are cucumber, courgettes, tomatoes, broccoli carrot and mixed leavesWhat vitamins does you vet feels your piggy might need?
Does she get regular fresh veggies (and more importantly is she eating them)?
I know that @rome_italy uses Vit C drops for her piggies, but I think she use a human grade one?
Maybe she can recommend one.
I also know a lot of Forum members like the Oxbow Vitamin C tablets.
Okay thank you. I know this is mostly UK based here but does anyone know where I could get something suitable online which delivers to Ireland. She's actually eating her veg now that I put it in front of her. I think she's just lazy today. The vet said lots of broccoli and some oranges if possible which she has been eatinghere vets do NOT suggest Oxbow vitamins and other dried vit C. The only one suggested here is the one IN DROPS FOR NEWBORNS, I use Cebion because it is the only vit C in drops whose exact amount is declared by the firm. Being liquid and into a dark very little bottle, it is stable. The drops must be diluited in few drops of water and then IMMEDIATELY given to the piggie by syringe (and they love its taste).
As my piggies follow a rich diet based on grass (rich of vit C) and some bell pepper (which should have some vit C, too, although peppers are stored in fridges where they lose most of their vitamins) I give only a very little dose of supplement, that is two drops=12mg vit C. Consider that the recommended amount is 20-40mg a day.
Also 15 years ago my piggie had the same supplement suggested by another vet...
I am not talking of the effervescent vit C which I use at home for me and my family members. Such vit C dissolved in bottle cannot be used with piggies for a lot of reasons: a piggie cannot drink a glass of water, he does not like the effervescent taste, the tablet cannot be dosed, and so on. Vit C decreases with time, light, air, room temperature.
View attachment 69848
Great I'll do some research, thank you!try to use Google with the name of the product you are interested of, adding the word "Ireland"; I also buy everything online because I can save a lot of money. I buy also tea online (on Amazon.Uk!): I pay for delivery but the whole cost is very good and I have a great choice of products.
For example, if I google "Cebion Ireland" this is some links which appear:
Cebion Vitamin C - Bambee.ie - baby shop online in Ireland
the same you can do for hay, pellets and so on.
The important thing is reading the label; considering that piggies need a very little amount of vit C you must be sure that the firm declares the exact amount of each drop. Too much vit C goes away in the wee, but if the amount is excessive (more than 150mg) in the long period the bones might suffer.
I'm only using it as she's I'll so I could get this andI have found it. It says:
Nutritional Supplement Amount %NRV
100mg 125% NRV
NRV = Nutrient Reference Values
it is too much for a piggie...
there are syringes for insuline (1ml) whose single gradation is 0,1ml. Therefore you might dose 0,1ml which would contain 100mg:5= 20mg.
It is a good dose when a piggie is ill or stressed, for a short period only.
Or you can dose 0,1ml; mix it with 3 ml of water and then give the piggie only half dose...
I talk a fair few supplements already so I don't know if I'll add vit c to the mix but if it's in the house already why not?!I often use a supplement of vit C because I need to absorb iron (some months ago I had a heavy bleeding and haemoglobine/ iron fell down... iron is better absorbed if into the gut there is also vit C.