Quick Answer: Can Scurvy Kill Guinea Pigs?

What does scurvy in guinea pigs look like?

Symptoms include lethargy and unwillingness to move, painful joints, poor condition, weight loss, dental issues, bruising or hemorrhage, diarrhea, and a rough coat or alopecia.

Hypovitaminosis C is easiest to diagnose in consultation with the client.

A thorough history is warranted, going into detail about the diet..

Can I give my guinea pig human vitamin C tablets?

1 You can buy vitamin C tablets specifically for guinea pigs (e.g. Oxbow’s GTN-50C) or human chewable 100 mg tablets (note: make sure you are getting just vitamin C rather than a multivitamin formula). A quarter of a 100 mg tablet daily is a recommended dose for most adult guinea pigs.

Do guinea pigs die easily?

So, do guinea pigs die easily? No guinea pigs don’t die easily. When compared to many other small pet animals, guinea pigs have a longer average lifespan, which is between 4-8 years. Also, most unannounced and sudden guinea pig death reasons are easily avoidable with the correct care of your pet.

Can guinea pigs get scurvy?

Scurvy is a disease caused by a deficiency of vitamin C. Guinea pigs (and primates, including humans) are unable to synthesize or store vitamin C and therefore require oral or dietary supplementation.

Why do guinea pigs die suddenly?

Heart attack (and stroke) are, sadly, very common causes of sudden death in guinea pigs, a.k.a. cavies. Cavies are very sensitive to their environment, particularly changes in temperature. Being unable to rest peacefully also causes stress that affects their system.

Can guinea pigs make humans sick?

Dutch researchers say the rodents may carry germs tied to serious pneumonia. The bacteria, Chlamydia caviae (C. caviae), normally causes pink eye in guinea pigs. But three adults in the Netherlands wound up hospitalized for pneumonia after contact with guinea pigs resulted in their infection with C.

What should I do with a dead guinea pig?

Leave your deceased guinea pig in the cage (or put them back if they died outside of the cage) so that your remaining guinea pigs can see him. They may ignore him or trundle up and lick him. Give them half an hour with their friend before you remove him from the cage.

How long does it take for a guinea pig to recover from scurvy?

If your guinea pig has scurvy, it requires at least a week of treatment. Use 100mg chewable vitamin C tables cut in half and dissolved in water.

Can I leave my guinea pig alone for 4 days?

4 days is too long to leave them alone. Too much can happen. Water bottles leak, they need fresh veggies each day, hay can run out – they need unlimited access to it. Pigs can get hurt, stuck, sick.

How can I boost my guinea pigs immune system?

Guinea pigs lack the enzyme to synthesise the vitamin, so therefore it can only be provided via diet. Good sources of Vitamin C, according to the PDSA are salad peppers, tomatoes (do not give the leaves), spinach, asparagus, broccoli and leafy greens. The PDSA also advise that Vitamin C supplements can be used.

Can guinea pigs die from scurvy?

Weakness, lack of energy, limping, loss of appetite, a rough coat, weight loss, and diarrhea are some of the symptoms of scurvy in Guinea pigs. Scurvy can be fatal, so it should be taken very seriously.

How do you dispose of a dead guinea pig?

Burial and Cremation are the most popular and are some respectable ways to dispose of your Guinea Pig. Others that are often cited by Guinea Pig owners are to simply place them in the trash (although if you are going to do this you will want to check with your local authorities to ensure it is okay to do so).

What happens if a guinea pig gets too much vitamin C?

Giving a guinea pig high doses of vitamin C, such as 300 mg daily rather than 30 mg, puts them at risk for developing pseudo-scurvy. If the guinea pig becomes used to the supplement and then it is no longer given, they can develop symptoms just like scurvy, even if fed a normal, nutritionally complete diet.

Where can I get vitamin C for my guinea pig?

A teacup sized amount of fresh greens per day. Fresh greens are a great source of vitamin C which is important for your pigs. Try to give your guinea pigs a different mix of fresh veg each day.

How much liquid Vitamin C should I give my guinea pig?

There are many different brands of liquid vitamin C sold in health food stores. Most have about 250 mg per teaspoon so a dose of 1/8 teaspoon a day is right for a guinea pig.