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    How much vitamin c is too much? And any effects?

    Hello, my guinea pig was staying with my grandma and she forgot what I told her to feed him, so she fed him a few of the vitamin c supplements every day. He is only supposed to get one a day. This happened for three days. My guinea pig doesnít seem sick, but is a little les talkative.

    Please help me I donít want my pig to hurt.

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    Re: How much vitamin c is too much? And any effects?

    Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin that does not build up in the body. Excess is just excreted in the urine. Chances are there was no ill effect to your guinea pig.

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    Re: How much vitamin c is too much? And any effects?

    Quote Originally Posted by ItsaZoo View Post
    Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin that does not build up in the body. Excess is just excreted in the urine. Chances are there was no ill effect to your guinea pig.
    Thank you very much! I was very worried because I wasnít sure

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    Re: How much vitamin c is too much? And any effects?

    Technically, if they are fed highly excessive amounts of vitamin C for a long period, their bodies will kind of become adapted to it, and then they can suffer from scurvy symptoms when they come back down to a normal vitamin C dosage. However, I don't think a few days of excess vitamin C is going to be anywhere near long enough to cause that problem.

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    Re: How much vitamin c is too much? And any effects?

    Guinea pigs need an average of 10 to 30 milligrams of vitamin C each day. If they are pregnant or sick, they likely need even more of the nutrient. Because they cannot synthesize vitamin C on their own, it takes a lot of food and supplements with the nutrient to provide for a guinea pig’s needs. Vitamin C deficiencies in guinea pigs can lead to serious health issues, including death if left untreated. When they develop scurvy due to a lack of vitamin C, their body is unable to produce collagen properly. There are a variety of ways to provide your cavy with the vitamin C they need to remain healthy. In addition to vitamin C tablets, you can provide the nutrient in their everyday diet. Give them the following foods to balance their vitamin C levels:

    - Parsley
    - Red bell peppers
    - Kale
    - Carrots
    - Broccoli
    - Strawberries
    - Cauliflower
    - Snap peas

    If you need more details check out my post about Guinea Pigs Vitamin C.

    If you have any other question ask me back here.

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    Re: How much vitamin c is too much? And any effects?

    Quote Originally Posted by AnitaJohnson View Post
    Guinea pigs need an average of 10 to 30 milligrams of vitamin C each day. If they are pregnant or sick, they likely need even more of the nutrient. Because they cannot synthesize vitamin C on their own, it takes a lot of food and supplements with the nutrient to provide for a guinea pig’s needs. Vitamin C deficiencies in guinea pigs can lead to serious health issues, including death if left untreated. When they develop scurvy due to a lack of vitamin C, their body is unable to produce collagen properly. There are a variety of ways to provide your cavy with the vitamin C they need to remain healthy. In addition to vitamin C tablets, you can provide the nutrient in their everyday diet. Give them the following foods to balance their vitamin C levels:

    - Parsley
    - Red bell peppers
    - Kale
    - Carrots
    - Broccoli
    - Strawberries
    - Cauliflower
    - Snap peas

    If you need more details check out my post about Guinea Pigs Vitamin C.

    If you have any other question ask me back here.
    I 100% agree with what you said about vitamin c and it's importance for guinea pigs! But there are things to be aware of on the vitamin c food list that aren't so great:

    * Parsley and Kale are very high in calcium
    * Broccoli and Cauliflower are very gassy and should never be fed often
    * Carrots are high in sugar and vitamin A
    * Red bell peppers and strawberries are very high in sugar

    The best veggies to feed piggies for their daily amount of vitamin c is green and yellow bell pepper! Both are low in sugar, extremely high in vitamin c, and piggies can have them everyday--- and yellow bell peppers contain the most vitamin c of all bell peppers.

    Vitamin c supplements are fine and sometimes needed as long as they are NEVER added to their water. Guinea pigs will not drink it and this can cause serious issues.

    You can still give them the foods on your list to help out with vitamin c, but most should only be as treats. I only mean this respectfully; I just want to make sure these things are known because it's very important for piggies to stay healthy and happy!

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    Re: How much vitamin c is too much? And any effects?

    https://www.guinealynx.info/healthycavy.html

    The link above will take you excellent resources for diet and health.

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    Re: How much vitamin c is too much? And any effects?

    As far as bell peppers go, my girl wasn't eating any color. Finally she's eating red which only happens if I put small chunks in front of the hut she sleeps in at bedtime. By am it's gone. The other colors are a no. So I'd rather her eat bell pepper than vit c drops or vit c tablets.

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    Re: How much vitamin c is too much? And any effects?

    Quote Originally Posted by Artista View Post
    As far as bell peppers go, my girl wasn't eating any color. Finally she's eating red which only happens if I put small chunks in front of the hut she sleeps in at bedtime. By am it's gone. The other colors are a no. So I'd rather her eat bell pepper than vit c drops or vit c tablets.
    I totally agree!!!

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    Re: How much vitamin c is too much? And any effects?

    If fed in excess amount can cause them effects.

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