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loves2travel

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reading on the guinealynx forum, i heard about a girl who doesn't feed her pigs pellets or supplements. Just hay and veggies.

is this ok?
 

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oh, i forgot to ask, how do you know when you've given your pigs enough vit c?

please assess:
1 oz cavy cuisine per pig
lots of fresh veggies, occasional fruits
unlimited timmy hay

too much vit c, too little? Do i need supplements as well?
 

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Well, From other forums I've heard that a lot of people don't feed pellets, and there's nothing wrong with that, but you have to be quite careful that they get their vitamin C (a lot of pellets have extra vit. C added). I don't think you need to add any supplements at all. Could you give us an idea of the types of veggies and fruit you feed your guinea pigs?
 

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Pellets are basically designed to be a complete feed and incorporate everything a guinea pig needs if they're not given anything else. They don't of course as hay is essential to teeth and digestive health, and there's no substitute for getting all the vitmanins and minerals you need from fresh sources (never mind the huge boredom factor from only eating pellets). If you feed your guinea pig a good quality, fresh and varied diet then they should get everything they need from that and actually not need pellets. Many vets agree with this. But some people like to give a few anyway, just as a back-up to make sure their diet is balanced, or simply to add a bit of variety.

I feed mine a good quality hay, readigrass (dried grass) and a good variety of fresh vegetables every day, with occasional fruits thrown in. They get pellets too, but to be honest they don't really eat that many. They ate a lot when I first got them but now eat more hay, readigrass and vegetables than pellets and I'm happy with that. I haven't ever wanted to remove them completely though, as they enjoy a few and they are good quality pellets so I kind of see them as a fall back if they haven't eaten as much of something else that day.

Have a look at this list of vitamin C content in veggies https://www.guinealynx.info/nutrition.html#order-c and make sure you're giving veggies that are a good source. It's definitely possible to provide all they need from fresh sources. I only ever supplement with vitamin C when a pig is ill when they need a little extra.
 

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Treen said:
Pellets are basically designed to be a complete feed and incorporate everything a guinea pig needs if they're not given anything else. They don't of course as hay is essential to teeth and digestive health, and there's no substitute for getting all the vitmanins and minerals you need from fresh sources (never mind the huge boredom factor from only eating pellets). If you feed your guinea pig a good quality, fresh and varied diet then they should get everything they need from that and actually not need pellets. Many vets agree with this. But some people like to give a few anyway, just as a back-up to make sure their diet is balanced, or simply to add a bit of variety.

I feed mine a good quality hay, readigrass (dried grass) and a good variety of fresh vegetables every day, with occasional fruits thrown in. They get pellets too, but to be honest they don't really eat that many. They ate a lot when I first got them but now eat more hay, readigrass and vegetables than pellets and I'm happy with that. I haven't ever wanted to remove them completely though, as they enjoy a few and they are good quality pellets so I kind of see them as a fall back if they haven't eaten as much of something else that day.

Have a look at this list of vitamin C content in veggies https://www.guinealynx.info/nutrition.html#order-c and make sure you're giving veggies that are a good source. It's definitely possible to provide all they need from fresh sources. I only ever supplement with vitamin C when a pig is ill when they need a little extra.


Just wondering... If you give your piggy too much Vitamin C is that bad? Will they get sick?
 

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Yes

Yes I read pellets do help wear down their teeth, even though I don't think ours eat many but they are always in the choice, I feel like they know when their teeth need it, because most days the pellets are still there from the day before and at least once or twice a month they are gone in 2 hours,

Kim
 

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Unless you feed the piggy a horribly huge amount of vit. c, I think it will help more than hurt. However, I would check with a vet if you're worried. =)
 

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mncavylover said:
Unless you feed the piggy a horribly huge amount of vit. c, I think it will help more than hurt. However, I would check with a vet if you're worried. =)

Oh! I am not worried just interested in finding out.
 
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