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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-19-2009, 09:09 AM Thread Starter
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Urgent situation dealing with vitamin C for my piglets

I usually go to the local PetSmart and buy a bottle of Vitamin C drops to add to the piggies water supply. However I'm out of drops, the piggies have ¼ container of water (holds 32oz) and the local PetSmart is closed today due to a very heavy snow storm. They've said they will reopen tomorrow and I believe that the GP's should be fine until tomorrow (if not, they could go a few hours with plain filtered water without the C drops until the store opens). However if the store doesn't open, I'll need another source of Vitamin C for the pigs water supply.

So here's where my question comes in. I have a bottle of Vitamin C tablets (with Rose Hips), as a dietary supplment and each horse-sized tablet contains 1000mg. Would it be safe to crush up and dissolve one of the tablets and mix that in with their water?

I haven't done it and unless there is some certainty of it being safe to do, I don't plan to do it unless their lives depend on it. So basically it needs to be safe or it's a no go and I'll need another alternative to make sure they will be okay.

Also, one of my sons tends to feed them with the timothy hay and failed to tell me last night that we had run out (when I could have gone to the store and gotten some). Fortunately I found a small stash of hay to tide them over for today but would be nice to know if there are alternatives for that as well.
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The drops are useless, and you should stop using them. Vitamin C is extremely reactive to light and temperature. About an hour in and you've got funny tasting orange water. They need a variety of fresh vegetables each day, primarily leafy greens like romaine lettuce, green leaf lettuce, and cilantro.

The tablets you've got have WAY too much vitamin C in them. You can't overdose on vitamin C, BUT you can induce a condition known as pseudoscurvy, where they actually become used to having way too much vitamin C. Really they only need 25-50mg/day. So run out to the grocery store and buy a couple of bunches of cilantro.

No alternatives for hay, they need it all day every day, as much as they can eat. I'd suggest buying in bulk to save money -- I buy a 50lb box for $50 which is roughly $1 a pound instead of paying $10+ for 40 oz.

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Agreed. You never put Vitamin C drops in the water supply. Never, ever. Not only for the fact that their potency decreases, but also because your guinea pigs could decide to stop drinking from the water bottle because they no longer like the taste of the Vitamin C drops in there.
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Yup, exactly what they said. Really, the only good way to get your pigs their vitamin C is in their fresh veggies. My guinea pigs get a handful of parsley or cilantro along with the rest of their salads everynight. Kale is also a great source of Vitamin C, but should only be fed about 2-3 times a week because it has alot of calcium (too much can cause bladder stones) and has high amounts of oxalates.
I buy hay by the bale for my guinea pigs and rabbits. A small bag wouldnt last more then 2 days in my house!



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carrots will giv vitamin c but guinea pigs need a small carrot each day
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Actually, they don't NEED a small carrot each day... carrots have a lot of sugar in them. They should be given sparingly.
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Actually, carrots dont even have much/any vitamin C.
My piggies dont even like carrots LOL They are picky little things.



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^^^ agree^^^
you have been wasting money on those drops this whole time


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That's bizarre. My guinea pig likes everything. Including mouse food that she got into, *sigh* She likes all fruits, veggies... mouse food...everything. Lol.
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my guinea pig could shove in a whole snap pea pod in less than a second!

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LOL! Mine are actually pretty picky eaters. No mustard greens, they only take a bite or 2 of carrot, no papaya treats, or anyother treats for that matter... But they LOVE their hay, romain lettuce, and persley. They arent big on pellets either. Its Smudge that will eat anything he can get into!
I guess I just have little wierdies LOL!
They do like pea pods though!



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