The Importance of Vitamin C for Your Skinny Pig!

The Importance of Vitamin C for Your Skinny Pig!

The Importance of Vitamin C for Your Skinny Pig!

Unlike us humans, skinny pigs (and other guinea pigs, for that matter) cannot produce their own Vitamin C. This vitamin is essential for the growth, development, and repair of all body tissues, making it a non-negotiable part of their daily intake. Without it, skinny pigs can suffer from scurvy, a condition that can lead to lethargy, swollen painful joints, poor appetite, weight loss, and swollen bleeding gums. 

The Role of Vitamin C in Skinny Pig Health

Vitamin C acts as a powerful antioxidant, protecting the body against damage from free radicals. It is crucial for the synthesis of collagen, a protein necessary for the formation of skin, tendons, ligaments, and blood vessels. It also aids in wound healing and the absorption of iron, contributing to overall immune system health. For skinny pigs, this vitamin is their little shield against many potential health issues.

Ensuring Enough Vitamin C Through Food

Ensuring your skinny pig gets enough Vitamin C begins with their diet. Fresh, leafy greens like kale, parsley, and spinach are excellent sources of this essential vitamin. Bell peppers, broccoli, and strawberries also make the list of Vitamin C-rich foods that can be included in their diet. A high-quality, timothy hay-based guinea pig pellet fortified with Vitamin C can provide a solid base for getting enough daily intake too. Remember, Vitamin C degrades quickly, so fresh and organic is always best, and pellets should be used within their expiration date.

Vitamin C Treats

Skinny pigs love their treats, and what better way to spoil them than with Vitamin C-rich goodies? 

However, it's vital that these treats come from organic, reputable sources to ensure they're not only delicious but also beneficial for your pet. Websites like offer a variety of organic Vitamin C treats specifically designed for guinea pigs. You can give these daily and use it as an opportunity to bond with your skinny pig by hand feeding it to them.

So there it is folks - all the best ways to ensure your skinny pig gets all the Vitamin C they need to be healthy and happy.

Keep giving your pets the best of natural life!


April Arguin A.S., C.P.N., M.P.H

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