Just like us, Guinea Pigs cannot produce Vitamin C on their own; it must be supplemented through their diet.
Guinea Pigs require 25-35mg of vitamin C per day which can easily be achieved through veggies and pellets.
It’s also good to know you can’t really give too much vitamin C. Any unused vitamin C is simply peed out:)
Some of the best sources of Vitamin C:
Bell Peppers are one of the best sources for Vitamin C. Red Bell Peppers are generally regarded as having the most vitamin C content (~190mg per pepper)
Most good-quality pellets contain enough vitamin C for your piggies. Sherwood Pet Health Timothy Pellet contains 2,000mg/kg. Most Oxbow pellets are very low when it comes to Vitamin C. The Oxbow Essentials contains 250mg/kg so if you feed Oxbow pellets, additional vitamin C through veggies is necessary.
Other Veggies High in vitamin C
Parsley (79.8 mg*), Broccoli (81.2mg), Kale (80.4mg) *all amounts are for 1 cup chopped veggies)
Vitamin C Supplements
Sherwood Pet Health Vitamin C Tablets, Oxbow Vitamin C Cookies, and The Natural Cavy Vitamin C Disks are all wonderful supplements for ensuring your pigs are getting enough vitamin C! They are best used when a pet is ill and needs more vitamin C. We would like to note that Oxbow Support Cookies have Cane Molasses and a preservative.
Vitamin C Drops Vitamin C Drops for water are a very popular option to grab as it seems to be a convenient, fun way to get Vitamin C into your piggies...