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Guinea Pig Diet Requirements

he Guinea pig, like man, cannot produce vitamin C and therefore has to have it supplemented in it's diet. This is the most critical factor in the health of your pet. In addition, he must have a well balanced diet containing lots of fiber for his teeth to work on and his digestive system to process. So the basic requirements are: Many people consider the addition of vitamin C essential to the guinea pigs diet. Given that all they need is between 10-20mg/kg daily (a kg is about 2 pounds - the size of many pigs), this is easily supplemented in their diet with fresh vegetables. A pregnant sow should have about double this dose, but again, she needs added feed to nourish the new babies, so it can be easily supplemented in the diet.
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