Scurvy In Guinea Pigs

Scurvy is quite common among pet guinea pigs. It is a condition associated with a lack of vitamin C in the body. The problem may be a result of a diet that has less vitamin C or a health issue that reduces or prevents the proper absorption and utilization of vitamin C in the body. 

Unfortunately, many cavy owners are unaware that there is something wrong with their pets until the symptoms have worsened. The problem gradually develops and the initial symptoms are often hard to notice. Also, the symptoms can easily be confused with other specific health issues. In the early stages, cavies suffering from scurvy appear weak and lethargic. With time, their fur start to fall off in patches to reveal spots of crusted or oozing sores. The skin sores tend to spread and develop at a rapid rate, making it a challenge to treat and heal normally. As their bones weaken and joints painful, the cavies will have difficulty walking. If you have any concerns about your pet’s health and well-being, you should set an appointment with your veterinary clinic Tampa, FL before it’s too late. 


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