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As for your earlier mention about the vitamin C content in the Sherwood pellets, they do state on the packaging that you “do not need to feed a vitamin C supplement with this diet.” That makes me nervous for several reasons (mostly focused on the stability/shelf life) and my pigs weren’t eating them. They are both obsessed with the Oxbow vitamin C cookies, so I guess that’s another pro in the anti-Sherwood column for them.
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I still question the extremely high amount of calcium in Sherwood pellets (2,000 mg/kg). No other commercial guinea pig pellet has that much vitamin C in it:As for your earlier mention about the vitamin C content in the Sherwood pellets, they do state on the packaging that you “do not need to feed a vitamin C supplement with this diet.”
Oxbow - 250 mg/kg
SPS - Roughly 200 mg/kg (if I'm calculating it correctly)
Zupreem - 300 mg/kg
KMS - Roughly 200 mg/kg
You'd think if these amounts were inadequate, we'd be seeing cases of scurvy left and right.
ETA: I noticed, though, that they recommend feeding a significantly lower amount of pellets than most of us normally feed (1/2-1 tablespoon, depending on weight) which I suppose is why the vitamin C concentration is higher. It looks like they're trying to say that there is approximately 30 mg of vitamin C in 1 tablespoon of their pellets.
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A few weeks ago when Lacey was at the vet we talked about what I was feeding. She thought 2 tablespoons of pellets was a little too much for a small pig. Lacey weighs about 2 lbs 4 oz. She also cautioned about too many fresh veggies and bloat. So a vitamin C supplement is probably a good idea.
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There is vitamin C in the pellets, and in the veggies they get, so maybe she was just basing her statements on the cookie alone for some reason. I had a past pig who refused to eat the vitamin C supplements and never had an issue getting what she needed from her veggies and pellets alone. She lived to be almost 7 and passed from a large tumor, so we’ll be sticking to one cookie.