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To prevent food-related diseases is very important to eat a balanced diet

Like humans, Guinea Pigs need to be fed properly in order to have a healthy and energetic life. Food is vital for all of us, and to stress this importance we are going to write about the specific risks that nutritional deficiencies may cause.

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Anemia

Anemia is caused by a lack of vitamin B. This vitamin helps to form red blood cells and its deficiency can cause anemia, whose main symptoms are feeling weak, shortage of breath, and palpitations. These symptoms can be so annoying for your pet that it may stop eating.

Vitamin C deficiency

As you probably may know, guinea pigs need an additional source of vitamin C as their body is unable to produce it. This additional vitamin can be found in different types of food, such as peppers, oranges, etc. Hypovitaminosis or vitamin C deficiency can cause difficulties in locomotion, since it leads to joint inflammation. In its extreme form could lead to paralysis, although this would be a very exceptional case.

Diarrhea

Diarrhea, as such, is not a disease but a symptom of a disorder. It occurs when the colon cannot absorb enough fluid as a part of the process of digestion. If our guinea pig has diarrhea during more than one day, it is dangerous due to dehydration.

In any case, the best option is to take them to the vet.

Finally, we would like to add that please don’t be alarmed. We described the extreme cases of poor dieting, but in most cases your guinea pig is a vital, energetic, funny and lovable pet that enjoys life!

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