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Hello and thank you for your question. I am a Veterinary Nurse with over 15 years experience and I have assisted in the care of many pets with this particular medical concern. It would be my pleasure to assist you today. Is it possible for me to obtain some additional information from you about your companion?
1) Please tell me about the habitat including setup and info on bedding. 2) Please include information about diet including all fruits and veggies given, any commercial food, any hay or grasses given and oral supplements. 3) Was your 3 year old vet checked before she passed?
I am very concerned that this could be a vitamin C deficiency. Unfortunately, the drops that go in the water aren't much help when it comes to preventing this either. There is a great deal of misinformation out there that they work and there's an overwhelming amount of evidence that they simply don't.Guinea pigs need and absolutely must have fresh vegetables and fruits that are high in vitamin C present in their diet. Along with this, they need an oral vitamin C supplement that they eat directly. For those, GP's that are already potentially feeling the effects of a vitamin C deficiency, it's recommended that they have up to 50mg of vitamin C each day. There's more information available here: http://www.guinealynx.info/scurvy.htmlYou will want to start dosing this as quickly as you can. Personally, I would take the death of the original guinea pig to be foretelling and I would get Fergie to a facility that sees guinea pigs as quickly as possible. They will likely want to start an oral supplement just the same but can offer better stability in a hospital setting if she's going to go downhill like the original GP.If you need help finding a facility that is close to you and sees exotics, please let me know. Reply back with your city, state and zip code.