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1) How long have you owned Peanut? 2) Please tell me all that you feed Peanut. 3) What supplements, if any, are used? Links to the products are appreciated.
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Are you using any vitamin C supplements? If so, what type and how often?
I think it's very likely that a lack of vitamin C is the problem. Although Oxbow is considered a complete diet, guinea pigs are prone to scurvy without supplementation. They need to be receiving 25-50mg of vitamin C daily and this is without exception: every guinea pig needs this. The diarrhea and the lack of using his rear legs may both be linked to a receiving too little vitamin C in the diet. You can use oral supplements made for GP's or you can use human vitamin C chewables so long as the proper amount of vitamin C is given. Do NOT use water supplements as they will not aid in any fashion toward helping Peanut.Benefits will take a few weeks to show, so I would urge you to have Peanut examined and diagnosed by a veterinarian to be sure this is what is happening. We can also see problems in the back legs with tumors, urinary complications, etc. Skinny pigs, as compared to the haired version, tend to be more compromised in health so we may expect something abnormal to show up in even a GP this young.If you need help finding a GP vet, please post back your city and I'll work on finding one close to you.
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Not necessarily, which is why I have recommended a veterinary evaluation. One of the most difficult parts of work through a computer such as we are is that I cannot see your companion. I can, however, give you as much information as I have available to me about what this most likely is as far as a medical concern. IF this is scurvy, in 7-10 days you should see improvements but there does exist the chance that it's not scurvy at all and that something like a spinal tumor or another affliction could be causing the dragging of the rear legs, for example. For this reason, I would still see a vet to be sure. If this is not possible, starting the supplementation immediately would still be a wise approach to Peanut's care (and any other GP in your care, in fact).
My apologies, it appears I may have misread your question. Yes, it is safe to give a human vitamin C tablet in 25-50mg. Look for one made without artificial sweeteners.
Good luck! Let me know if I can help you any further. I hope Peanut does well.