Excess Vitamin C in a rabbit's diet?

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Apr 26, 2007
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What would happen to a rabbit if it got say 16 times (or a very large amount) the amount of vitamin C in the diet than is recommended?

Related to that, does anyone happen to know what happens to a guinea pig if it is vitamin C deficient and is missing a huge chunk of vitamin c from it' diet?

(by the way, this is not for me, this is, let's call it research).
Vitamin C is water soluble, so the body easily discards excess vitamin C. Megadoses have been linked to cancer, but this would take a LOT of vitamin C over a LONG period of time.

Vitamin C deficiency is a more serious concern. Like humans, cavies develop scurvy from vitamin C deficiency. Symptoms include thrifty appearance, stiff joints, and paralysis.

Some mammals, like rabbits, are able to synthesize their own vitamin C in addition to to obtaining the vitamin from dark leafy green veggies. For this reason, it is not as important to provide a vitamin C supplement to rabbits. Humans, like guinea pigs have a genetic mutation that interferes with the body's ability to synthesize vitamin C, so it is an essential vitamin that must be provided through diet.


Thanks for the info Pam, that's awesome.

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