Ingredients: Organic rose hips, organic hibiscus, organic hawthorn berries.
Directions: Degu-1/4 teaspoon 3-4 times a week; chinchilla, small and medium rabbits -1/3 teaspoon 4 times a week; larger rabbits-1/2 teaspoon 3-4 times a week: guinea pigs -1/3 teaspoon daily to prevent scurvy.
Description: Organic Berry Delight Treat mirrors the flavors that animals enjoy in the wild and adds amusement! It's the most effective way to increase vitamin C intake. Rose hips are nature's richest source of vitamin C (about 1800 mg per 100g of dry product).
Vitamin C is crucial for all herbivores, it's also recommended for dental benefits (it strengthens the tissues that hold open-rooted teeth), supports healthy heart, reproductive organs, immune system.
Rabbits and chinchillas can synthesize vtamin C, but still benefit greatly from supplementation. Guinea pigs have a unique requirement for vitamin C, because they can not cannot manufacture and store vitamin C (lack of the enzyme L-gulono-gamma-lactone oxidase).
Pellets have adequate quantities of vitamin C added, but it's from synthetic sources (synthetic vitamins are synthesized or made in the laboratory, often processed with hydrogenated sugars or with petroleum derivatives; they are only isolated components of the main vitamin nutrient and are examples of low bioavailable nutrients).
Several studies have proved that natural vitamin C is much more effective in preventing scurvy in guinea pigs than the synthetic product. The Journal of Immunology published an article about a group of guinea pigs that developed scurvy. They did not get entirely cured of it by synthetic vitamin C. Only when plant foods naturally rich in vitamin C were offered, guinea pigs were brought back to normal.
Vitamin C deficiency can cause blot clotting, swollen joints, lack of energy, appetite and weight loss, rough coat, teeth and gum problems
Hays should be at least 60% of herbivore's diet (including some alfalfa hay), another essential addition is herbs, blossoms, fresh vegetables ( but not for chinchillas!), roots, safe bark. Pellets are just supplemental to long fiber hays and should be used within 3-6 months from the mill date. Pellets lose nutrients fast ( just one example: about 50% of the vitamin C is lost in the feed in 6-7 weeks).
Net Wt: 125 gm
Safety: We only use herbs that have an excellent safety record over thousands of years of use by pets and people, and are widely used today. We do not add herbs that just look cute or sound fancy, much thought and knowledge is invested is each formula that we offer. We won't risk the well being of your pet offering sugary treats or a herbal compound that is not recommended for internal use by AHPA.