Oxbow Vitamin C Supplement Review
Product: Oxbow Natural Science Vitamin C Supplement for Small Animals
Amount: 60 Tablets
Price: Click link below for the latest price
Today I am reviewing an important supplement that will give your guinea pigs some extra vitamin C. Its always vital that they get enough, to be their normal selves. These tablets also keep their teeth in good order, as they chew hard to break them up. Now obviously I look to my guinea pigs to see if they like what they see or eat, so to speak.
The tablets sure hit the spot as it gets gobbled down and have got good quality ingredients in. Each guinea pig has one of these a day, so between my four, I order on average enough to last 6 months. Every tablet is an oval shape and all 60 come in a resealable packet or may come in a plastic container, depending on how many you order, but I can’t be sure on this.
Timothy grass, barley flour, oat groat flour, cane molasses, l-ascorbyl-2-monophosphate (vitamin C), flax seed meal, brewers dried yeast, xanthan gum, fat product, mixed tocopherols, rosemary extract
Crude Protein (Minimum) – 10% Crude Fibre – ranges from 9 to 12%
Crude Fat (Min) – 5% Moisture – 8%
Ash – 8% Calcium – ranges from 0.50 to 0.70%
Phosphorus – 0.50% Copper – 9mg/kg
Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) – 25mg
Now if you are a bit confused by the nutritional info above, don’t worry I will explain. What we are looking for whether that is supplements or hay is always low calcium, fat and phosphorus. If these are too high, it makes it unhealthy for guinea pigs and contributes to problems with the digestive system as well as other diseases. Higher protein as you know will help the brain and, fibre to keep a digestive system working normally. The main component of these tablets is the amount of vitamin c, because that is the point of them, so that’s all good with these.
Oxbow will always have all the information you need to know about on the packets. This is mandatory, just like it is for human foods. My girls beg me for these every day and it gives me peace of mind that they are getting enough vitamin c. They actually smell nice and supplements were recommended to me from a veterinary nurse on the website justanswer and that’s how I got these. The price per packet is quite expensive, but worth it as they will hopefully like them and its giving them what they need. But could be a little cheaper as they are needed every day of the year.
Sometimes my guinea pigs almost chuck a tablet up in the air with their mouth or move the head upwards, just to break into it, quite funny to see 🙂 The colour of them is an oatmeal brown. What is great, is the long expiry date if unopened, which is 24 months. Even when opened you still have 60 days to use them in and would still be used up with two guinea pigs within the time.
My main bit advice for you, is to never use liquid supplements, as the vitamin c decreases very quickly in a water bottle. The guinea pigs may be put off, from drinking their water, as it has been mentioned by some owners, which is dangerous.
Let’s sum up the good and bad points =-)
- Good ingredients
- Good source of Vitamin C
- Hard texture, so gets them really using their teeth
- Acceptable expiry date
- Could be a little cheaper (please note prices will fluctuate at times)
Nutrition – 10 out of 10
Price – 7 out of 10
Pack size – 10 out of 10
Overall Rating – 9 out of 10
Please leave a comment below and I will reply back as soon as possible. Perhaps your guinea pigs have these, what do both of you think of them?