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  • Condition Score 0 - Emaciated

    • Pelvis: Angular, skin tight, very sunken rump, deep cavity under tail

    • Back and Ribs: Skin tight over ribs, very prominent and sharp backbone

    • Neck: Marked ewe neck, narrow and slack at base

    Condition Score 1 - Poor

    • Pelvis: Prominent pelvis and croup, sunken rump but skin supple, deep cavity under tail

    • Back and Ribs: Ribs easily visible, prominent backbone with sunken skin on either side

    • Neck: Ewe neck, narrow and slack base

    Condition Score 2 – Moderate

    • Pelvis: Rump flat either side of back bone, croup well defined, some fat, slight cavity under tail

    • Back and Ribs: Ribs just visible, backbone covered but spine can be felt

    • Neck: Narrow but firm

    Condition Score 3 – Good

    • Pelvis: Covered by fat and rounded, no gutter, pelvis easily felt

    • Back and Ribs: Ribs just covered and easily felt, no gutter along the back, backbone well covered but spine can be felt

    • Neck: No crest (except for stallions) firm neck.

    Condition Score 4 – Fat

    • Pelvis: Gutter to root of tail. Pelvis covered by fat

    • Back and Ribs: Ribs well covered – need pressure to feel. Gutter along backbone

    • Neck: Wide and firm

    Condition Score 5 – Obese

    • Pelvis: Deep gutter to root of tail, skin distended, pelvis buried, cannot be felt.

    • Back and Ribs: Ribs buried, cannot be felt, deep gutter along back. Back broad and flat.

    • Neck: Marked crest very wide and firm, fold of fat

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    Like Humans, most small animals, like guinea pigs do not produce vitamin C they need for good health.

    They require it from their feed; it can be difficult to tell how much they are getting from their hard feed, greens and hay.

    Most veterinary surgeons tell us the most common vitamin deficiency in small animals is vitamin C.

    Here at JRG we advice all our small animal customers on the various feeds we sell in store. We choose guinea pig feeds that are high in Vitamin C. Also most of our small animal feeds contain Vermex a natural worming product, a helpful added benefit.

    Good quality hay and fresh greens will also help towards a varied diet.

    Signs of Vitamin C deficiency include a rough coat, anorexia, diarrhoea, bleeding gums, lameness and in some cases causes pain in movement.

    The good news is, that the condition is preventable. Adding dissolving vitamin C disks to the water, tablets, correct feeding all help towards your small animal receiving the correct levels of vitamin C.

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