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From: Sukie Crandall
Date: 2001-03-31 23:30:00 UTC
Subject: Re: Ferret diet question

Dodie wrote:
>I posted this earlier in the week but I didn't get a response. I
>didn't complain about it...just figured you all were busy with other
>things. Since Chris and Dr. Williams suggested reposting, that is
>what I decided to do.
>I just want to make sure that I'm clear on the food issue.
>#1- Rice is better than corn because it does not cause crystals to
>form in the urine which could cause blockage.
>#2- Reducing protein levels in older ferrets is only necessary if
>they are already having renal difficulties.
>#3- Reducing fat levels is only necessary if they are less active.

In relation to corn and rice , I think that the the upshot might have
been that some worry a bit about rice due to glycemic values, and
that it might take -- for most individuals -- a good amount of corn
to affect the urine pH enough to cause bladder stones to form.
I.E.: there are questions remaining...

The rest sounds as I have also interpreted it.

Clarifications, folks?