Message Number: YG2578 | New FHL Archives Search
Date: 2001-04-15 12:52:00 UTC
Subject: Re: [Ferret-Health-list] Diazoxide and Mineral oil

Hi - No doubt as I read on in catching up, someone will have answered the
mineral oil question. You should never give straight mineral oil to a ferret
- not only is there a possibility of aspiration, but mineral oil will also
adversely affect the absorption of nutrients. Most of the laxatone-type
hairball remedies include some mineral oil - anothe reason to use them with
discretion, IMO. Mineral oil applied to skin can actually leach vitamins and
minerals - which is why mineral oil hasn't be used in human infant care for
many years. Regards, Meg P.S. I don't know about horses though!

In a message dated 4/12/01 8:13:45 AM Eastern Daylight Time,
dagger4u@h... writes:

<< I posted earlier about using mineral oil for partial obstructions. I
am curious if this is ok to use. We use it in horses and it works
great. (obviously if nothing happens within 24 hours, a trip to the
vet is in order) however, if my ferret ate something (a food) and it's
stuck a bit, won't mineral oil help as well as laxatone? (this is for
future use, my ferrets are fine. I am just trying to be prepared for
the worst) >>