Message Number: YG3899 | New FHL Archives Search
Date: 2001-05-22 21:27:00 UTC
Subject: RE: [Ferret-Health-list] good liquid diet?

> Tish has lymphosarcoma and her submandibular nodes are quite
> swollen. For the past week we were supplementing her hard kibble
> diet with gruel (ground kibble, water, ensure) mixed to a thick
> milkshake consistency, she had that twice a day. We noticed she had
> stopped eating dry kibble a couple days ago and started her on gruel
> every 8 hours. She had slowly started eating less and less of the
> gruel and now she is refusing it. I think it is hurting her throat
> too much to eat it. I mixed extra water in and she drank a bit but
> that way she isn't getting much of the kibble, just the water and
> ensure. Is there any completely liquid diet that is nutritional
> enough to support a ferret?

I don't know if will support her forever, but I have had a lot of luck with
powdered Goat's Milk (or liquid). If you can't find that try Lactofree
infant formula in any supermarket. Might put a bit of Nutrical in it if she
likes it,or Dyne or Stat if you have it, but I find most of the ferrets like
the milk.

I kept my ferret Bunny alive for a year on soup made of: Baby chicken or
turkey, baby rice cereal, Dyne and powdered Goat's Milk.