Message Number: YG6169 | New FHL Archives Search
Date: 2001-08-07 03:33:00 UTC
Subject: Re: [Ferret-Health-list] serious advice needed...2nd
request & follow-up

In my opinion, I would eliminate all of the softened kibbled food and feed
him just a mix of 2nd stage baby food and Science Diet A/D. These are the
most easily digestible foods that you can feed him and may help him begin to
absorb the nutrients that he needs to get back on his feet again. There are a
number of enzyme products on the market - Prozyme and Ferretzyme come to mind
right off the bat. I haven't used them in a while, but I know that Prozyme
was prescribed to us for one ferret having difficulty absorbing food.

I agree with Troy Lynn - 90cc's of food is a reasonable amount of food for a
ferret his size. I typically draw out the day's worth of food into syringes
and refrigerate. Warm as needed and that way I have an idea of just how much
food he is getting. That way I am only making a day's worth of food and not
concerned about how long it will keep.

The second part of this is just as important. If you have a ferret that is
that dehydrated, he should be getting IMO a maximum of 100cc of sub-q fluids
daily. I don't personally like giving that much at once, so I break it out
over the day - 35cc at a time. Yes, this means that your whole day is wrapped
around this ferret. My bosses are very generous in allowing me to bring my
critical care kids to work for constant supervision and treatments. I think
it has made the difference between recovering and not in a number of cases.

I hope that this helps.

Lisa Leidig, Head Ferret
The Ferret Haven "By-the-Sea"