Message Number: SG14472 | New FHL Archives Search
Date: 2005-06-22 22:38:19 UTC
Subject: Food ingredients question
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This is the food ingredients of a particular ferret diet that I have been considering.

Ingredients: Chicken, Chicken Meal, Brown Rice, Lamb Meal, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols, Beta-Carotene, Ascorbic Acid and Rosemary), Potatoes, Tomatoes, Chicken Digest, Fish Oil, Flax Seed Oil, Brewers Dried Yeast, Apples, Garlic, Carrots, Eggs, Broccoli, Dicalcium Phosphate, Potassium Chloride, Lactobacillus Acidophilus, Lactobacillus Casei, Streptococcus Faecium, Lactobacillus Plantarum, Choline Chloride, Vitamin E Supplement, Zinc Oxide, Vitamin A Acetate, Copper Sulfate, Manganese sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Zinc Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Calcium Pantothenate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Niacin, Riboflavin Supplement, Inositol, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Potassium Iodide, Vitamin D2 Supplement, Folic Acid, Sodium Selenite, Cobalt Carbonate.

Guaranteed Analysis: Protein, not less than 38.0 % Fat, not less than 19.0 % Fiber, not more than 2.5 % Moisture, not more than 12.0 % Ash, not more than 7.0 % Magnesium content, aprox .095% Taurine content, aprox. 0.3%

My question is, are the vegitables included in this diet a problem, or is there some kind of special process in which these vegitables are made harmless to a ferrets system? Are the apples, carrots, brocolli, potatoes, and tomatoes an okay source of nutrients in this diet. I liked this diet because of the quality of the first ingredients, but upon further investigation, I noticed these other ingredients that concerned me. What does anyone think about this diet? It is supposed to be a form of a "natural" diet.

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