Message Number: SG17964 | New FHL Archives Search
Date: 2006-07-22 21:36:43 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: Ferretone

Ah, so any itching would be from the Omega 6 content?

I know that Omega 6 can be bad for already ill kidneys and have read your comment:
>Omega 6 fatty acids (vegetable oils) increase the production
>of the eicosanoids, increase glomerular hypertension, and
>speed up the progression to end-stage kidney failure (death).
and that both Omega 3 and Omega 6 are needed in a balance:
> The problem with a diet that gets
>below a 5 to 1 ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3 fatty acids
>is clotting inhibition. A 1 to 1 ratio would likely cause
>the animal to have severe clotting deficiencies and
>possibly even bleed to death. That is why the recommended
>ratio is 5-1 to 10-1.

Looking further so that I can learn I have found:
by Dr. Wendy Brooks which begins
>Diet and the Skin

>Did you know that skin diseases account for as much as 25% of the cases seen by >small animal veterinarians? Skin problems typically faced by pets and their owners >include:

>The nutritional aspect of skin disease is a very broad topic, too broad to address >in this small article. There are true nutritional deficiencies which affect the skin >and other skin diseases that can be made dramatically better through the use of >supplementation.


>It is helpful to know that because a condition responds to a nutrient, this does not >necessarily mean that a deficiency of that nutrient is present.


>Unsaturated fats can be classified as omega three fatty acids or omega 6 fatty >acids, depending on the location of the double bond relative to the end of the >chain. These types of fatty acids are essential, meaning that our bodies cannot >make them; instead, in order to get them we must eat them in our diet. These fats >are not burned for fuel. Instead they are used as structural components. The >omega 6 fatty acids are used as the main structural components in our cells. >Omega 3s are used in the structure of the retina and central nervous system.


>For healthy skin and coat, the diet must contain adequate omega 6 fatty acids, as >these make up the very surface of the skin.


>Examples of omega six fatty acids (also called n-6 fatty acids): Linoleic acid, >gamma linolenic acid, and arachidonic acid

So, I am confused why the Omega 6 level of Ferretone could have that effect (itching) if a ferret is not already dealing with kidney disease. I know that I am missing something, but not what.

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