Message Number: FHL5227 | New FHL Archives Search
From: "bzwithmybirds"
Date: 2008-06-14 07:25:07 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: NOT - Solely a food question

Whenever his BG is crashes, my insulinomic ferret almost always has
diahrrhea shortly afterwards, (or sometimes during the crash.) I
found it to happen most when his food was supplemented with kitten
chow, before I knew he had insulinoma. I blamed his spaciness and
incontinence on old age, before I learned about insulinoma on this
group. I know now that there were just too many carbs in that kibble,
and they made his glucose dip dangerously low. He can't do Marshall's
or Totally Ferret any more, either, without the same results.

At first, he was not a big fan of home-made, high protein soup (glop
is what it looks like - LOL!) I had to start him on turkey and
chicken "stage 2" baby food, to get him used to the new texture.
Finger feeding, then spoon feeding. Then baby food/soup mixed 50-50.

He's come around, loves his "soup" and is doing much better in the BG
control department. I hide his prednisolone in a little bit of soup,
then follow with the rest of his meal to make sure he gets all the
meds down first. He was temporarily housed with his buddies in their
cage yesterday, while I cleaned his. I forgot to remove their food
dish. By the time I remembered, I saw Sonny put his nose in the bowl,
and then turn it up in disgust. He no longer has ANY interest in dry
food, and his coat has never looked so good!

I'll try to find the link to the recipe I use for...well, it's
called "chicken gravy," not "duck soup," but since I got the info
from a link on FHL, and it WORKS,
[ for the gravy recipe]
I don't care what it's called! ;)
The change in diet sure eliminated much of the "diaper duty" and
Desenex use!

Maybe your ferret will like this version of ferret health food? I'll
forward it directly to you when I find it, for you to use when/if you
see fit!

Regards to you and your fuzzy rescues -

- Lisa

> The only thing that makes any difference is when I put him back on
> Marshall's. If I even add a little bit of Totally Ferret or Pro Plan
> kitten to his food he starts having diarrhea again.
> He does have insulinoma.


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