Message Number: FHL12286 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Sukie Crandall
Date: 2010-09-30 17:47:52 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] hypercalcemia Blue Buffalo food warning from VIN; raisin risk reminder
To: fhl <>

This info was needed on the FML for a ferret who has gone
into sudden kidney failure:

This ferret may simply be more vulnerable if that is it.

Here is one VIN article from less than a month ago due to too much=20
Vitamin D in Blue Buffalo foods and resulting hypercalcemia in dogs. =

Ferrets are also vulnerable to too much D intake and to developing=20

> The company=92s focus has been on Blue Buffalo Wilderness Chicken=20
> Recipe, manufactured in April 2010 with a best-used-by date of July=20
> 2011.
> Vitamin D toxicity, or hypervitaminosis D, induces bone loss and=20
> abnormally high serum calcium levels, which could result in kidney=20
> stones and the calcification of organs like the heart and kidneys if=20
> left untreated.

doesn't have this new problem yet, showing the 2007 melamine problem=20
with Blue Buffalo as the latest for that maker:


My other post to there which might be a useful reminder:

Did the ferret have raisins, grapes or currants? Each of those has=20
caused acute kidney failure. Animals with problems from such food=20
items are ferrets, dogs, and cats. Most of the documentation is in=20
dogs, but "Ferrets Magazine" had an excellent article by two vets who=20
have treated it in ferrets who were almost killed by raisins.=20=20
(Remember that ferrets DO stash things so a ferret can have a raisin=20
stash and then one day eat it, going over any safe amount. It may be=20
that as few as 7 raisins could be too much for some mid-sized adult=20
ferrets. One thing also under consideration is that some ferrets=20
might have an increased genetic vulnerability to this risk.)

Good luck. We have had a ferret who survived life-threatening kidney=20
problems three times. It can be a long haul and lots and lots and=20
lots of fluid becomes important for an extended period. We much that=20
is good to say about IV and about sub-cutaneous fluids as well as oral.

Sukie (not a vet)

Recommended ferret health links:
all ferret topics:

"All hail the procrastinators for they shall rule the world tomorrow."
(2010, Steve Crandall)
On change for its own sake: "You can go really fast if you just jump=20
off the cliff."
(2010, Steve Crandall)


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