Message Number: FHL12326 | New FHL Archives Search
From: "wulfhund"
Date: 2010-10-11 17:56:39 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] ferret with renal failure - diet options

I know that ferrets with renal failure should not have a high-protein diet.

The problem is Totally Ferret does not make their "older ferret" formula anymore, and I do not know what % of food should be protein.

I found this recipe on the internet:

"A second recipe, originally published by Hill's Pet Foods, for renal failure in cats but somewhat modified by me for cats and ferrets, consists of one quarter pound of lightly cooked liver (retaining the fat or adding two tablespoons full, if none is present) two large hard-boiled eggs, one teaspoon-full of calcium carbonate, one tablespoon full of canola oil, and one quarter teaspoon full of Morton's Nu-Salt (salt substitute). I would add a multivitamin with vitamin E to this recipe."

The problem is this is hardly scientific. I was hoping that someone here has dealt with this issue before, and knows a food or recipe that will give my guy more time with us.

[It is more a matter of decreasing phosphorus.
That can be done by decreasing protein intake
or can be done by using foods lower in
phosphorus such as cooked whole eggs.

Be careful with the Nu Salt. It contains potassium
and too much of that is as dangerous for the
heart as too little.

You can use other adult foods that are balanced for
ferrets, can call Totally Ferret to ask about their
adult food if you have not already because some
stores are not carrying their full lines, can use
kidney health foods for cats, or can work from
phosphorus tables like this one:

See past vet posts such as these in the easily searched,
separate FHL Archives:
which tell about additional ways you can help your

Also, you do not say if this is acute kidney failure or
chronic kidney failure. Among the things that can cause
acute kidney failure are raisins, grapes and currants.
Infection and diabetes can also bring on acute renal

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