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From: Mike
Date: 2010-10-20 15:04:47 UTC
Subject: Re: [ferrethealth] Young ferret, healthy appetite?

I don't have a lot of advice other than stress will cause ferrets to have l=
oose stools.=C2=A0 Too much ferretone will cause loose stools because its t=
oxic to ferrets if they get too much and the first sign is loose stools.=C2=
He may not have received much food in his last home and wants to get the fo=
od while its there.=C2=A0
I would NOT limit his food.=C2=A0 I can't think of any reason someone would=
need to limit the availability of food for a ferret.
Keep checking to make sure there isn't a medical condition causing the loos=
e stools.
I myself do not want our ferrets going to the food bowl or water bottle and=
find it empty.=C2=A0 I want them to know that they will always have food a=
nd water and clean bedding.=C2=A0 All our ferrets are rescues and come from=
all different types of neglect and abuse.
Good Luck with your fuzzy.

[Well, Ferretone is NOT toxic to ferrets. They can get loose stools from i=
though, simply because too much fat or oil all at once winds up with too
little digested, then bird seed stool result. The rumor that Ferretone
is toxic to ferrets began because too much Vitamin A is toxic for
humans (while humans need more D usually). The opposite is
true for ferrets. They are descended from obligate carnivores
who had very little sun exposure so they can wind up with
problems from too much D, but they deal beautifully with
high levels of A as one would expect from an animal with
generations of many daily liver eaters. In fact, a high enough
level of Vitamin A is a big help in terms of Canine Distemper
and Vitamin A deficiency is also discussed with symptoms listed.
and the high dose in there IS correct. I put a reply from one
of the researchers on dose into the FHL but can't find it right now.
-- Moderator]


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