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From: "jennifer"
Date: 2011-01-08 00:01:31 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] best way to put weight on a ferret?

Hi all
I have 3 ferrets Steve, Bailey and Ethel....Steve and Ethel are about 3 years old and Bailey is almost 2 years old....they all eat very well and are getting a mixture of kibble(Evo ferret,8 in 1 Ultimate and Marshalls Premium Ferret) they have kibble at all times and of course also get Bandits treats.....they also get cooked chicken with some canola oil and their FerreTone once a day.....I have recently also started feeding Steve some chicken or beef baby food mixed with a/d canned food because he seems to be a bit skinny....They all had checkups at the vets while being boarded over Christmas and are all good and healthy.
Bailey weighs in at 2.3 lbs
Ethel weighs in at 2 lbs
Steve weighs in at 2 lbs
It might just be me but Steve seems skinny.....he is longer than the other 2 but I think he could use some more weight...
Is there anything else I can use to put weight on him?

[Like humans ferret differ in build.
If this ferret has a gracile build
(sometimes compared to whippets
or to ballerinas and long distance
runners) rather than a robust build
(often compared to bulldogs or
weight lifters) then adding more
weight will only make him fat for
his build.

If he actually IS underweight then
a vet examination by a veterinarian
who knows ferrets is definitely in
order since unhealthy underweight
will typically have a cause that needs
to be addressed.

If he is not bony and he is active and
happy this could just be his natural
build in which case gaining fat could
be less healthy for him.

If you are unsure ask your ferret vet
with an hands on examination.

-- Moderator]


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