My ferret ate a gummy worm yesterday and now is throwing
up. She's still really active and eating. should
i be worried? Also, is sugar free lemonade bad as
an occasional treat, my ferret really loves it, but
I'm not so sure its good for her.
Ferrets are Obligate Carnivores (meat
eaters), it would be best Not to give fruits/sugars/cereals
etc.. as they do not posses the ability to process
these and you are doing the ferret harm by giving
them. She needs lots of fluids to flush out all the
sugar from the gummy worm from the kidneys. Go out
and buy her some Gerber's Chicken/Turkey baby food
(blue label) and give her that with a little water
added, it is high in meat protein and has the fluid
she needs. You can give her this every day as a supplement
to her regular food.
People love treats, ferrets love attention,
therefore the baby food will be a way for you to
share time with your ferret if you let her lick it
from your finger. It is a HEALTHY SNACK and in times
of iilness you will be feeding her baby food. Lemonade
of any kind is a carbohydrate and is processed into
sugar by the body, so stick with MEAT as a snack.
Is it safe for a ferret to eat carrots?
NO, DEFINITELY NOT! Many a ferret
has had to have surgery for a blockage from CARROTS
and some have died! RAW CARROTS cannot be digested
by ferrets and therefore cause blockages.
I have a ferret that is three years old I read in a ferret book that it is ok
to give your ferret milk with whip cream on top for a treat. I do this very
rarely and he loves it, but I had also read to keep ferrets away from milk.
Is this ok to do or should I stop?
Ferrets are not milk drinkers and will get diarrhea. When you say 'treat', how
often? Sometimes people advocate 'whipped cream' for ferrets that need to put
on weight, but I personally would not give my ferrets any kind of dairy products.
For a healthy snack you might want to start your ferret
on BABYFOOD CHICKEN/TURKEY, about a tablespoon, once
a day. He will get used to it very quickly and will
look forward to getting each day. The advantage to
this is, if he should get sick, this is what you will
have to feed him and when he does, he will be used
to the baby food and there will be no struggle to feed
I gave my ferret three small pieces of lettuce yesterday
(about the size of a dime) and now today she has
had diarrhea.The vet told me that he would like to
see her have some vegetables in her diet and to give
her raisins as a treat. I know that ferrets are carnivores
but so are people and we eat vegetables so I figured
he knew what he was talking about, after all he's
the vet. Her earlier bowel movements were normal
but this last one was not. Could it be from the lettuce?
She also had her distemper shot yesterday. She is
eating and drinking fine and was also playing like
her usual self earlier this afternoon (prior to the
diarrhea). If it is from the lettuce or anytime she
has diarrhea, how long should it be allowed before
contacting a vet to avoid dehydration? She is only
11 weeks old. It is normal for them to experience
some slight diarrhea when giving them something new
like dogs sometimes do?
Why would you want to give your ferret lettuce? Ferrets
are carnivores (meateaters), they should be fed a HIGH
MEAT PROTEIN FERRET FOOD OR KITTEN FOOD, what are you
If you are feeding a good quality ferret
food then she does not need any other 'treats'. Treats
are a human thing, animals do not need treats, the
companies that are producing them are making a lot
of money from pet owners! Now if you want to give her
a healthy snack, then go buy her some GERBER'S BABYFOOD(blue
label) CHICKEN OR TURKEY and feed her some from your
finger, once she likes it, then you can offer her a
teaspoonful as a healthy snack each day. Plus if she
ever gets sick this is the food she will eat.
Always provide her with fresh ferret
food every day and fresh water and make sure it is
available at ALL times. Fruits and vegetables are not
digested by ferrets so do NOT feed her those. It could
have been the lettuce that caused the diarrhia but
it most likely was a reaction to her shot.
One thing to remember is ferrets have
a delicate digestive system and therefore introducing
any new food can cause gastro intestinal upsets, such
as diarrhia, therefore if you ever switch foods, PLEASE
make sure you introduce the food slowly and always
make sure it is a good quality food.
We have two large dogs, that get along well with Peek-A-Boo.
Is it okay for her to play with their pig ears treats when
she is out, she is always finding one and dragging it away
to chew on. I always take them and put them up as I am
not sure if this is okay. They are large, about 6-8 inches
long and very hard, so I do not think it is anything she
could choke on.
I do know that many dogs have died from those 'rawhide'
products, because they chew them and leave them laying
around and then they grow bacteria. I personally do not
give any of my animals pork products as it is a very
rich meat and causes diarrhea. As far as the ears are
concerned I think it better that you NOT let the ferret
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