Post by dorena261-Natalia on Jan 28, 2015 16:49:37 GMT -5
it's great they are eating more on their own. what about the pork? are they eating it better than last week?
about the prolapse, do you see the part of intestine or it just looks a bit swollen? do you give them any oils with their meals, and was the poop normal or harder than usual? oils can do this and harder stools. keep an eye on that, if it continues it would be good to see the vet.
Post by ferretbrah on Jan 28, 2015 21:17:49 GMT -5
I think I ran out of the portioned out pork but I should have some more to thaw out for tomorrow.
Yeah you can see a tad of the intestine end of that makes sense. It isn't red , and it is the normal tan color I would say. Poops seem to be the same. Should I try getting him to drink more to soften it up?
I haven't been giving them oils yet as I need to find the salmon oil still. I may just go ahead and buy it online. I believe they were like $26,00 for a small bottle.
Last Edit: Jan 28, 2015 21:18:40 GMT -5 by ferretbrah
Post by dorena261-Natalia on Jan 29, 2015 4:18:30 GMT -5
too much oil can cause prolapse, thats why i asked. you can try to add a bit of meat in the mince, or water, it will soften their poop a bit and you will see does it helps. anyway, if it continues i would bring him to a vet. i will ask senior mentors about that too, maybe they have some idea.
Post by dorena261-Natalia on Jan 29, 2015 17:54:36 GMT -5
i asked.. some commercial grinds are a bit higher in bone and that could be the reason of dry poops which can cause a prolapses. try to track if it's only one type of protein or grind that causes problems. if that's the case, you should add some meat in that grind to prevent the prolapses in the future or try to avoid the protein.
So far we have not seen harry have it happen again yet since. The recent difference is not having turkey for a few days. They did have pork twice yesterday but had to be scruffed throughout the whole thing or else they would 'fake eat it' by just licking it lightly.
Post by dorena261-Natalia on Feb 1, 2015 5:33:42 GMT -5
i forgot to mention again. since they're on mince you should brush their teeth at least once a week, otherwise they will have problems. ultra soft kids toothbrush and hot water, scruff them and clean it. once they start to eat bones and bigger meat pieces you won't have to think about that
We used oxyfresh pet gel toothpaste, which worked very well. Brooklyn didnt mind it too much and harry only squirmed a few times. We just rubbed it against their teeth and gums and will attempt it with a brush in a few days again probably.
The toothpaste has almost no smell which is probably why they didn't freak out and Brooklyn even tried to lick it while we were brushing them.
Yeah, I will just have to keep trying with the mice and larger pieces of quail , and heart.
Post by dorena261-Natalia on Feb 3, 2015 17:32:01 GMT -5
yaaay for salmon oil! now you can try the mouse and pork with it
you can give them 1/3 tsp every 3 days. i put few drops on the food maybe once a week, but i use coconut oil and extra virgin olive oil too and only with Nyx. others get few drops here and there, usually when there is some meat they don't like so much like beef.
about the teeth, i was using dental gel for ferrets after the brushing, but i saw it's the same thing when i brush them with only warm water, without the gel. no difference. Nyx has had huge problems with her gums after the immunosuppressants few months ago, i couldn't brush them regularly bc the gums were bleeding. not much, but it was hurting her, and she had bad ulcers. the vet said to stop brushing for a while until it gets better, but in the meanwhile lots of plaque pile up. she's not a candidate for a sedation (to clean them by a vet) cause she had bad lab exams and had a bad reaction on medicine last time on sedation so i bought LEBA III spray. now we will se how will it work.