Hello, I have given salmon oil to my two new ferrets, and they don't seem to be taking to it. I then found out how to mix it with petroleum jelly, and my boy is starting to eat some of it, but my girl is still picky. Should I just try offering it to them every day, or is there another way to get them to like it? I know that giving them a laxitive (mostly for hairballs) is very important for them.
Do not mix with petroleum jelly. This is an emergency blockage remedy only. This will actually prevent the absorption of nutrients and your ferret will get sick. Just be persistent with introducing the salmon oil. ciao
It took about a week for my Sophia to get used to it, here is how I did it. I made her lick a FEW drops off my finger everyday for a week until she took it on her own. Like I said only give them little drops cuz otherwise she will be getting too much. Once they take it on their own it is 1/3 tsp every 3 days.
I agree on the coconut oil. Mine took straight to it. It's on the cooking isles $4 it does have to be melted but melts super quick. I have ferrets who refuse to eat salmon I'm sure they wouldn't like the oil.
I mixed salmon oil in with Ferretone progressively over several days (weeks?), first 50-50, then 2/3rds-1/3rd, 75-25. By the end she was as crazy about salmon oil as she was about Ferretone, even though in the beginning she wouldn't even lick it off my finger.
Yes @ferretgirl. The first time I tried to introduce egg, Mocha kicked and squirmed like she thought I was feeding her arsenic. I eventually got some on her nose, which she rubbed off on my pants.
5 minutes after actually getting her to try some egg, she was gobbling it down! If that doesn't work, I would try watering it down and feeding it to them with a (plastic) syringe and/or topping it with something they like oil-wise.
Oils (salmon best and olive best, ferretone if absolutely necessary) are great because they float on top and give off an appetizing aroma.
@sophia Don't worry, I don't use the Ferretone anymore. It's just a very good tool for a painless transition to salmon oil. The only reason I still have the bottle is in case of medical emergency and I'm desperate to get something down her throat (like after her blockage surgery!).
Celene "I eventually got some on her nose, which she rubbed off on my pants." That is hilarious, and classic ferret
I just wanted to say thanks for this information. I was wondering about introducing salmon oil but I didn't want to just start a new thread. I used the search tool and found this. I just got some salmon oil and I have two girls. On the first day they were both a bit dubious. It took very little time for one to realise she loves it. The other isn't so keen, so I was looking for tips to teach her to eat it. I've been gently wiping some on her mouth, so I'll just keep trying that and offering a taste.
For the oil I got some capsules and squeezed the oil out. The store had two brands but one mentioned something about "natural orange", so I gave that one a miss. The one I ended up buying looks to be just salmon oil. No idea where I would find it in non capsule form.
tanya Most petsores will sell Salmon oil, usually in either the cat or dog aisles. Or you could just order a bottle online.
Most of the vitamin and health stores I'd been to all had salmon oils with "orange" or "lemon" flavoring, so I never bothered with any of those either. I think those just get added to just make the taste and smell better for people who decide to take them as a supplement for themselves.
If you have any pet boutiques near you(often pet stores that also offer raw), they should have a couple of different kinds of oils Any animal based oil will work fine. Fish, krill, seal, emu, etc
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