I'm looking into a more healthier and natural laxative for my ferrets. I have heard for numerous years that canned, puree pumpkin does wonders as a laxative, but I have always been hesitant as ferrets are carnivores. Is pumpkin actually safe? Ramsey is Insulinomic, so would it be safe for him? If pumpkin is safe, how so because ferrets are carnivores?
If I am convinced to try the pumpkin puree, how do you guys store it? I can only get it in a can so once I open it I have to do something with the whole can. It'd be a waste to refrigerate a can of pumpkin puree and let it go to waste a week or so later. What do you guys do?
Is there any other healthier, natural laxative? I've heard mixed things about petroleum jelly so I am avoiding that. Some say it can kill healthy bacteria in the intestines, etc.
Also would salmon oil be more appropriate a reward/treat or is it helpful as a lax too?
The pumpkin and vaseline (petroleum jelly) thing is called the Blockage Protocol. You only do that when you believe your baby has a blockage. The pumpkin firms up everything together inside to push through the bowels, and the vaseline lubricates so that it can pass through. But it should only be used in small amounts on a timed schedule, if you fear your little one ate something that has caused a blockage. Vomiting may occur from it and you need to go to a vet as soon as that happens, so it's not something to take lightly, but can be a lifesaver in a very disastrous time too. One should always have some canned pumpkin (unopened it stays good for like 2 years) and vaseline in your ferret medical box.
If you fear hairballs that might cause a blockage, you can do a little egg yolk once a week as a preventative and it's a yummy treat too.
You can use raw egg to combat ingested hair, which is why a laxative used to be given to ferrets normally. You can up their egg intake during the sheds to 2 or 3 eggs a week. This will help them deal with excess hair being ingested by grooming themselves or other ferrets. Ferrets eating a well balanced diet shouldn't have any use for a laxative. The blockage protocol is used when it is suspected when the ferret has ingested a foreign object but other than that there is no reason why a ferret should need a laxative. It's as unhealthy for a ferret to constantly have laxatives as it's unhealthy for a human. ciao