I've been researching a lot, a lot, a lot on diet, it was primarily for my future ferrets but since the research im thinking the benefits for the dogs is worth it too not to mention starting to view human diet differently also but that's for another place and time. I know so many of the ways for ferrets to get oils has been debunked and frowned upon (for good reason) and apart from salmon oil there's not been much else mentioned. But along the way I've heard of the benefits of coconut oil for many species as been almost this miraculous thing (and to be fare the coconut is understated it has so many good properties not least its hyper sterile nature). And I stumbled upon this YouTube video who mentioned ferrets in with those that could benefit. *Now I know, I don't need to be told that just because someone uses the word ferret or slaps a label on something saying use this, that it should be taken as gospel* so I was hoping for experienced ferrents advice and if anyone's tryed it or has even more scientific and nutritional knowledge, what you think. Give the video a view and share your thoughts it would be greatly appreciated.
Its an old video relitivly so I guess if there was ferret related truth you'd know and therefore we'd know too but even newer diet models I've found highly rate the coconut so yeah thank you very much. In case the Link doesn't work its titled: Coconut Oil in Your Pet's Diet,
There is no real proof it helps obligate carnivores, and some anecdotal evidence it *might* trigger pancreatitis, diarrhea, or stomach upset. I personally have decided until there is some solid evidence it helps more than harms not to use it.
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I agree with Sherry and Heather about not bothering with the coconut oil. Personally, I try my best to avoid all vegetable and fruit oils, as they're all plant based, and use just animal oils instead, and even there one has to be careful as to which ones you use so you don't throw off a balance or cause an overdose of anything.
I have heard of people using some coconut oil topically to help soothe and moisturize irritated, itchy, dry skin. But you may as well just give an oatmeal bath and not risk the ferret licking off all that oil.
Some people use it to lure ferrets to new foods, but you may as well just use a healthier option like an animal oil, such as Salmon. The salmon oil will also achieve a beautiful, silky coat, so there is no need to bother with an oil that might have risks.
And again, there's people who use coconut oil as a hairball preventative and laxative, which can end up working the same as Vaseline (which should only be used during the Blockage Protocol). So keeping that in mind, you can see how that can lead to runny poops and upset stomachs if used often. Vaseline will also coat the intestines and end up causing malabsorption of nutrients, now I don't know if a similar thing could happen with the coconut oil (seeing as Vaseline causes this due to it's chemical composition), but I just don't feel like taking that risk when there are much better alternatives out there.
Until people can start providing some real hard evidence of the benefits, most especially when related to ferrets, I wouldn't use it myself.