I wouldn't feed feeder goldfish. If you want to provide enrichment to your ferrets, go to your local baitshop and buy a couple of fingerlings. They are local species, not treated with chemicals and antibiotics and have to be free of parasites and fungus. ciao
Sorry to hijack and old thread, but could fish be used as a regular supplement to a whole prey diet? We raise aquarium fish as a hobby, and, well, sometimes there are extra. I have yet to find any nutritional information on them or how they could fit in to a meal plan. Could you point me in the right direction?
Ferrets: Koda & Kronk DIP: Cleo, Kenai & Willow Dogs: Whippet Lincoln & Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Kayra Guinea Pigs: Squeakie, Missy, Honey, Scruffy, Tilly, Lily & Millie. Fish: Too many to count!
If you use absolutely no additives to the water then yes as an odd treat.
Ferrets: Contessa, Frankenfurter, Butterscotch. Kitties: Watson, Oskar DIP Sinnead, Vincent, Boris, Zeus and Athena, Willow, Mr. Frodo, Indie, Lucrezia, Judge, Odin, Miss Emily, Suki, Cody, Aristotle. RIP Herne, Ligeia, and Mr. Stubbs
One of the issues you will have to consider if you're going to add fish as a regular meal is thiaminase. Goldfish and many other fish contain this enzyme which can cause issues if fed as a regular diet to your ferret. ciao
Heather Thank you! Having a name to search makes it so much easier. I see why it should only be an occasional treat. We'll do it as such for the ferrets. Do you know if there is a certain intake limit per kg before you see any ill effects? It may work better as a mix in the dogs' diets.