Here in Southern Ontario, I generally start my dogs on neem powder first of April or so depending on the temperature. I am all in on natural for the ferrets as well, won’t do collars or drops or anything like that. so my question, can I just add a touch of neem powder to their food too? They aren’t going to be outside a ton of time , but want them to be safe just the same, and can’t find a whole lot online as to their reaction
Post by caitmonster on Mar 9, 2019 22:57:31 GMT -5
It would be straight neem bark powder, correct? I would ask a reputable vet about dosages before you give them anything to be ingested. I don't know anything about its taste, either, so ferrets may not even want to eat it.
Post by abbeytheferret6 on Mar 10, 2019 4:40:16 GMT -5
I would not do that. While this is neem in oil form---
Neem oil should only be used topically and ingestion should be avoided, our experts stress. It’s available commercially as topical tinctures, sprays, and shampoos, McFaddin says. Not all products are equal, however. “These products are not generally regulated and purity of the ingredients may be questionable,” she adds. This is why buying neem oil from a trusted source is essential.
Neem oil has mostly been used on dogs and horses with a fairly wide safety margin, Shelton says. “Cats have not used neem as widely, and for now, we would still recommend caution, as cats groom much more than other species (and are more likely to ingest it). Until safety data and veterinary use is documented further, we would suggest refraining from use of neem unless guided by a veterinarian.”
If your pet is in distress after you apply neem oil—signs include vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, respiratory distress, or convulsions—Conway says you should discontinue use.
Neem oil can aid in repelling and killing parasites, but vets recommend against relying on it as your only source of insect repellant. Whether neem oil offers a safe and effective way to treat other conditions is questionable at this point. As with other herbal remedies, there just isn’t enough data available for its use in companion animals. When in doubt, always ask your vet.
This is what my vet dispenses. Revolution or Advantage Multi for Cats and the dosage determined by vet(ferrets weight).You can ask how often it can be given. I thnk it is 2 weeks---I would keep my ferrets in house before having to repeatedly use these though. I did do this---maybe up to 3 doses. I did bomb my house for fleas because I saw that it was becoming an endless cycle. No more washing dog in shower for me.