Hello, I don't have a ferret yet but I'm doing all the research I can to give my future ferret the best life possible. I saw a couple of threads on probiotics and tried seeing which bacteria naturally grow in their gut, but I've had no luck. I want probiotics in case the ferret has to get antibiotics or is having trouble digesting food. If the probiotic has bacteria that come from dairy or plants/ herbivores is it safe for them to have? Are there any ferret-safe brands out there? Thank you! =D
Post by Corvidophile on Mar 11, 2021 16:48:30 GMT -5
FortiFlora is a powder you mix into food and Bene-bac is a gel you squeeze into their mouth, both will work and have a fairly long shelf life. Probiotics do lose effectiveness after a while, silo you should probably rebuy every few years. You can also buy lactobacillus powder capsules for humans and crack one open every two days (split the contents over two days worth of food), this is a little harder to do but it’ll be cheaper.
Lycopenes are a pigment in tomatoes and other plants. They're antioxidants and maybe they prevent cancer, so I think I might supplement occasionally when the ferret gets older. (I don't have him yet). I think this would help him not get common cancers. Does anyone know if this can help and what would be the dosage? Thanks
That's great that you are doing all this research for when you get your ferret. The lycopene you looked up doesn't have great research for preventing the type of cancers ferrets get, it specifically mentioned lung, breast or prostate cancers so I don't think those are cancers are that prevalent in ferrets. Giving people supplements to ferrets may be something you should discuss with your vet. Have you researched and found a good exotic vet in your area?
Yes, I have 2 reptiles in my house and I take them to a vet place called Eco Deco in Miami Beach. I'm thinking of changing to another vet soon to see which one is better at taking care of ferrets. Eco Deco said they don't see ferrets very often. I asked him once about ferrets. He said they have a whole lot of health problems, cost a lot, and don't live long but that they're unique. The other vets I'm thinking about are VCA South Dade for exotics and South Kendall Animal Hospital.
Thank you! I really like this forum, you guys are very nice ☺️ Any random advice on ferret?
Well from being on here, I have done a lot of reading, as you are doing, and have made every effort to keep my ferret healthy and safe and giving him the best care possible by feeding him a raw diet. Do the research in that stuff that is out there for ferrets that aren't good for them and don't make the mistake in buying that stuff. Like a lot of the Marshall products you will want to avoid for example, they have sugars in them that will cause insulinoma. You are definitely in the right place to read about the right things to do. Also make sure your house is ferret proof before bringing the fuzzy home so they can't get into trouble and get stuck somewhere or find a hole to escape in or eat something that could cause a blockage like rubbery stuff. Before I brought my ferret home I made sure I had everything in place and the house was safe and no rubbery stuff that he could eat. You have to get down on the ground and think like a ferret. In the first year or so I watched my ferret like a hawk and spent a lot of time playing with him and learning about his behaviour and also seeing what kind of trouble he could get into and always tried to stay on top of him to make sure he wasn't getting into things. They are persistent little buggers and are very smart and won't stop trying until they get what they want. lol They are so amazing, you can learn lots about them. I'm always down on the floor playing with mine.