Post by Corvidophile on Jul 30, 2021 18:42:15 GMT -5
It’ll help firm things up for a poop or two, but doesn’t cure anything. The only reason it comes out firm is because they can’t digest all the fiber, it doesn’t fix anything, and it doesn’t replace a useful meal of meat, so it can’t really be used to rest the upset guts like it can in dogs, who can make better use of the sugars in pumpkin for calories, as their digestive tracts are much longer and dogs are a bit omnivorous. In cats and ferrets, all it does is make them have an orange firm bowel movement. Great for pushing out blockages but useless for anything else. Repeated pumpkin feeding can up the chances of developing insulinoma later in life, but a few times won’t hurt.
My boy has had diarrhea all day but was fine last night. Now he is going to the litter box every hour, give or take a few minutes. This is the same boy that I talked about in an earlier post who was diagnosed back in May, I think, with eosinophilic gastroenteritis, an overgrowth of yeast in his intestines, and “IBD”.
He has been off all medications for a while now and had excellent bloodwork results and received a clean bill of health from UTVMC as recently as two weeks ago, but he is still being handfed every six hours because he refuses to eat on his own—but his BMs were almost perfect for the longest time.
I thought it might be stress because I tried to stagger his morning feeding an hour later (putting him at seven hours between two feedings but then back to six after that) so I would be available to go out with family this evening. But it doesn’t seem to be getting any better. It’s like the opposite, in fact. I thought the pumpkin might help things out, but I’m not sure what else to do.
My thoughts would be more bone in meals and less organ, if they are on a raw diet til things stabalise (also a vet visit to rule out other issues. I would also consider an elimination diet to see if there is a sensitivity to something. If their diet is kibble, I have no idea beyond the vet check.
Post by abbeytheferret6 on Aug 2, 2021 3:49:29 GMT -5
Feeding my ferret mice(the fur acts as roughage or i guess fiber) which has helped my boy with diarrhea as well as getting chicken out of diet. Also the rat---the 8 0z rat which i butcher for him is something he can eat with no problem. It has nice size bones in it. i know this is a lot of work and expensive to purchase online. I am thankful i can do it. One of the tiny blessings of being a senior is drawing a social security check.
I hear that lamb is easy on stomach (lamb blended in blender like 8 ounces with 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon of human grade bonemeal). U can freeze the soupie in ice cube tray. this is not a meal to be served only for all time--but to see if he can handle lamb and use as a part of the diet and variety.
My vet told me that ferrets with irritable bowel benefit from novel food--- but said that once they get used to that they may resort back to problem, so trying to find a variety that doesnt bother them may help.