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- Ferrets lack a cecum to digest/ process fuits and vegetables.

- A ferrets left lung has 2 lobes, while the right has 4.

- A ferrets body contains 14 or 15 pairs of ribs.

- A kit has 30 baby teeth, while an adult has 34.

- Food fully travels throughout their system in 3 hours.

North Coast Duck Soup Recipe

 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dry high quality ferret food (Omit if ferret has insulinoma or IBD)

  • 1 quarter chicken fully cooked and deboned

  • 2 cups water used from boiling the chicken

  • 2 hard boiled eggs (leave shells on and include for extra calcium)

  • 10 Papaya tablets (aids in digestion)

  • 1 Calcium Tablet 500mg

  • 1 tsp Ferretone or Linatone

  • 1 6 oz can Iams (or other HIGH quality food) Cat or Kitten food

 

Duck SoupCook chicken until well done (chicken easily comes off the bones); do NOT add salt. Eggs can be boiled with chicken. Add deboned chicken to blender with broth water, papaya tablets, calcium tablets, and blend on high until mixture is pulverized. Add dry food and continue blending until smooth. Add the remaining ingredients one at a time with the canned cat food being the last item. Add remaining broth water as needed to tap off blender. Blend for approximately 3 minutes Mixture should be thin. Pour or drain into ice cube trays and freeze. Place frozen cubes in sealed plastic bags for long term storage.

Each cube equals 1 serving. For ill ferrets, feed a minimum of 1 cube every 4-6 hours. The more the better, but feed at least 4 times a day.

 

Modifications

For ferrets on Lasix therapy or severely dehydrated ferrets - add 90 mg Potassium (1 tablet)For Adrenal ferrets - Add 200 IU of dry vitamin E (1 tablet)

For pregnant or nursing jills and also for weaning kits, add 1 scoop puppy milk replacer and 1 Folic Acid tablet to each blender full of soup

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Health Tid Bits

- Ferret's normal rectal temperature is between 100 - 104 with 101.9 being the average.

- Heart rate is 180 - 250 bpm with 225 being average.

- Respiration is 33-36 per minute.

- Normal urine pH is 6.5 - 7.5

- Blood volume is 60-80 ml/ kg.

- Ferrets do possess toxoplasmosis in their systems. However, unlike cats they cannot release/ shed the infected eggs back into the environment, they hit a dead end, so humans cannot catch the disease.

 
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