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"We currently have two ferrets. Strangely, our oldest one is also named Lady and was nicknamed Lardarse due to her excessive weight. She put this on during her first winter and never really lost it. When we did notice weight loss plus a loss of fur from the base of her tail a trip to the vet was called for. The diagnosis was adrenal gland problems and arrangements were made for her to have it removed. I got a phone call later that morning from the vet and was informed that she was riddled with cancer. I was given the option of having her put down right away or having her sewn up and brought back home. I elected to have her sewn up. When I went to collect her the vet questioned me at length about her diet and told me the dry cat food was behind her problems. It seems these are loaded with salt and sugar that the ferrets digestive system cannot cope with. I changed their diet to all meat ( it took nearly 3 days before they would actually eat the meat.) I also give them lactose free milk, nutrigel supplement and I add Prosure to the milk. This is a diet supplement given to human cancer patients to put more ' meat ' on their bones. Lady has now been on this diet for 5 1/2 months and is still going well for a 7yo. A trip back to the vet for a check up was made about 6 weeks ago. He was amazed to see her still alive. He said he figured she might last a month or two with luck. She has put on some weight again and looks like she'll be around for a while yet. I cannot emphasise enough the need to keep ferrets off dry cat food. Good quality meat is the way to go. We find they will eat chicken, Honey will also eat pork, ( Lady won't touch it. ) Neither of them will eat lamb. Fussy little devils. I hope this info will be of use to other ferret owners. "
"Patrick Nice"

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