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Feeding Pet Ferrets

Like all animals that are kept as pets, ferrets also have unique nutritional requirements that must be met every day to ensure their health and well-being. If you have no idea what to give your pet ferret and how to meet their daily needs for specific nutrients, you should do some research, consult a pet nutritionist or your veterinarian. Ferrets have high metabolic rates, thus they need to eat about 8-10 small meals per day. They are true carnivores and will require a good source of protein. A homemade diet is not recommended for pet ferrets for it can increase their risks for nutritional deficiencies and malnutrition. Experts recommend commercial pellets because they have been formulated to meet the dietary needs of ferrets in an artificial environment. When buying pellets, make sure to read the label of the product especially the list of ingredients. Steer clear of pellet products that contain corn or grain. Prime sources of protein, like chicken or lamb, should be on top of the list of ingredients. If commercial ferret food is not available, kitten food is a recommended alternative. Still, make sure to check the ingredients. Your pet ferret will also benefit from being given fatty acid supplements.

Consult your Tampa, FL veterinarian for nutritional advice, especially if you notice any changes in your pet's health. Set an appointment at this site: http://baycrestanimalclinic.com/

 

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