Post by mustelidmusk on Jan 28, 2011 9:28:58 GMT -5
I haven't had a chance to review all ingredients on these products yet. (work is messing with me as usual) I do have concern with licorice. There are generally two forms of licorice, one is OK, the other can be problematic.
The problem with licorice as an herb it that, unless it's processed in a very specific way, it affects the adrenal glands - ( I believe it affects the cortiso-producing part of the gland.) Thus, it is not reommended for ferrets and it should be used with caution in any application.
regarding the mushrooms, these are probably fine. However there is one thing about the maitake you need to be aware of. Maitake can affect blood sugar levels. This may have some affect on insulinomic ferrets that could be either good or bad, so use this with caution if you ferret has been kibble fed for any significant lentgth of time throughout his life. Whether or not the affect is good or bad will depend upon how the mushroom works as well as the degree of disease that may be present. USUALLY, herbs that affet blood sugar are beneficial in small amount but may be potentially problematic if over done.
I will try to get some info on this over the weekend and look at these product in more detail.
Post by ferretdroogies on Jan 28, 2011 15:50:30 GMT -5
That's interesting about the maitake mushrooms. I looked it up out if curiosity, and everything I read said it lowered blood sugar (which would be good for an insulinomic ferret, right?).
What I have noticed so far since I have been giving the mushroom supplement is better poops, less itchiness, and Pan's chicken sensitivity is gone! She used to barf or had really loose poopies after chicken anything (even if it wasn't all chicken), but she is eating chicken without any problems! I was able to add it back into their variety with no problems whatsoever! She loves chicken, too, so I was happy to see her be able to enjoy it again.
Based on what you said, I think I will be avoiding licorice just in case. I'm interested in what you have to say about the rest of the ingredients... very interesting stuff!
Post by mustelidmusk on Jan 30, 2011 14:57:21 GMT -5
I could not fnd an actual ingredients list fro the slpery elm bark. If it's alcohol free has slippery elm bark only, it's probably fine.
The tummy trouble has alcohol in it, so I'd avoid that remedy as well.
The mushrooms should be used only if your ferrets have not been not been fed kibble except for a short period of time as a kit. I would not recommend maitake as a reglar/daily for any ferret - especially if the ferret may be at risk for insulinoma/low blood sugar
There's a reasonable chance hat the maitake is OK (and possibly helpful to stabilizing blood sudar if it's fed i small amounts. However fed in larger amounts some substances that moulaltae blood sugar at level levels mat cause a drop in blood sugar levels we fed in highr doses.