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Posted by cf on February 04, 2003 at 12:27:52:
In Reply to: Re: western hognose and fatty liver disease posted by Colchicine on February 03, 2003 at 23:32:45:
While the subject is open, maybe some of you can address this issue also? I have another Eastern coming soon, and the person who has it now says he began to stay away from rodents with hair and went to rat pups because he saw what looked like a hair ball stool. I've seen several comments on this possibly being a problem for hogs, but is there any justification for the belief that the hair is a problem for them? I think there's even a person on this forum that skins their mice!
As far as the fat thing goes, I've read your comments and so I'm wondering if it really matters if you feed pinkies and rat pups for any other reason other than the lack of bone development causing them to be somewhat defficient in calcium? From what I understand they do have more fat than adults, thusly more caloric value, so would baby rodents cause long term problems?
s accepted that Westerns do not have the same problems with a rodent diet as the others. HOWEVEVER, I have had personal communications with a credible sources stating that fatty liver disease has not been proven. I don't consider it a threat in the 2 Easterns in my care that have been fed almost exclusively mice for ~10yrs. Check out a recent discussion on this matter...