Ensure for guinea pigs?

critterluv02

Post   » Sun May 09, 2004 11:46 am


I haven't personally used Green Mush, but it is a hit with all the rattie owners I know. It is used widely with them. By knowing that, I would assume it is a decent product; however, I know that guinea pigs have very different dietary needs than rats. I don't know enough about it as to whether or not it is suitable for guinea pigs.

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Little Jo Wheek

Post   » Sun May 09, 2004 12:46 pm


I've always liked The Missing Link. It wouldn't hurt to use it, I suppose, although I wonder how much garlic it would take to cause hemolytic anemia. That is the only concerning ingredient in that. As a supplement, it should be fine.

The Green Mush stuff looks good also. I'd have to check on the horsetail. If what I saw was the entire ingredient listing, it looks O.K. as a supplement if the horsetail checks out. They of course make some rather lofty claims about their product. To tell you the truth it certainly MAY be possible to overdose on certain vitamins and minerals. It looks like there aren't any additional added vitamins or minerals, so the safety is higher, but it wouldn't be used as the animal's entire diet anyway.

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melcvt00

Post   » Sun May 09, 2004 12:50 pm


My cat was on garlic for a while (I would love to try Missing Link with her, but I can't find it anywhere near me). She was getting the equivalent of a clove daily (tablet form), and didn't get Hemolytic Anemia. The dosage was out of an herbal book another tech had.

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Little Jo Wheek

Post   » Sun May 09, 2004 12:59 pm


Mel, there are TONS of online sources for The Missing Link. We even carried it at several veterinary clinics in my home county.

I sometimes order from Revival Animal Health (www.revivalanimal.com ?) for miscellaneous animal shampoos and stuff. I've had the best service from this company and they carry the complete line of Missing Link stuff, including some of the human products.

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melcvt00

Post   » Sun May 09, 2004 1:20 pm


I will have to try there. The sites I kept looking at had the dog formula, but never the cat.

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Little Jo Wheek

Post   » Sun May 09, 2004 1:26 pm


I do believe they have the equine, dog, cat, glucosamine OTC formulas (less glucosamine than the veterinary ones), and human.

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Little Jo Wheek

Post   » Sun May 09, 2004 1:28 pm


Try here http://www.revivalanimal.com/index.cfm?Detail=1&Product_ID=274

They even have the avian formula! I thought they had the vegetarian one, too. My initial search didn't pull it up, though.

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melcvt00

Post   » Sun May 09, 2004 1:30 pm


Found it. I just might have to order a package of it this week. My older kitty might enjoy it as well.

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Little Jo Wheek

Post   » Sun May 09, 2004 1:30 pm


http://www.designinghealth.com/

This is the manufacturer's site with all product info. They have contact info to find distributors, too.

The equine formula is probably just fine for use in cavies, too. It seems comparable to the vegetarian, except it only comes in larger (5 or more pounds) quantities. You do want to store the excess in the fridge or freezer in airtight containers once opened.

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leebee

Post   » Sun May 09, 2004 2:41 pm


I use Missing Link with my cat. It's really great stuff.

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lisam

Post   » Sun May 09, 2004 3:50 pm


I used to use it with my horses (back when I only had two and could afford to).

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E's Moriarity

Post   » Sun May 09, 2004 4:00 pm


Maybe this is wacky, lisam, but could you make Missing Link yourself? The ingredients don't seem too complicated.

Charybdis

Post   » Sun May 09, 2004 4:55 pm


I'm glad to have found something that might be an improvement on the Ensure (for a critically ill pig needing to gain some weight). Josephine, I'll write them about the carbs and garlic. Strange that there isn't more nutritional info on the packet or the website.

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