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Old 11-09-2012, 02:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Couple questions about Emily's current diet.

I was looking through some random posts about proper hedgehog diet, and it made me curious as to if Emily's current food was okay for her. I think her protein intake might be too high, if that is the case what ill effects could it have?
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) Food
1) Innova, Senior Cat Food
- Ingredients: Turkey, chicken, chicken meal, barley, brown rice, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), rice, herring, pea fiber, natural flavors, apple, flaxseed, carrot, egg, sunflower oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), herring oil, cranberry, pumpkin, potassium chloride, cottage cheese, alfalfa sprouts, sea salt, dried chicory root, DL methionine, taurine, vitamins (vitamin E supplement, ascorbic acid, betaine, niacin supplement, vitamin A supplement, thiamine mononitrate, calcium pantothenate, riboflavin supplement, beta carotene, vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin D3 supplent, biotin, pyridoxine hydrychloride, folic acid), minerals (calcium carbonate, zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, calcium iodate), direct fed microbials (dried lactobacillus acidophillus fermentation product, dried lactobacillius casei fermentation product, dried enterococcus faecium fermentaion product), lecithin, rosemary extract
Guaranteed Analysis:
Crude protein (min): 38%, crude fat (min): 12%, crude fiber (max): 4%, moisture (max): 10%, linoleic acid (min): 2%, vitamin E (min): 300 IU/kg, taurine (min): 0.1%, DHA plus EPA (min): 0.1%, total microorganisms (min): 90,000,000 CFU/lb

2) Blue Buffalo Co, Wilderness
- Ingredients:
Deboned Chicken, Chicken Meal, Turkey Meal, Potato Starch, Fish Meal (source of Omega 3 Fatty Acids), Peas, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Flaxseed (source of Omega 3 and 6 Fatty Acids), Natural Chicken Flavor, Potatoes, Alfalfa Meal, Potato Protein, Whole Carrots, Whole Sweet Potatoes, Cranberries, Blueberries, Barley Grass, Dried Parsley, Dried Kelp, Taurine, Yucca Schidigera Extract, L-Carnitine, L-Lysine, Turmeric, Oil of Rosemary, Beta Carotene, Vitamin A Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Niacin (Vitamin B3), d-Calcium Pantothenate (Vitamin B5), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Biotin (Vitamin B7), Folic Acid (Vitamin B9), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Calcium Ascorbate (source of Vitamin C), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Choline Chloride, Sodium Selenite, Calcium Iodate, Salt, Caramel, Potassium Chloride, Dried Yeast (source of Saccharomyces cerevisiae), Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, Dried Bacillus subtilis fermentation product, Dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product
Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein 40.0% min
Crude Fat 18.0% min
Crude Fiber 3.5% max
Moisture 10.0% max
Magnesium 0.08% min
Taurine 0.15% min
Omega 3 Fatty Acids* 0.9% min
Omega 6 Fatty Acids* 3.5% min

3) Authority, Real Chicken, hairball/ weight management
-Ingredients: Chicken, Chicken Meal, Brewers Rice, Corn Protein Concentrate, Ground Corn, Dried Beet Pulp, Natural Flavor, Powdered Cellulose, Poultry Fat (Preserved with mixed Tocopherols), Dried Egg Product, Fructooligosaccharides, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, L-Ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate, Niacin, Vitamin A Supplement, Thiamin Mononitrate, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin D3 supplement, Riboflavin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Folic acid, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement), Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Minerals (Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite), Taurine, Mixed Tocopherols, L-Carnitine.
Guaranteed Analysis:
Crude Protein (not less than) 33.0%
Crude Fat (not less than) 8.0%
Crude Fat (not more than) 11.5%
Crude Fiber (not more than) 7.0%
Moisture (not more than) 10.0%
Ash (not more than) 6.5%
Calcium (not less than) 1.0%
Phosphorus (not less than) 0.9%
Magnesium (not more than) 0.11%
Zinc (not less than) 225 mg/kg
Selenium (not less than) 0.2 mg/kg
Vitamin A (not less than 25,000 IU/kg
Vitamin E (not less than) 250 IU/kg
Taurine (not less than) 0.15%
Omega-3 Fatty Acids (not less than) 2.0%*
Omega-6 Fatty Acids (not less than) 0.10%*
Carnitine (not less than) 100 mg/kg*

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Old 11-09-2012, 04:18 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Couple questions about Emily's current diet.

Assuming you feed an equal amount of each, the overall protein is 37%, which is a little on the high side but nothing to worry about at all, given that 30-35% is the range that's usually recommended. High protein isn't going to cause any problems unless the hedgehog in question has decreased function of the liver or kidneys already. I wouldn't recommend it for an elderly hog, but for a healthy adult or young one it's perfectly fine. The BB Wilderness on its own is high in fat, but the other two balance it out very well - the total is just under 13% fat, which is right within the recommended range. Innova and Blue Buffalo are considered top-tier food choices, and Authority is another good option, if not quite as good a brand, so overall it's a great combination of high-quality foods. It's also good that one of the foods (Innova) has a non-chicken meat source as the first ingredient - it's not necessary at all, but personally I like the idea of using at least one alternative protein source to add variety to a mix, and you have that covered as well.

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Old 11-09-2012, 04:37 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Default Re: Couple questions about Emily's current diet.

Thanks for the reply. And the lady at the place I got her from said Emily was six months old when I got her. And yes she gets a relatively equal part of each. I'm glad food choice works out because she seems to enjoy it. The store I got her from was just feeding her Sunseed Hedgehog food, and she all but ignored it a few days into having her new food introduced.

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