Unsaturated Fats: Deficiency of unsaturated fat for example in the diet can result
in the animal suffering dry hair plus hair loss and redness of the skin leading to
skin lesions. Essential unsaturated fats can be ensured for either dog or fox by
the addition of a teaspoonful of a good vegetable oil on a daily basis. Sunflower
seed is said to be the best.
Vitamin B12 should be included in the diet at least twice a week and fresh liver
provides a good source of this.
The two vitamins that seemed to crop up within our research was Vitamin A & D. To
counteract an A & D deficiency a product obtainable from most pet shops called ‘Stress
powder’ can be sprinkled onto the food each day providing both A & D vitamins along
with calcium and phosphorus.
Another powder, again obtainable from pet shops is SA37 a good all round vitamin
and mineral supplement. Alternatively putting out Marmite sandwiches will prove to
be a great source of essential vitamins.
With foxes it’s also possible that even where a good diet is either gained by the
fox or provided for it the fox may still suffer from mange. This could be due in
part to the fox needing to be wormed since all the goodness will be lost to the intestinal
parasites. A good all round wormer obtainable from most vets is Drontal Plus. Finally
to replace the traditional jam sandwich with honey would certainly provide the fox
with a better nutritional food source.
We are going to blood test now specifically for vitamin deficiencies and an update
on this research will follow.
Thank you to all for kind donations enabling this research to be undertaken.
The National Fox Welfare Society continues to lead the way forward in eliminating
Sarcoptic Mange in foxes across the country. In 1997 the Society sent out in excess
of Two thousand pounds worth of treatment free of charge. This treatment helped no
fewer than 400 foxes suffering from this dreadful condition.
Ascot, one of our previous resident foxes, explaining just how good Arsenicum and
Sulphur really is...
In 1999 the Society sent out in excess of £12,440 worth of treatment free of charge.
This treatment helped no fewer than 2488 foxes suffering from this dreadful condition.
In addition to the mange treatment the Society also co-ordinates fox rescues all
across the country and in the busy months can expect to deal with approximately 150
- 200 rescues per month.
What makes the Society unique is the knowledge that no one person is paid, all the
work is completely voluntary and our ‘phone is manned 24 hours a day, seven days
a week. With this in mind we can assure all donors that their donation is being used
to help the animal it was meant for; how many others can make this guarantee?
Mange is a terrible condition that untreated will see the death of the infected fox.
We believe that if a condition can be treated then it should be, regardless of whether
the householder is unwilling, or unable to pay for the treatment.
One can only imagine how unpleasant this condition must be for the fox. In bad cases
a fox can have over a million mites under the skin causing severe irritation. Your
donation, however small, can and will make all the difference. We ask once more,
you scratch our backs and we will take the itch out of theirs.
For those feeding foxes we suggest the food is now supplemented with extra vitamins
and minerals. This is very easy to do.