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Sick Ferret

Post by n.. » Mon, 11 May 1998 04:00:00



I am writing on my brothers behalf. It seems one of his 3 ferrets has
become mildly ill. She was fine yesterday but last night appeared
lethargic and was sitting in the corner of her cage with her nose in
the corner. She is by nature a small ferret. They took her to an
emergency vet last night (who knows nothing about *** animals and
told them so) He prescribed amoxicillin just in case it's a bacterial
something. She had one loose stool last night while at the vets and
none since. She is drinking fine but doesn't appear to be eating. She
has bright and shiny eyes and is still somewhat active though not her
usual self. He is currently calling a vet that he knows specializes in
ferrets but shes about a 3 hr drive from his location. Any one have
hints or suggestions. She has been placed in the carrier away from the
other 2 who are fine. She is also being cuddled lots and making sure
she is warm but not too warm.

 
 
 

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Post by n.. » Mon, 11 May 1998 04:00:00


I forgot to add that she seems to have some sort of quick shiver or
muscle spasm that comes and goes quickly toward the hind end of her
body.

Quote:
>I am writing on my brothers behalf. It seems one of his 3 ferrets has
>become mildly ill. She was fine yesterday but last night appeared
>lethargic and was sitting in the corner of her cage with her nose in
>the corner. She is by nature a small ferret. They took her to an
>emergency vet last night (who knows nothing about *** animals and
>told them so) He prescribed amoxicillin just in case it's a bacterial
>something. She had one loose stool last night while at the vets and
>none since. She is drinking fine but doesn't appear to be eating. She
>has bright and shiny eyes and is still somewhat active though not her
>usual self. He is currently calling a vet that he knows specializes in
>ferrets but shes about a 3 hr drive from his location. Any one have
>hints or suggestions. She has been placed in the carrier away from the
>other 2 who are fine. She is also being cuddled lots and making sure
>she is warm but not too warm.

 
 
 

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Post by Stri » Mon, 11 May 1998 04:00:00



Quote:

>I am writing on my brothers behalf. It seems one of his 3 ferrets has
>become mildly ill. She was fine yesterday but last night appeared
>lethargic and was sitting in the corner of her cage with her nose in
>the corner. She is by nature a small ferret. They took her to an
>emergency vet last night (who knows nothing about *** animals and
>told them so)(snip)
>She has been placed in the carrier away from the
>other 2 who are fine. She is also being cuddled lots and making sure
>she is warm but not too warm.

just get her to a ferret knowlegable vet ASAP!!!

Kim (Tika,Ciani,Sierra,Nosferretu,Perseus,D'Artagnan and Majyck the APBT of
Love)

 
 
 

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Post by Matt and Sar » Mon, 11 May 1998 04:00:00


Not eating or pooping can be indicative of a pretty serious problem.  Is it
possible she could have eaten something to cause an obstruction?  ***,
plastic, foam, even cloth...Our *** friends have very high metabolisms,
which means what they eat doesn't last 'em very long.  Going even a day
without eating can make a fert quite sick.  Get her to a knowledgeable vet
ASAP and tell him everything you can think of.  The best of luck to all of
you!

-Sara, Matt, and the soon-to-be-eight?  (God help us.)

Quote:


>I forgot to add that she seems to have some sort of quick shiver or
>muscle spasm that comes and goes quickly toward the hind end of her
>body.

>>I am writing on my brothers behalf. It seems one of his 3 ferrets has
>>become mildly ill. She was fine yesterday but last night appeared
>>lethargic and was sitting in the corner of her cage with her nose in
>>the corner. She is by nature a small ferret. They took her to an
>>emergency vet last night (who knows nothing about *** animals and
>>told them so) He prescribed amoxicillin just in case it's a bacterial
>>something. She had one loose stool last night while at the vets and
>>none since. She is drinking fine but doesn't appear to be eating. She
>>has bright and shiny eyes and is still somewhat active though not her
>>usual self. He is currently calling a vet that he knows specializes in
>>ferrets but shes about a 3 hr drive from his location. Any one have
>>hints or suggestions. She has been placed in the carrier away from the
>>other 2 who are fine. She is also being cuddled lots and making sure
>>she is warm but not too warm.

 
 
 

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Post by Pooh » Mon, 11 May 1998 04:00:00


If she is already showing the symptoms, and if the problem is contagious,
then she would've already passed it on to the other ferrets.

It is good to keep her away from their food, and have a food and water
dish of her own though so you can monitor how much she is eating or
drinking.

But as been stated before, get to a Ferret knowledgable vet ASAP.

Robin & her band of merry mischief makers

Quote:

> I am writing on my brothers behalf. It seems one of his 3 ferrets has
> become mildly ill. She was fine yesterday but last night appeared
> lethargic and was sitting in the corner of her cage with her nose in
> the corner. She is by nature a small ferret. They took her to an
> emergency vet last night (who knows nothing about *** animals and
> told them so) He prescribed amoxicillin just in case it's a bacterial
> something. She had one loose stool last night while at the vets and
> none since. She is drinking fine but doesn't appear to be eating. She
> has bright and shiny eyes and is still somewhat active though not her
> usual self. He is currently calling a vet that he knows specializes in
> ferrets but shes about a 3 hr drive from his location. Any one have
> hints or suggestions. She has been placed in the carrier away from the
> other 2 who are fine. She is also being cuddled lots and making sure
> she is warm but not too warm.

 
 
 

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Post by Lee » Tue, 12 May 1998 04:00:00


:>When I was doing my internet veterinary research I remember seeing something
:>about weakness in the rear area, but I don't remember what it was.  Maybe
:>something adrenal.  Anyway, if anyone knows what it is I'd like to know just
:>for my personal knowledge.

Hind-end weakness can be a symptom accompnying many causes. It
doesn't point to any specific disease. Hind-end weakness indicates
that the animal is severely debilitated by any one of: dehydration,
malnutrition, anemia, central or peripheral nerve inflammation or
injury, pain--all of which be secondary to cancer, gastrointestinal
infection, ulcer, viral or bacterial infections, internal bleeding,
etc.

If you see hind-end weakness in your ferret, get it to a vet. This is
a serious symptom ... but again, it is not specific to any disease.

-- Lee, one of the Massachusetts Ferret Friends
   lmckee AT channel1 DOT com

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