Help, another ferret dying of cancer???

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Help, another ferret dying of cancer???

Post by howar » Fri, 06 Apr 2001 23:19:48



My sister lost her first ferret to cancer, I lost my first ferret, Charley,
to adrenal cancer just a couple of months ago.  Now, Buddy, over the past
few days lost a lot of weight and became very lazy.  My wife picked him up
to play with him and he was limp.  He could barely hold his head up and was
dragging his hind legs.  We rushed him to the vet who gave him cortizone,
which picked him up.  He still did not eat overnight for the vet.  He says
the symptoms point to pancreatic cancer.  He is going to try and take ***
to do a glucose check and an x-ray, but I am trying to rule out other
things.

My sister's current ferret almost died from what turned out to be a hairball
that did not show up on an ultrasound.  I am hoping he may have ingested
something, although the vet does not feel anything in the abdomen.

Buddy is passing stool normally.  Can a ferret get a reaction to ingesting
something like fiberglass wrapping around a dishwasher?  We let them run
around in our kitchen and they get behind there and under the fridge.  The
symptoms only appeared in the last couple of days, and he had no troubles
prior to letting them run around our kitchen once we got him Mimi, his new
playmate.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated in assisting me, because my
wife is still not over Charley.

Thanks...


 
 
 

Help, another ferret dying of cancer???

Post by Meliss » Sat, 07 Apr 2001 01:49:59


<sigh> Lots of possibilities..... It's very important to have a very
good ferret vet right now. Sounds like you may but be sure. Some
possibilities:

-Ulcers from the stress of losing Charley. Very common in ferrets who
lose a cagemate. Needs immediate treatment and can take over two months
to bounce back. A new playmate could cause the ulcers too if he was
still mourning Charley. See http://www.moonsgarden.com/  Read the
medical FAQ on Helicobacter.

-New playmate may have been a carrier of any number of things -even if
she looks perfectly fine. Parasites, ECE... you can read about these at
Ferret Central as well.

-Fiberglass...Not a good thing to ingest if he did!

-Partial blockage from something else in the kitchen is possible too. a
partial blockage might still allow stools to flow.

-Poisoning...

It could be other things as well but the important thing right now is to
have a vet who really knows about ferrets so your ferret can get a
proper diagnosis and the right treatment asap. By the way, if your
ferret is not eating for any of the reasons listed above, he could have
a temporary low *** sugar reading from that (as opposed to it being
from a cancer)

One more thing.. under the fridge can be very very dangerous for ferrets
for a number of reasons (poison, electrical stuff, fan that could start
up suddenly with your ferret right there). If you can't find a way to
block that off, you might want to restrict them to rooms other than the
kitchen.

Hope your vet is able to help him and find out what's wrong.

-Melissa

Quote:

> My sister lost her first ferret to cancer, I lost my first ferret,
> Charley,
> to adrenal cancer just a couple of months ago.  Now, Buddy, over the past
> few days lost a lot of weight and became very lazy.  My wife picked him
> up
> to play with him and he was limp.  He could barely hold his head up and
> was
> dragging his hind legs.  We rushed him to the vet who gave him cortizone,
> which picked him up.  He still did not eat overnight for the vet.  He
> says
> the symptoms point to pancreatic cancer.  He is going to try and take
> ***
> to do a glucose check and an x-ray, but I am trying to rule out other
> things.

> My sister's current ferret almost died from what turned out to be a
> hairball
> that did not show up on an ultrasound.  I am hoping he may have ingested
> something, although the vet does not feel anything in the abdomen.

> Buddy is passing stool normally.  Can a ferret get a reaction to
> ingesting
> something like fiberglass wrapping around a dishwasher?  We let them run
> around in our kitchen and they get behind there and under the fridge.  
> The
> symptoms only appeared in the last couple of days, and he had no troubles
> prior to letting them run around our kitchen once we got him Mimi, his
> new
> playmate.

> Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated in assisting me, because my
> wife is still not over Charley.

> Thanks...



 
 
 

Help, another ferret dying of cancer???

Post by howar » Sat, 07 Apr 2001 02:48:56


Melissa,

  This is much appreciated.  The things you listed could definitely be a
cause.  I will check further with the vet and see if we should have the new
playmate checked out too.  With all that I have seen happen to ferrets, I
don't feel confident without knowing the real cause.

What worries me though is the symptoms of dragging the rear end.  The vet
thought he would just be limp and lay there, but maybe the lack of food has
caused this.


Quote:
> <sigh> Lots of possibilities..... It's very important to have a very
> good ferret vet right now. Sounds like you may but be sure. Some
> possibilities:

> -Ulcers from the stress of losing Charley. Very common in ferrets who
> lose a cagemate. Needs immediate treatment and can take over two months
> to bounce back. A new playmate could cause the ulcers too if he was
> still mourning Charley. See http://www.moonsgarden.com/  Read the
> medical FAQ on Helicobacter.

> -New playmate may have been a carrier of any number of things -even if
> she looks perfectly fine. Parasites, ECE... you can read about these at
> Ferret Central as well.

> -Fiberglass...Not a good thing to ingest if he did!

> -Partial blockage from something else in the kitchen is possible too. a
> partial blockage might still allow stools to flow.

> -Poisoning...

> It could be other things as well but the important thing right now is to
> have a vet who really knows about ferrets so your ferret can get a
> proper diagnosis and the right treatment asap. By the way, if your
> ferret is not eating for any of the reasons listed above, he could have
> a temporary low *** sugar reading from that (as opposed to it being
> from a cancer)

> One more thing.. under the fridge can be very very dangerous for ferrets
> for a number of reasons (poison, electrical stuff, fan that could start
> up suddenly with your ferret right there). If you can't find a way to
> block that off, you might want to restrict them to rooms other than the
> kitchen.

> Hope your vet is able to help him and find out what's wrong.

> -Melissa


> > My sister lost her first ferret to cancer, I lost my first ferret,
> > Charley,
> > to adrenal cancer just a couple of months ago.  Now, Buddy, over the
past
> > few days lost a lot of weight and became very lazy.  My wife picked him
> > up
> > to play with him and he was limp.  He could barely hold his head up and
> > was
> > dragging his hind legs.  We rushed him to the vet who gave him
cortizone,
> > which picked him up.  He still did not eat overnight for the vet.  He
> > says
> > the symptoms point to pancreatic cancer.  He is going to try and take
> > ***
> > to do a glucose check and an x-ray, but I am trying to rule out other
> > things.

> > My sister's current ferret almost died from what turned out to be a
> > hairball
> > that did not show up on an ultrasound.  I am hoping he may have ingested
> > something, although the vet does not feel anything in the abdomen.

> > Buddy is passing stool normally.  Can a ferret get a reaction to
> > ingesting
> > something like fiberglass wrapping around a dishwasher?  We let them run
> > around in our kitchen and they get behind there and under the fridge.
> > The
> > symptoms only appeared in the last couple of days, and he had no
troubles
> > prior to letting them run around our kitchen once we got him Mimi, his
> > new
> > playmate.

> > Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated in assisting me, because my
> > wife is still not over Charley.

> > Thanks...