Help! Ferret acting funny and I am worried

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Help! Ferret acting funny and I am worried

Post by Elizabeth McKeema » Tue, 02 Mar 1999 04:00:00




Hello all!
  I have a problem and I can't seem to find the answer. My ferret, Mary
Jane, has suddenly started to not use her hind legs. She has been fine all
weekend, and then suddenly this morning she was pulling her self around by
her front paws. She has also started sleeping in an area that she never
slept in before. MJ is kinda active (more active than most ferrets, less
active than for herself).
She has in the past two months lost a little hair on her tail. We attributed
this to my roommate getting a new pet rat who now lives in the room next to
us. Mary Jane is hell on wheels (or "Satan in a *** Costume" as we called
her the first week we had her). My husband and I have had ferrets for well
over a decade _each_ and we have no idea what to do. I have an appointment
with the vet, but I am trying to find out any general idea of what could be
wrong. Her gums are pink, she does not seem to bee in pain, she doesn't
squeak when I examine her back legs. I have given her some laxative in case
she is blocked.
The thing that gets me is that Mary Jane is not much over a year old and
came from a reputable vet. This has totally come from left field. She is the
active ferret who does the most insane thing! Now she is in a pile of shirts
and napping (nap time for her is not normally for another hour).

Any idea would be a great help. Thank you so much!
Elizabeth McKeeman

P.S. Did anyone else see the Martha Stuart show that had bathing ferrets? It
was great (even if she did call them "rodents")

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Post by Yonak » Tue, 02 Mar 1999 04:00:00



Well you might want to check out some stuff about Adrenal tumors.  Try in the
Medical Faqs at
http://www.ferretcentral.org  Also see if she has a swollen vulva.   Good
luck
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Post by Meliss » Tue, 02 Mar 1999 04:00:00



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Some guesses:
-Adrenal tumor (usually seen in older ferrets but possible in younger ones
too.
-Incomplete spay job (more likely to show up around 6 months but still
possible)
-Hair loss from stress or blackheads, lethargy from Helicobacter or blockage

All should be looked into. Good luck.  DO take her to a very knowledgeable
ferret vet.  A *regular* one is likely to be much help and will probably
just send you home with ammoxy.

-Melissa


Quote:

> Hello all!
>   I have a problem and I can't seem to find the answer. My ferret, Mary
> Jane, has suddenly started to not use her hind legs. She has been fine all
> weekend, and then suddenly this morning she was pulling her self around by
> her front paws. She has also started sleeping in an area that she never
> slept in before. MJ is kinda active (more active than most ferrets, less
> active than for herself).
> She has in the past two months lost a little hair on her tail. We
attributed
> this to my roommate getting a new pet rat who now lives in the room next to
> us. Mary Jane is hell on wheels (or "Satan in a *** Costume" as we called
> her the first week we had her). My husband and I have had ferrets for well
> over a decade _each_ and we have no idea what to do. I have an appointment
> with the vet, but I am trying to find out any general idea of what could be
> wrong. Her gums are pink, she does not seem to bee in pain, she doesn't
> squeak when I examine her back legs. I have given her some laxative in case
> she is blocked.
> The thing that gets me is that Mary Jane is not much over a year old and
> came from a reputable vet. This has totally come from left field. She is
the
> active ferret who does the most insane thing! Now she is in a pile of
shirts
> and napping (nap time for her is not normally for another hour).

> Any idea would be a great help. Thank you so much!
> Elizabeth McKeeman

> P.S. Did anyone else see the Martha Stuart show that had bathing ferrets?
It
> was great (even if she did call them "rodents")

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Help! Ferret acting funny and I am worried

Post by Al~ » Tue, 02 Mar 1999 04:00:00



I wish I had an answer for you -- but unfortunately, i don't :(  sorry
and good luck.

Quote:

> Some guesses:
> -Adrenal tumor (usually seen in older ferrets but possible in younger ones
too.
> -Incomplete spay job (more likely to show up around 6 months but still
possible)
> -Hair loss from stress or blackheads, lethargy from Helicobacter or
blockage

> All should be looked into. Good luck.  DO take her to a very knowledgeable
> ferret vet.  A *regular* one is likely to be much help and will probably
> just send you home with ammoxy.

> -Melissa



> > Hello all!
> >   I have a problem and I can't seem to find the answer. My ferret, Mary
> > Jane, has suddenly started to not use her hind legs. She has been fine
all
> > weekend, and then suddenly this morning she was pulling her self around
by
> > her front paws. She has also started sleeping in an area that she never
> > slept in before. MJ is kinda active (more active than most ferrets, less
> > active than for herself).
> > She has in the past two months lost a little hair on her tail. We
attributed
> > this to my roommate getting a new pet rat who now lives in the room next
to
> > us. Mary Jane is hell on wheels (or "Satan in a *** Costume" as we
called
> > her the first week we had her). My husband and I have had ferrets for
well
> > over a decade _each_ and we have no idea what to do. I have an
appointment
> > with the vet, but I am trying to find out any general idea of what could
be
> > wrong. Her gums are pink, she does not seem to bee in pain, she doesn't
> > squeak when I examine her back legs. I have given her some laxative in
case
> > she is blocked.
> > The thing that gets me is that Mary Jane is not much over a year old and
> > came from a reputable vet. This has totally come from left field. She is
the
> > active ferret who does the most insane thing! Now she is in a pile of
shirts
> > and napping (nap time for her is not normally for another hour).

> > Any idea would be a great help. Thank you so much!
> > Elizabeth McKeeman

> > P.S. Did anyone else see the Martha Stuart show that had bathing ferrets?
It
> > was great (even if she did call them "rodents")

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Help! Ferret acting funny and I am worried

Post by Smacci » Tue, 02 Mar 1999 04:00:00



Hi Everyone. Long Time no post!! About 2 months ago Woobie had this problem.
It
turned out that he threw his back out. Cage rest for 2 weeks and Prednisone
helped alot. Hes back to his old self again!!

Quote:
>My ferret, Mary
>Jane, has suddenly started to not use her hind legs. She has been fine all
>weekend, and then suddenly this morning she was pulling her self around by
>her front paws. She has also started sleeping in an area that she never
>slept in before. MJ is kinda active (more active than most ferrets, less
>active than for herself).
>She has in the past two months lost a little hair on her tail. We attributed
>this to my roommate getting a new pet rat who now lives in the room next to
>us. Mary Jane is hell on wheels (or "Satan in a *** Costume" as we called
>her the first week we had her). My husband and I have had ferrets for well
>over a decade _each_ and we have no idea what to do. I have an appointment
>with the vet, but I am trying to find out any general idea of what could be
>wrong. Her gums are pink, she does not seem to bee in pain, she doesn't
>squeak when I examine her back legs. I have given her some laxative in case
>she is blocked.
>The thing that gets me is that Mary Jane is not much over a year old and
>came from a reputable vet. This has totally come from left field. She is the
>active ferret who does the most insane thing! Now she is in a pile of shirts
>and napping (nap time for her is not normally for another hour).

>Any idea would be a great help. Thank you so much!
>Elizabeth McKeeman

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Post by Zoo Cre » Tue, 02 Mar 1999 04:00:00



This sounds like it could be a back injury.  Especially since you've
mentioned numerous times about how she does the "most insane things."  I
keep waiting for this to happen to my guy Pogo, since he is also a fearless
and reckless little guy (nicknamed "The Demon Child.")  My book says that
this condition is most often diagnosed by a sudden onset of paralysis in the
hind legs.  If the vet finds nothing, let me know.  My book also mentions a
steroid therapy that sometimes improves the condition.
--
Best Wishes!

Heather Johnson and the Zoo Crew

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Post by Marina & Galli Branzon » Tue, 02 Mar 1999 04:00:00



Our ferret Nala has the same problem. It started 5 month ago. We spent over
$300 in vets visit and tests. It seems it could be some kind of nerve
degeneration disease. Nala is almost 4 years old. She goes around pulling
herself by her front paws. Her front legs are now very strong because of the
exercise. She can even climb the stairs! She is bright an alert and eats
normally. Nala has lost a little bit of fur on her tail, (like your ferret)
but the vet did not find any sign of adrenal disease. The only problem is
that she has become incontinent and we have to do a lot of cleanup after
her. If you discover any other information regarding this condition please
let us know. We would really appreciate it.

Marina

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>Hello all!
>  I have a problem and I can't seem to find the answer. My ferret, Mary

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Help! Ferret acting funny and I am worried

Post by Jason Paterso » Tue, 02 Mar 1999 04:00:00



Quote:

> Elizabeth McKeeman

> P.S. Did anyone else see the Martha Stuart show that had bathing ferrets?
It
> was great (even if she did call them "rodents")

actually it was this show that inspired the thought to get one! a few weeks
ago...lol
Alison

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