Message Number: YG1432 | New FHL Archives Search
From: steve austin
Date: 2001-03-19 00:27:00 UTC
Subject: Re: [Ferret-Health-list] Tooth poking lip

Michelle wrote:
"There is a ferret in a pet store near me whose lower fang is growing
outward and poking into his upper lip. I have spoken to four
different people from the store (including the store manager) during
the past month and they have yet to bring him to the vet. I am
thinking of asking to purchase him at a discount to get him out of
there but I had some questions first. Do I need to be concerned of
any other health problems caused by his tooth poking a hole in his... "

I took in a ferret that had a similar problem, seemed his bottom jaw was
a tiny bit crooked, he was older and a grove was worn into the upper lip
and the tooth fit there nicely. He was not in pain, and eating well, in
his case no need to do anything. I would say if the ferret is a kit,
while the tooth is still growing it may be uncomfortable, and if it
causes bleeding, or pain while eating then it would need a vet to see.
However, if the ferret is growing, eating and active- no need to worry.
Sometimes we have to allow others to use their judgement on how is best
to care for their animal, even if it is different from what we would have

Of course, if you do get this ferret, I know by your concern, he would be
the luckiest ferret in the world :)

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