From: Edward Lipinski
Date: 2001-03-23 19:10:00 UTC
Subject: Re:: General Geriatric Health Contribution
Just a quick observation and report.
Two older ferrets here at FNW Foundation both display a tail carrying
mode that is strikingly different from their tail carrying when they were
The tails on these two geriatric ferrets are carried in an upright and
recurved attitude instead of being carried horizontal, parallel to the
ground. To better visualize, the tip of the tail points directly at the
back of the head.
Both are silver mitt, spayed -$0.01'ed ferrets and are aged at 12 and 8
This unusual tail carrying attitude may be related to skeletal
degredation combined with changes in the musculature of the pelvic
muscles. And then, maybe not. Only God knows. And she's not talking.
iksnipiL drawdE @ FNW Foundation.
On Fri, 23 Mar 2001 17:24:13 -0500 "Michael Janke"
> > I have six ferets, the eldest being thirteen years old.
> Wow, that is amazing. One doesn't hear of many ferrets that get
> near that age. I can recall only one or two that had a ferret as
> old as 13,
> so you have a real good case of longevity there.
> Bob Church has written quite a bit of information on osteoporosis in
> and I wonder if that could be part of Elder Ferret's problem. Bob
> is on the
> road at the moment, I believe, but I'm sure he would be happy to
> comment on
> that aspect when he returns.
> Or perhaps I am misunderstanding what you're saying? Is it the
> actual spinal
> cord or the bones of the spine that is believed to be the problem?
> For the ferrets,
> * Michael Janke, mjanke@m...
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