From: Larry McFarlane
Date: 2001-02-25 20:07:00 UTC
Good evening group.
Have a question, hope you can help.
A week ago today my little Suzy acted like she was limping.
She'd been accidentally 'almost stepped' on by my husband a
week and a half before, but he'd caught her right shoulder,
this is in her right hind leg. I thought perhaps it was
because she likes to climb so much that maybe she'd fallen and
hurt herself. We watched her for a couple of days and it
didn't quit. I don't think what I'm going to describe stems
Wednesday I took her into the vet clinic and her normal vet
saw her. She thought perhaps Suzy had torn a tendon-her right
hock seemed 'dropped' but she asked if it would be all right
to have one of the ortho vets look at her. I agreed and she
went in Wednesday evening to see the ortho people.
This vet examined her thoroughly, even laid down on the floor
to watch her walk. I don't think even I get that thorough of
an exam when I have a problem! After examining her I asked
him what he thought, and he said he had two things running
through his mind, but asked that I bring her in Monday
(tomorrow) for x-rays before he said anything. So she's going
in tomorrow. He thanked me for bringing her in-said they
didn't get to see many lame ferrets. He also said it seemed
like both back legs are affected, the right possible more than
Now my question is-has anyone had anything like this happen to
their ferrets? I got a little worried with his remark "We
don't see many lame ferrets"! Sort of the bells and alarms
going off, you know? I want to make sure she's given the best
treatment, but also don't want any unnecessary surgery being
done. If anyone can give me a hint of this, or what to
expect, I'd truly appreciate it. Dr. Williams-if you see this
and can help, please do.
A silly question in the back of my mind-are ferrets 'looser'
in the hind end from when they were hunters, and the vet
doesn't realize it?
Thanks-I'll be checking the e-mail off and on this evening,
and early in the morning.
Rebecca & the Crew of Merry Mayhem
"Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, for thou art
crunchy, and taste good with ketchup"