Message Number: YG1950 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Bruce Williams, DVM
Date: 2001-04-01 00:14:00 UTC
Subject: Re: sick ferret?

--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., bama1803@y... wrote:
> I have a female MF ferret that is about 1 1/2 years old that is
> acting strangely tonight. She's normally very active, but tonight
> she doesn't offer to get down when I hold her. She eagerly ate
> Gerber chicken baby food and her Ferrovite, but she's just not
> like her chipper self. She has no vomiting, coughing, diarrhea or
> any other symptoms that I've noticed. I'm not aware of any
> or anything out of the ordinary. Does anyone have any idea what
> might be going on with her? Since she ate well, I'm hesitant to
> her to the emergency clinic which is over an hour from me. The
> time I've been there, I wasn't impressed with the vet. He openly
> admitted that he doesn't know a whole lot about ferrets. I'd
> appreciate any help or insight. Thanks!

Dear Rhea:

With a good appetite, and no vomiting, coughing, diarrhea, etc. it
would take a member of the "psychic vets network" to give valide
insight on this one.

However, as I often say, you are the best judge of your ferrets
behavior - if something is off in your eye, it is probably valid.
Let's take the absence of any definitive signs simply as a suggestion
that whatever it is is not life-threatening at this point, and watch
closely over the next few days. I don't think a trip to the
emergency clinic would be required at this point.

With kindest regards,

Bruce H. Williams, DVM, DACVP
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