Message Number: YG2147 | New FHL Archives Search
Date: 2001-04-03 18:41:00 UTC
Subject: Re: [Ferret-Health-list] Re: could this be neurological?

Hi - I am wondering if Zoey might have a serious ear infection or even an
abcess in the ear canal. The loss of balance, not limited to one side,
stumbling around, difficulty in focusing and tilting or trouble lifting her
head sounds like it might possibly be labrinthitis/vertigo - please ask your
vet about this possibility BTW, an xray straight down to top of head might
show if eustation tubes are blocked. Regards, Meg

<< -- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., NanPelati@a... wrote:
> I have a problem with my 5 year old female ferret, Zoey. She
> stumbles around to one side (not always the same side), unable to
stand up
> straight or focus on a task. Sometimes it is followed by vomiting,
> she has a small cough.
> Sometimes her head tilts to one side, too, and she can't lift it up
for an
> hour. Her blood sugar tested normal although it seems that when
she is given
> nutrical or karo syrup (for an emergency) she feels a bit better.
It takes a
> few hours for her to feel better and stand up straight - sometimes
she needs
> to be rushed in for fluids. She doesn't have all the symptoms for
> disease and although it appears like she's had a stroke during this
time -
> she has all use of her legs and other bodily functions. My vet has
> an MRI next but I don't like to anesthetize her. Has anyone ever
seen this? >>