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From: The Nelsons
Date: 2001-04-04 02:06:52 UTC
Subject: Re: could this be neurological?

I know this probably won't apply, but I also have raised guinea pigs for
years and they have many health issues too. When they are tilting their
head to one side, it can mean that something is wrong with the inner ear.
There is also a disease called wry neck for them, but wouldn't apply to
ferrets. Has the ferret been checked for ear mites, or is there something
lodged in the inner ear that maybe the naked eye cannot see?

Just a thought-

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From: "Bruce Williams, DVM" <williams@e...>

--- 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?

Unfortunately, this is an amalgam of symptoms which do not have a
clear thread. I think that we need to see the result of any
bloodwork to see if anything points to one system or another. Head
tilts occasionally suggest neurologic conditions, but they are
usually consistent. Ferrets do not develop strokes - this is a
common fallacy.