Message Number: YG234 | New FHL Archives Search
Date: 2001-02-26 03:30:00 UTC
Subject: Sudden death in ferrets

Dear Susan:

I am sorry for your loss - I well know that heartbreaking feeling.

There are a number of possibilities for sudden death in a 2-year-old ferret,
even one that is apparently healthy. In such cases, listing the most likely
causes serves little to no purpose - the only way to be definitive, and to
possibly prevent a similar situation in the future, is to have a necropsy
done by your veterinarian, with tissues sent off to a pathologist who is
familiar with ferret diseases. In many cases, provided a full atopsy is
performed, a diagnosis can be readily reached.

While I wish that I could give you an answer at this time, determining the
cause of death requires investigation, rather than just supposition.

With kindest regards,

Bruce Williams, dVM
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-----Original Message-----

Dr.Williams,My ferret just died all of a sudden,and we dont know why?She
seemed to be healthy.The night before she died I played with her,fed her,and

watered her. Then the next day i found her,she was all curled up with her
tongue sticking out. why would a 2 yr.old ferret pass away that appeared to
be healthy,and full of life? Its heart breaking! Please e-mail me, I need
your opinion. Thank you, Susan