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From: Dr. Bruce Williams
Date: 2001-02-26 03:54:00 UTC
Subject: Re: limp ferret

Got to agree with the prevailing thread -

In the absence of any other signs which might indicate a neurologic
condition such as insulinoma, sound sleeping is the best
explanation. We get it at our house, too.

My observation is that kits are most commonly afflicated with
extreemly sound sleep, likely because they tend to really burn
themselves out with activity. It becomes less common with older
ferrets - while older ferrets generally tend to sleep more, they
rarely have this sound sleep, in my experience.

With kindest regards,

Bruce Williams, dVM
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--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., MC <mustangcharlie@i...> wrote:
> Sounds like you have been introduced to DFS. Dead Ferret Syndrome.
> Most of us get 'bit' by it once or twice...scares hell out of all
of us! These little monsters can sure sleep soundly! And Zoe being
deaf only only allowed her to sleep more soundly!
> MC
> Alexis & Jason Thonen wrote:
> > last night, I went to pick zoe up from the cage, and when I got
her, she was
> > completely limp. I shook her lightly with no response. I placed
her on the
> > floor where she just lay there. I tried to stand her up and it
was like she
> > was dead. she had no muscle response at all, normally a sleeping
> > will stretch or something. <<< SNIP >>>