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From: FurTulsa
Date: 2001-04-10 19:33:00 UTC
Subject: [Ferret-Health-list] Re: Undiagnosed Hind leg

I would just like to interject here and mention (confess)
that *I* am the "mysterious source" who helped her identify
the kits age, gave her the mush recipe and advice etc....
I also had some serious issues when she told me this vet
wanted to sedate the kit just to do an exam and xrays!!!
I hope all goes well!!!
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Tuesday, April 10, 2001 6:42 PM

--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., cheekey18@h... wrote:
> Hi,
> I bought a kit from a large pet store. It seemed very
> it looked kind of small, the employee could not give me an
> When I took the ferret home I noted hind leg weakness. It
> attempt to walk but fall to one side and wobbled. Thru
research of
> its teeth size I found out the ferret was aprox, 5-6 weeks
old. I
> notified the pet store of its weakness and age of ferret
and let
> know of my concern. I was advised to feed the ferret a
formula of
> high protein and made a "super mush" in efforts that if it
had a
> weakness caused by not being appropriately weaned and or
> malnourishment it would improve its overall health. I
bought the
> ferret wed. by fri, I had him in a vets office. He was
not able to
> give a exact cause for the weakness but said the the high
> mush surely could not hurt and to wait 2 weeks, to see if
> improved. He also said otherwise he seemed totally
healthy. Its now
> weeks and he has doubled in size but the leg weakness
> Anatomically he looks sound, he does attempt to walk on
both hind
> legs but he ends up dragging himself, especially if he
wants to
> Doc suggests sedation and x-rays. But I'm not sure if I
should do
> this, the vet doesn't know if he will find the answer.
Help! Has
> anyone else experienced this kind of weakness. He does
> in both hind limbs and his pelvis seems intact, hips equal
in size
> and has good ROM. Vets last words to me "you just may not
have the
> fastest ferret on the block." Any help will truley be

with all the cynicism AND sincerity i can muster: egads,
man - get
to a new vet NOW NOW NOW!!!!!!!!! this one is obviously
and possibly uneducated in ferret care. unfortunately hind
weakness can be a sign of a myriad of troubles...only an
ferret vet will be able to help you. get into the phone
contact your local (and even not so local) shelters, etc.
etc. etc.
and get that critter into competent care!! meanwhile, don't
and keep the faith...good to see you working so hard!!

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