Message Number: YG2533 | New FHL Archives Search
Date: 2001-04-13 16:45:00 UTC
Subject: Re HELP was Re: [Ferret-Health-list] Digest Number 127

In a message dated 04/13/01 7:29:40 AM Eastern Daylight Time, writes:

<< our 6.25 year old female ferret stopped eating several days ago, her
feces is tar like and under examination contains blood, she has lost
25% of her body weight. she can hardly walk.

she has zero appetite, weare force feeding her a solution of nutrical
disolved in water. she is being given .25 ml of antibiotics, and
today we put her on prednizone.

what are we to do. i have two ferrets now, and we had another that
past away at age 6.5 yrs. has anyone seen a ferret that has lived
past 7 yrs????

This sounds to me very suspicious of bleeding gastric ulcers. She needs to
be treated for that, which includes antibiotics and stomach protectants
(Carafate - Pepto Bismol until you can get some Carafate), and supportive
care (fluid support and food! - try baby food, Hills a/d). You might want to
get her rechecked, and be taught how to give fluids, etc, if you don't
already know how to.

As far as age - I have treated several over ten and one little guy that made
it to twelve, so turning six or seven definitely doesn't mean death is
inevitably soon. Hope your little one does okay.

Dr. Ruth
Save lives - spay or neuter your pet.