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From: Tonya
Date: 2001-04-17 10:31:00 UTC
Subject: Re: Need Help

Thanks for responding so quickly. Tweeter has improved. He has been
eating the Gerber Chicken and has been drinking water out of a
syringe. His poop looks better everytime he uses the bathroom.
Tweeter flew with me in the cabin. (I wouldn't fly with him in cargo)
It was a rough flight, we went through some bad weather, so he
probably got a lil stressed. Also, he has not had any contact with
another ferret since last summer. He has been more playful also.
I am not sure if the vets in my area are experienced in ferrets. I
gave him all the details and what I have been doing to treat Tweeter
and he said to just keep doing that, if there is a change bring him
back. My dad scruffed (he said you can tell if they are dehydrated
that way) and said that his skin laid back down. Maybe you can fill
me in on that on. Thanks again.
P.S. I didn't think he missed my husband either. LOL!!


--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., "Bruce Williams, DVM" <williams@e...>
> --- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., phillip_tonya2000@y... wrote:
> > Hi. My name is Tonya and my ferret is Tweeter. He is almost a
> year
> > old. This is my problem. I flew from WA to SC over the weekend.

> > Tweeter has flew before but this time he didn't handle it well at
> > all.
> > His poops are bright green and I can't get him to drink any water.
> > He
> > will eat as long as I give it too him by hand. The vet couldn't
> work
> > me in today so I am taking him 1st thing in the morning but I am
> > worried about my lil guy. He has never done this before. Could
> > be
> > stress? My mom said that he might miss my husband, could that be
> it?
> I wuld imagine that the stress of flying is probably more likely the
> cause of the loose stools than missing your husband (no offense to
> your husband).
> You didn't mention whether he flew in the cabin or in cargo.
> bit of information that would be helpful is whether he came in
> contact with any other ferrets either before leaving or since
> arriving in SC.
> At this point, I would probably advise to get at least some SQ
> at the vets tomorrow, to offset his likely dehydration at this
> You can also try to get soem fluids into him tonight. Water from
> your hand may be accepted as well as hand fed food. Water from a
> dropper or water from a syringe may also be used - any that you can
> get in will be helpful. You may want to check out my site at
> for help on feeding the ill ferret - but
> don't depend on it alone - go see your vet in the morning.
> With kindest regards,
> Bruce Williams, dVM