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From: tansy
Date: 2001-04-18 16:47:00 UTC
Subject: RE: [Ferret-Health-list] Knuks update - ascites/ big belly

> Do ferrets come out of this sort of thing? Our vet is very cautious,
> saying she's not out of the woods, but he's obviously not giving up
> on her. Still, he seems to want to keep us from being too hopeful.
> If she makes it home, what kinds of things can we do to help her
> (bland diet? low exertion?)? She is 6.5 y.o. and has been through two
> bad vaccine reactions, which I think took a lot out of her. But she
> is very willful. Any suggestions?
> Thanks,
> Mary & the Fuzzies

Mary, All I can say is that after owning ferrets for 15 years their powers
to bounce back from the most horrific illnesses and injuries never cease to
amaze me, so don't give up hope. I would plan on feeding her a soft diet
based on baby food or A/D when she gets home. And plan on holding her and
feeding her. That touch of being held is very important to the little guys
when they don't feel good. They want to be coaxed and coddled, even if
normally they don't want to spend more than 5 seconds in your lap. Good