Message Number: YG2753 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Sukie Crandall
Date: 2001-04-19 17:19:00 UTC
Subject: Re: ECE Continuation

Cherri, you might want to see about hiring a vet tech to come over
two or three times a day in ADDITION or boarding them with vet while
you are away, and be ABSOLUTELY SURE to leave a "permission to treat"
letter with your vet for while you are gone! When we had ECE here
they went up and down for about 3 months and we'd have some times
when we just HAD to got the vet on an emergency basis for rehydration
and other problems that can't wait.

We'd escaped having it for many years and really didn't have any feel
at all for the level of care and rapid response needed till we went
through it ourselves.

>Ok it's been about a week and 1/2 it's thursday morning about 4:10am
>and I just got finished feeding Skippy. Yesterday I've noticed that
>Bugsy is now not eating or drinking. I thought they were supposed to
>started getting better?...

> Aslo Skippy
>will only drink water out of the bath tub unless I force it down her...

Take a pan of water and let her warm lap water from your hand,
gradually lower your hand into the water till she is lapping from
your palm or fingers that are partly under water -- so much more
efficient. (Thanks for that one, Bruce!)

Do NOT underestimate the value of singing to a ferret to get it to
eat. It very, very often works. So does finger feeding very often.

If there is no insulinoma you can flavor some water with Nutrical
(which can be bought from vet or various supply places including The
Ferret Store (Mentioning them because they send things FAST and they
have a webpage.). Nutrical doesn't really dissolve but if you mush
in with two forks in wamr water you'll get a "broth" that many enjoy.

>I'm at a loss and I have no idea what to do. How long will I only
>get a few hours of sleep a night and what do I do when I have to go
>away for 3 1/2 days when my boyfriend can only feed them 4 times a
>day next week.
>Thank you all for responding to me I really appreciate it.