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From: Mike Janke
Date: 2001-04-24 09:02:00 UTC
Subject: Re: vocal ferret

I can tell you that Beasley makes similar noises. He squeaks and
grunts and makes other assorted noises, something he never did in his
younger and healthier days. He also makes these noises when using
the litter box, but I have not be able to attribute any of it to
pain. He does not strain to urinate or poop and both are normal.
Like you, I've palpated his belly (carefully!) with no reaction and
he's at the vet once a month for Lupron and a general checkup. I've
attributed much of this to his overweight and have no other answer
for it.


--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., "Glenn Johnson" <johno@c...> wrote:
> Friends of the Ferret,
> Can older ferrets become vocal without it meaning pain? My Chuki,
almost eight, and with insulinoma, adrenal disease and enlarged heart
(not to mentioned a serious battle with ECE just a few months ago)
now frequently makes groaning sounds. Sometimes in his sleep, often
when defecating. I believe he's in pain, but yet I can palpitate his
abdomen, curl him up in ball, stretch him out, whatever, with no sign
of discomfort from him. He's as likely to sleep stretched out on his
back, as he is curled up. His appetite is excellent, his stools range
from a blob to fairly well formed, with good color and little sign of
malabsorption......probably not too bad after a bad case of ECE. He's
out and poking around at least 5 times a day, usually about a half
hour each time and never makes a sound while he's running around. He
was also the vocal kit I've ever seen, he used to scold me so loudly
it could be heard all over the house....but it stopped when he was
about 4 months old.
> Anyone had similar experiences?
> Glenn and Chuki