Message Number: YG3105 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Bruce Williams, DVM
Date: 2001-05-01 12:44:00 UTC
Subject: Re: Skippy, Bugsy and ECE

--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., Cherri <cherrisa@u...> wrote:
I came
> back to my bugsy having gone from 2 pounds to it feels like about a
> pound and he looks so sickly. Now he smacks alot and it looks like
> his eyeballs are going to be sucked into his head when he does it.

This sounds like a case of oral ulceration - this often follows
nausea, as nauseated ferrets often claw at their mouths and the end
results is ulcers on the roof of the mouth. Close inspection may
reveal these ulcers. Use of cimetidine has anecdotal success in
treating oral ulceration (I'm not sure why, but I never claimed to
know EVERYTHING). But do make sure you have the ulcers before trying
the medication.

> I am trying so hard and I'm just not seeing them get better. One
> they are acting like they are getting better and the next I feel
> I'm going to lose them. I'm scared that I'm not going to have the
> strength to do this for two months as some of you say. Gosh I'm
> having problems with two ferrets what do you do when you have eight?

Imagine running a rescue and having over a hundred and fifty? At
this point, you shouldn't let the stress get you down, nor should you
agonize over every upturn or downturn in thwir progress. REcovery
takes a while, and animals tend to vacillate with their symptoms.
> Any more advice is greatly appreciated. I do go to the vet on Wed
> morning and am getting some Science Diet to hopefully try and get
> some weight back on them.

What are you feeding them right now? If you are still feeding
kibble, it may be why they are not progressing as you would expect.

With kindest regards,

Bruce H. Williams, DVM, DACVP
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