Message Number: YG3180 | New FHL Archives Search
Date: 2001-05-03 06:23:00 UTC
Subject: heat source after surgery

I was wondering what the vets out there use as heat sources for
ferrets immediately after surgery.

My ferret had surgery and was put on a standard 'human' heating pad.
He was severely burned and ended up having to have a second surgery
to reconstruct the deeply burned holes in his skin. It was
absolutley awful and he behaved so well through the whole ordeal.
There's no doubt in my mind that a human with the same degree of
burning on the same percentage of their body would have been
complaining with agony. It also crossed my mind that he could have
suffered heat exhaustion while on the pad. (The pad was on the low

Is there a better alternative to a standard heating pad? Or should
the pad be cycled on/off? Any input would be appreciated.