Message Number: YG321 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Rhea Fulmer
Date: 2001-02-27 14:09:00 UTC
Subject: Re: [Ferret-Health-list] For Dr. Bruce
Williams........please read and advise!

The more of the caring responses I read today, the
more I cry! All of you have been so caring,
sympathetic and understanding. This is hard, but
you're all helping so much! I hope I can return the
love some day when someone else needs it.


--- Lynda Galloway <galloway@m...> wrote:
> Oh Rhea, I am so sad for you. Sometimes no matter
> how good of a Mom you are an Accident happens. I
> read the FML this morning and could hear the panic
> in your writing.
> You know our thoughts and prayers are with you and
> yours and she will be waiting at Rainbow Bridge.
> Lynda
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: bama1803@y...
> To:
> Sent: Tuesday, February 27, 2001 12:05 AM
> Subject: [Ferret-Health-list] For Dr. Bruce
> Williams........please read and advise!
> Dr. Williams,
> My name is Rhea Fulmer, and I have spoken with you
> a couple of years
> ago by phone and via email regarding Squirt, my
> ferret who is no
> longer with us. I have a question now regarding
> Cocoa, a sable we
> lost tonight. Our door downstairs leading to the
> outside was
> apparently left wide open by our 5 yr. old
> neighor, and Cocoa got
> out. We searched for hours inside and out,
> finally finding her in
> the dryer vent, which she had gotten in from
> outside the house.
> Because it goes DOWN to the basement, she was
> trapped. We found her,
> but not until we had dried one load of clothes.
> When we got her out
> she began vomiting and had a few episodes of
> diarrhea that looked
> pink, as if it had some blood in it. She was
> alert otherwise, and
> had no other previous health problems. We took
> her to an emergency
> animal clinic that had told us that they treat
> ferrets. When we got
> there, the vet said he thought she had a little
> bit of heat stress,
> but that he was more concerned about her lungs and
> how they would
> react tomorrow after having breathed the lint, and
> that she was just
> a little dehydrated. He said that her lungs
> sounded clear at the
> time, but that he wanted to start an IV, give her
> dexamethasone, and
> a broad-spectrum antibiotic prophylactically, and
> keep her the
> night. I told him we wanted to stay until after
> he had the IV going
> so we could console her before we left. We were
> in the lobby only a
> short time before his assistant came to tell us
> that she had arrested
> and that he was trying to resuscitate her. She
> didn't make it. What
> happened? We asked if he had put a mask on her to
> settle her while
> he was starting the IV and he said he didn't
> because she wasn't
> fighting him. She was alert when he took her back
> to the treatment
> room. Was she just so stressed from the whole
> ordeal of the day that
> she couldn't take it? We're so upset! Now we
> wonder if we should
> have even taken her to begin with! Can you PLEASE
> shed some light on
> what you think may have happened to her? We
> highly respect your
> opinion, and appreciate any information you may
> give.
> Sincerely,
> Rhea Fulmer
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