Message Number: YG336 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Michael Janke
Date: 2001-02-27 19:33:00 UTC
Subject: RE: Teeth Grinding

>From: "Barbara Anshutz" <baoweasel@y...>
>Subject: Teeth Grinding
>I have a 2 year old female, She is very tired most of the time. I
>have found vomit on her hammock in the morning and she is grinding her
>teeth. Lastnight she was tired and did not eat or play, this morning
>is was just the opposite. She was playing and eating. She also seems
>weak. I just addopted her Sunday and I have no idea how long she has
>had these symptoms.

Talk to the people you got her from and find out if they can offer any
insight. The next step is get into a ferret knowledgeable vet. Actually,
the first step should be to get her into a vet. Teeth grinding is a sign of
nausea or gastric pain and could be caused by any number of things. The
lethargy and weakness is not good, and vomiting is generally not something
ferrets do unless there's something serious going on.

I would want to investigate the possibility of a blockage, gastric ulcers
(any tarry poop?), low blood glucose, etc. A foreign body that is too large
to pass out of the stomach can move around and not necessarily cause a total
blockage. The symptoms are really pretty general so these are just

For the ferrets,

* Michael F. Janke, mjanke@m...
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