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From: Lisa Andersen
Date: 2001-05-10 19:37:00 UTC
Subject: [Ferret-Health-list] Ferret is Zoning...

I am not a vet, but an owner of a 4year old boy ferret
'Ernie', he started with the same symptoms. Please I beg you
get some professional vet help, seek out a veternarian that
deals alot with ferrets. My 'Ernie' has been through just
about ever test possible to diagnose these symptoms, we have
ruled out the minor problems and I thought he may have
Insulinoma as well but he was fasted and a glucose blood
sample was taken and this was ruled out. We have now changed
his diet to a high protein diet, he is on Pred every second
day to get his energy levels up and is also on an antibiotic
in the event that there may be a parisite in the brain area
that needs to be deleted. So far he is going really really
well on this formular, however we still await results to see
if he may have some lead in his blood (which is common in old
homes that are being renovated).

Our little bloke was once a very hyperactive ferret and now we
are scared to let him run for too long, as in some cases he
would not come back when called and I would find him under a
bed, behind a couch somewhere dark and having a severe

If all the minor tests continue to show up neagtive we may
have to carry out a MRI (catscan) to see if there is anything
such a tumor, diseases, parisites, error in the nervous
system. If all the tests show up as being negative it is
likely that he may have an 'acquired epolepsy' which wouldn't
be nice and medication is considerably high.

Good luck with your little angel.

Kind regards, Lisa
-----Original Message-----
From: Julie Reinbold []
Sent: Friday, 11 May 2001 4:27 AM

I have a ferret who is about 5 years old. She has always
been VERY active, to the point of hyperactive. She was
always busy running around exploring and playing, and would
NEVER slow down.

Recently, I've noticed some really strange behavior. Most of
the time, she's zooming around like normal, but now and
then, she'll slow down. I mean, really slow down. It's as if
she's zoning out and staring into space. She'll flatten a
bit and lower her head. Sometimes it's accompanied by a
'flopsy-mopsy' type of movement, as if drugged. If you move
or call her, she usually snaps out of it, and acts normally
for a while, but usually this happens in groups of episodes.
If you pick her up, she will lay in your arms for much
longer than seems normal for her.

This isn't all of the time, just now and then, but enough to
start concerning me. It's not like her at all. I worry about
Insulinoma, could this be? I took her to the vet and he
didn't seem concerned, but I'm not so sure how much he
really knows about ferrets.

Any help is appreciated!

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