Message Number: YG3564 | New FHL Archives Search
Date: 2001-05-14 20:44:00 UTC
Subject: RE: [Ferret-Health-list] New rescues and a couple of

Hi Guys,

I just adopted two rescues, a six month old chocholate sable
(Marlow) and a
two year old cinnamon (Circe). My wife and I are a little
worried about
Marlow, he seems to be in good health, very active, and
excellent appetite,
but his respirations are extremely high and labored
especially when he
sleeps. We clocked them around 100-115 per minute, with an
odd pop or
clicking noise every once in a while. My wife is an RN, so
she listened to
his lungs and heart with her stethescope and thought his
heart sounded ok
(no heart murmor) but there is a noise when he exhales.
Could this be a
respiratory infection? We are planning to take him to the
vet on Monday,
but I would still like to hear everyones thoughts on the
[TANSY] Like to hear what it turns out to be.
Another problem that arose involved the introduction to my
#1 son, Gizmo.
Because Giz has been an only child for most of his life I
thought there
might be problems and there were. Everything was fine until
Gizmo decided
to dominate Circe. After about five minutes of him chewing
on her neck she
went ballistic on him. It was horrible to see my little guy
get his butt
beat that bad by Circe, who happens to be half his size.
She gave him some
wicked bites on his neck, back, and abdomen. Needless to
say, he is now
completely terrified of her and very skittish of Marlow.
Today, he has
tried to retreat whenever she comes near. So far she has
just given him a
couple of butt sniffs, but I'm not sure if that means she
has decided to let
him live in peace or not.
[TANSY] Oh dear...and it's so damn hard not to laugh when
the little girls kick butt and take names...
I feel horrible, I wanted him to have some
companions and now he looks depressed. He's definately
pissed at me because
of the interlopers presence (I think the thing that gripes
his nads the most
is that Circe has taken over his hammock).
[TANSY] Can you get her her own hammock?
The things I've tried so far to
ease the tensions are the usual that I've seen recommended
here: everybody
got a bath, Circe slept in a seperate cage with Gizmo's
blanket, Gizmo had a
coat of bitter apple applied to his coat, and I held them
nose to nose for
some face time. Again, I'll take any other suggestions.
[T ANSY] Um Gizmo probably is depressed. With luck he will
get over it but needs LOTS of TLC and watch closely for
signs of ulcer. They may never become friends, but probably
will at least learn to tolerate each other...hopefully...If
it's any conselation, I too own a Gizmo who hates 90% of the
ferrets he meets...Might also try passing out group Nutrical
if they like it, so can lick it off each other.


Stu - first time multiple ferret dad

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