From: Sukie Crandall
Date: 2001-05-17 12:09:00 UTC
Subject: Re: Need Help! Ferret had accident this morning!
>but somehow he mananged to get his head stuck in a paper towel roll. It
There is a rare type of accident that has been mentioned occurring to
a handful of ferrets over the last 15 or so years, and that involves
a ferret with a head caught in a toilet paper or towel roll who then
tries to run with the tube attached and injured the neck, a few times
fatally. That didn't happen in your case because you were able to
respond quickly. It pays to keep rolls away from ferrets and to tear
apart empty ones that have been discarded.
We have an arrangement with our vet that if a situation occurs that
we are unsure about we can call. It's the flip side to always paying
our bills without complaint, and treating them as well as we'd want
to be treated. We have never had an accident that warranted
emergency medical care, though we have had other medical emergencies
(in which situations we call and then run in, or in off-hours call
then get reply and then run in). There have been some accidents
which caused us to call, and the vets were able to help over the
phone. Nothing replaces having a good vet locally for hands-on care.