Message Number: YG3876 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Bruce Williams, DVM
Date: 2001-05-21 23:21:00 UTC
Subject: Re: Vomitting Ferret :(

--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., "Kimberly Cox" <jaxy25@y...> wrote:
> My biggest boy, Squirt, threw up last night. He's so big and
> (almost 3 lbs), active and energetic. Plus, he eats non-stop! I
> shampooed the carpets in the Ferret Bedroom last night and I wonder
> if he licked the wet, sweet smelling carpet. He threw up three
> in a row, fairly large amounts then went and had some water and ate
> like he was starving to death. The vomit was regular in color (no
> blood or foreign matter) and looked to be pure brown ferret food.
> didn't seem to slow down after he got sick. Just got back up and
> played like he normally does. Should I be concerned and take him to
> my vet?

Well, I hate to see any feret vomit repeatedly, but if it hasn't
recurred, and he is continuing to eat - I wouldn't rush straight to
the vet. Let's just watch and see.

Every animal (including man) occasionally vomits, and not every time
is it an emergency. The key is that if it is repeated over a period
of hours, or if the animal shows other evidence of GI disease, such
as blood in the vomit, diarrhea, not eating etc.,

I usually wait for one of these to occur before making that run to
the vet.

With kindest regards,

Bruce H. Williams, DVM, DACVP
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