Message Number: YG4094 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Bruce Williams, DVM
Date: 2001-05-28 23:27:00 UTC
Subject: Re: Fractured leg bone

--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., sleepyfalcon@y... wrote:
> I am posting in hopes that (very sorry that you have)if you have
> through what has started for us today.there another answer besides
> 1000. I DON'T have?
> How have any of you fuzzy lovers who cared enough to stop and read
> this and who have gone through or have knowledge on,gotten through
> this ? and with what outcome? are there any other options to mend a
> double fracture like this?
Dear Fran -

It is difficult to make an assessemnt without the ability to see the
X0rays - to see if the fragments are in alignment, etc. IF the
breaks are relatively clean, a cast or splint applied with the bones
in alignment may give a cosmetic fixation, and possibily even a
functional leg. Ferrets, especially young ones have excellent
recuperative powers. The biggest problem is keeping them quiet
during the healing period.

As Tansy said, there is always a back-up paln - amputation. It
sounds rough, but ferrets tolertae it very well.

So I would not feel bad in going forward with splinting or casting,
and if all else fails, then you can always try for the tripod model.

With kindest regards,

Bruce H. Williams, DVM, DACVP
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