Message Number: YG4124 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Mike Janke
Date: 2001-05-30 13:10:00 UTC
Subject: Re: 2nd opinion please

Normally, I would not take food away that long before surgery. Not
being a vet/surgeon, I don't know if doing a biopsy of the colon or
small intestine presents a special case.

Perhaps one of the vets here will see your message and comment before
tomorrow. In the meantime, if I were you, I would definitely get in
touch with the ferret vet and get a clarification if this is
necessary because of the type of surgery.

I have never taken food away for more than 3-4 hours prior to surgery
and I always let my vet know the exact time the ferret had his last
meal... which I hand feed them to make SURE they've eaten within 3-4
hours of the scheduled surgery. Maybe I go a little overboard, but it
has worked well for us.


--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., "Kris McDevitt" <ashflax@m...> wrote:
> My 1 yr old MF male albino Spike is scheduled for exploratory
surgury tomorrow. My vet is basically looking to check things out
and do biopsies on his colon & intestines do to repeated episodes of
vomiting and bloody/mucous stool over the past year (looking for
signs of enteritis, colitis, etc?). The vet is off today & I called
to double check when to take Spike's food and water away tonight.
The technician asked another vet (not a ferret vet) and they said no
food after 10 p.m. but it is ok to leave the water