Message Number: YG4143 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Bruce Williams, DVM
Date: 2001-05-30 23:06:00 UTC
Subject: Re: one eye closed?

--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., "Stephanie" <steph@t...> wrote:
> Hi all,
> Once I get Icabod all settled and he starts to perk up and look
good, his
> partner starts doing odd stuff. She is totally blind from
cataracts, so it's
> not like it's interfering with her vision, but I noticed today that
she is
> not opening one eye. She will have the other one open and be doing
> but that one eye is closed. I tried to open it a bit to see if
there was
> anything in it and I don't see any mucus or crusty stuff or
anything. It
> actually looks like it always has. Icabod gets his staples out on
the ninth
> and she has a checkup at the same time. Should I schedule something
> Should I wait to see how it goes? Has anybody experienced something
> this? My boyfriend was thinking that she may have just scratched
her eye and
> I can see that that would cause this. Any ideas?

I will have to agree with your boyfriend, and Mike on this one.
Holding your eye closed is a sign of pain, or at least discomfort.
I'm sure we can all remember at least one time where we got sand or
dirt in our eye and even though we wanted to open it, we just

Blind ferrets are even more prone to eye injuries because they can't
see where they are going. Yes, definitely a reason to go to the vet,
and I am hoping it is just a foreign body like an eyelash, etc.

Let's schedule an appointment tomorrow if possible - if it is a
foreign body, the longer it stays in there, the more damage it will

With kindest regards,

Bruce H. Williams, DVM, DACVP
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