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From: Stephanie
Date: 2001-05-31 13:37:00 UTC
Subject: [Ferret-Health-list] Ferret Incontinence

Hi Amy,

-sympathetic sigh- It really sounds like insulinoma. This is
exactly what happened to Icabod. It wasn't incontinence, it
was that Icabod was too weak in the hind end to lift himself
up enough to urinate. He would just lay there and pee and get
it all over himself. It got to the point where I would watch
him constantly and if he started to go I would help him by
holding him up and then always rinsing him off afterward. His
penis and anus would get red and swollen from urine irritation
because he would just sit in it and/or do a mop thing
(dragging himself through the pee and mopping it along the
floor) if I didn't clean him up right away.

If I were you I would take your guy back to the vet and get
more BG readings. I read somewhere (don't remember where) that
you can ask your vet to do readings throughout the day to see
if the glucose readings go up and down. Also, as a
precautionary measure, I would start feeding him every few
hours with a high protein food such as chicken baby food mixed
with his kibble. Icabod got a lot of strength back when I
started him on this.

My hopes that it is not Insulinoma are with you and I hope
somebody else can come up with other reasons why this might be

with Maggie, Bullwinkle, Shasta, Icabod and Emeline
-----Original Message-----
From: Amy and Jim Robbin []
Sent: Thursday, May 31, 2001 4:53 AM

Hi folks. I have a 4.5 yo, 3 1/2 pound male ferret, breeder
unknown. I've owned the ferret since he was six weeks old.
Anyway he had a check up two weeks ago, everything is fine
but his BG is 70. He's been a little on the lethargic side
as well.

Twice this week I noticed that he had urine on his belly.
The first time I didn't get too concerned I thought maybe he
dragged his fat belly through a puddle. This morning we
were playing the "make the bed" and "tickle the belly" game
when I noticed it again.

This incontinence is not something I can remember reading
about anywhere, any insights?


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