Date: 2001-06-07 18:49:00 UTC
Subject: Re: [Ferret-Health-list] Hello
I had something very similar happen to me. My female went through a couple
days where she vomited and had runny stools. We did the amoxi and stuff and
she seemed to recover. We never found anything wrong and assumed everything
was ok. About 8 months later she started to lose weight, not eating as much
and had skimpy stools. She was also showing signs of adrenal. I let it go
for about a month, she was still active and seemed ok for the most part.
Then things turned quickly. She got very skinny, was not eating, etc. We
took her in, the vet did the tests and found she did in fact have adrenal,
but there was something else wrong. She had stopped eating and pooping by
this point. The vet asked me over and over if she could have swallowed
something. I kept saying no, she had never chewed on anything, remotes,
door stops, nothing. Sadly, she died. The vet opened her up to find out
what had gone wrong. Sweetie had gotten a piece of rubber in her. Even
though I swore she could not have, never chewed on anything. It had been in
there awhile. Had probably sat in the stomach for a few month before moving
into the lower intestines where it stopped and cause infection.
To be on the safe side I would have my ferret checked if I had it to do
over again. X rays would have helped save me a lot of heartache and
possibly her life. This piece of rubber had been in there for months with
no major effect until it moved into the lower intestine.
Wishing all the best for you and your baby.