Message Number: YG4887 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Sukie Crandall
Date: 2001-06-26 12:28:00 UTC
Subject: Re: hind leg weakness in elderly ferret

>he's lost a lot of weight, and is very thin and dehydrated (i *am*
>feeding him his soup again, have been for a couple of days.)
>is hind-leg weakness normal in ferrets who have been chronically
>sickly for a few months, outside of any other major illnesses? just
>-kat (new to the list, hello, all.)-

Hind leg weakness is a general symptom. He needs to be hydrated
immediately and he needs supplemental feedings. Your vet can sub-cu
him and teach you how to do so if appropriate. Make him some warm
(around body temp) "soups" of things like baby food and water or a/d
and water. Get full vet exam and testing in case there is anything
more behind this besides poor eating habits or "minor" health
problems (at least one of which may no longer be minor) so that
problem can be corrected. Ferrets do not typically starve themselves.
Are his stools thin? What else can you say about him? Get to the
VET right away! Dehydration can be rapidly dangerous! Please, also
read past vet posts in the FHL files on ulcers at the website