From: Sukie Crandall
Date: 2001-06-28 16:09:00 UTC
Subject: Re: Looking for ferret vet in Oakville Ontario
>I've had 2 vets tell me that surgery on
>ferrets are difficult. This forum seems to have surgery performed
>all the time with positive results.
Stomach surgery is a major surgery and they do have a harder time
bouncing back from it than from other surgeries, but so far we
personally have not lost any to surgery or post-op. Some day we will
but so far we have been fortunate.
Vets are in the difficult position that many do not know about ferret
care due it not being taught at many vet schools. Here are just a
few of the resources which can help vets learn enough that treating
and operating on ferrets is not so daunting a process:
1. Ferret expert veterinary Pathologist Bruce Williams has this
website: http://www.afip.org/ferrets/index.html with extensive
2. Ferret expert Karen Purcell has a book which takes vets through
many procedures step by step, including surgeries: _Essentials of
Ferrets, a Guide for Practitioners_ (AAHA Press, 1-800-252-2242,
12575 W. Bayaud Ave., Lakewood, CO 80228).
3. Ferret expert Charlie Weiss has a video tape and a website which
teach ferret care and operation techniques:
4. Many ferret health care articles by these and other ferret expert
vets are to be found among those at http://www.miamiferret.org/fhc.
5. There are numerous articles and answers from vets in the files at
The list could go on for a very long time, but I think I'll leave it
to others to point out further useful resources so that people can
SAVE such information. The ferret you save by getting this
information, sharing it with vets in a friendly fashion, and reading
it yourself may very well be your own, folks.