Message Number: YG5858 | New FHL Archives Search
Date: 2001-07-28 15:49:00 UTC
Subject: post op - help - deathly ill

We have a ferret- Emmett- and he is 2.5 years old. While away on
vacation his
intestines became obstructed with a small rubber piece. He had
surgery and we
brought him home yesterday. It was rough going because he had a hole
in his
intestinal wall, which was repaired. The object was removed, Emmett's
was glued shut and he has about a three inch scar.
He survived, however we received barely any information about
They gave us Nutrical and an antibiotic pill to break up and give to
They initially told us that he could eat the pill in a treat or
watered down
food or in the Nutrical. It was also Ok for him to eat. Later, we
called back
because he was not eating at all and refused the Nutrical. They
informed us
to get a syringe to force feed him (we read your info on feeding sick
and are currently buying some baby food). In the meantime, Emmett is
more and more sick. WE called the emergency line and the vet told us
not to
feed him any food and that he should only receive the Nutrical for
two days -
no solid food because it is too grainy. He had already eaten some
IAMS kitten
chow and began vomiting about an hour after eating. He has been
vomiting/ dry
heaving about every hour and has not been able to drink/eat anything.
He even
got sick when given the Nutrical. He currently is lethargic, seems
dazed and
out of it and can barely be woken out of a sleep. We are not feedi!
ng him anything else and will be
returning to the vet in the morning. The problem is, we don't trust
them to
tell us the correct thing to do.

Please tell us what you think would be best for him. We want him to
be OK and
he just seems to be getting worse. Thanks for your time.