Message Number: YG5952 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Steve Austin
Date: 2001-07-30 20:49:00 UTC
Subject: Re: [Ferret-Health-list] SERIOUS trouble...nutritional

A ferret that is quickly going downhill needs a good vet exam and
some basic blood tests, start there and go from that point.
Basic I think would be a CBC, Chemistry with globulin, LFT.

Kidney failure, insulinoma, lymphoma, foreign body, IBD, ADV,
the list goes on and on. You need a good vet to do what he is
trained to do, and unfortunately what most of us ferret owners can not
do, that is a good history, physical exam, and tests as indicated,


SO…Lilburn is
> getting
> 30-50 cc per day, plus extra water, plus he's drinking on his own.
> He's a
> standard size MF weezil who should weigh at least 2.5# and now
> weighs .75#.
> Sunken eyes…ah, you get the idea - he's emaciated. No grinding of
> teeth and
> no noticeable blood in the stool. Of course he's very weak, as you
> can well
> imagineNow,
> I did
> test his glucose, but remember he CRASHED so darn fast that even
> three days
> after he went wacky and I tested him he already was so thin that I
> wonder if
> his glucose wouldn't be low no matter if insulinoma is the cause or
> not.
> So…at a complete loss here…no critter history to share…no "testing"
> done yet
> since I don't know where to start…any suggestions appreciated!
> Nanci & Mr. Lilburn, Supermodel
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