Message Number: YG6109 | New FHL Archives Search
Date: 2001-08-04 19:16:00 UTC
Subject: need advice, very sick ferret

I want to put this out to everyone hoping someone may have some
valuable information that might help. I rescued a ferret about 8
months ago. She is a 1 pound female( that's after I put weight on
her). She was lethargic this morning and dehydrated. I rushed her to
the vet who did a fecal test and said she has a extremely high
bacteria count, rods to be exact. She has diarrhea also it is pure
liquid consistency. She gave her 19cc of fluid and has her on
medication called Choramphenicol to kill the bacteria and get the
diarrhea in check. She has no idea what is causing the high bacteria
in the intestines. Her isol something count(sugar) is fine. No
blockages or tumors. It doesn't look like she has the 2 most common
cancers in ferrets. She asked if I had fed her lettuce but I had not.
Last week my sister in law had a double heart attack and lost 1/3 of
her heart. I have had a house full of relatives. It has been chaotic
lately otherwise I might have noticed a problem sooner. She just
did'nt come out to play this morning. I have Pedalite and the high
calorie vitamin paste for her. The next step if the meducation
doesn't work will be blood tests. Anyone seen anything like this?
Kristine in Gilbert AZ