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From: Sydney
Date: 2001-08-05 11:06:00 UTC
Subject: Re: [Ferret-Health-list] sick ferret...need some input

I used to have a ferret that would get some kind of
intestinal bacteria problem almost every year. It
usually seemed to be right after Christmas when
everyone was stressed over the holidays, but he also
had other problems.

Anyway, once the bacteria had been identified and
antibiotics started, I would usually see some
improvement in about 24-48 hours. Ferrets are hard to
get eating when they are sick though. I get Gerbers
stage 2 baby food chicken and warm it up to about body
temperature in the microwave. I can usually get them
to eat that when they are sick but it often takes some
coaxing. I find that I can get them to eat little
bits off of my finger (patience is a virtue here)
every few hours. Sometimes they have to acquire a
taste for it too. You might need to put a tiny bit
baby food chicken or vitamin paste in or on their
mouth so they can taste it. If they've never had it
before, they may not recognize it as something good to
eat by smell. Also if you use water bottles rather
than water bowls, try leaving a bowl of water out. I
find that they are more likely to drink out of a bowl
when they are sick.


--- Kristine Owen <craigkrisowen@y...> wrote:
> Anyone seen anything like this? Any
> ideas
> of a liquid food supplement. How about Ensure? I am
> feeding her 5cc of Pedelite an hour through a
> syringe.
> She looked better last night but looks lethargic
> again
> this morning. Thanks for any ideas you might have
> this. Kristine in Gilbert AZ

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