Message Number: YG6146 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Mike Janke
Date: 2001-08-06 13:00:00 UTC
Subject: Re: Tooth problem in very young ferret

I think that the cure could end up being worse than the problem. I
believe there is a risk of breaking the jaw when removing a lower
canine in a ferret. I don't know if it could be filed down enough to
eliminate contact with the upper lip without getting into the pulp of
the tooth. But, if he's genuinely in pain, you might have to do


--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., Christine Bertch <moogirl@m...> wrote:
> I have done some reading in the archives about ferrets
having canine
> teeth that were poking into the lip, but none mentions the exact
age of the
> ferret. I'm taking care of a very young one (about 12 weeks) who
> already developed a small hole in his upper lip, and it does seem
to be
> getting worse. He's still eating ok, but it does seem painful.
> So my question is, since he's so young is filing the tooth
still an
> option? I'm not against having the tooth removed but I don't want
to do
> that if it's too risky... My vet also suggested we could try some
> correctional measures to move the tooth--is that something anyone
else has
> tried?
> Also, is anesthesia a bigger risk due to his young age? I
> read about many procedures done on very young ferrets...
> Thanks,
> Christine