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From: Sandy Adams
Date: 2001-08-10 22:21:00 UTC
Subject: [Ferret-Health-list] Upper canine problem


We have a group of rescues that we adopted last year in April.. our vet said
that they were the worst teeth that he had ever seen.. age range was 3-7..
and we've had multiple problems with infections and having to have their
teeth cleaned and some pulled.. I will say that we had great luck with
Baytril rather than Amoxicillin.. Amoxi would just take the edge off for a
few days then the temp would be back and all.. my 7 yr old female Coffee
girl had 2 teeth pulled and the rears cleaned and came through fine.. though
I was worried sick.. the others have all been cleaned while the ferrets are
under.. all 14 of them.. and we've had very good luck with them.. both
Coffee and Wonka are very prone to bacterial infections now though.. the vet
said that because of the long term teeth problems their immune system is bad
and they catch things that the others throw off.. of course both of them are
7+ too..

We just added an ultraviolet air purification system to the air conditioner
here to see if that helps.. but it's not been in long enough to tell yet..
and we're very thorough with disinfecting their cage because of their

Good luck with your little one..

Sandy & The Adams Family Ferrets.. all 27 of them :)

----- Original Message ----- From: "Brenda" <brenda@f...>
To: <>
Sent: Friday, August 10, 2001 7:09 PM

> I'm hoping to gain a little more insight, get opinions, etc.
> I noticed on 8/2 my Sparky (F 3years 1.6lbs) was gagging, grinding
> her teeth and rubbing her face after trying to drink some water, as
> well as pick up her kibble and drop it immediately without eating.
> Her stools were loose and green in color (not ECE green). I kept an
> eye on her, over the next day, and on 8/4 I took her to the vet as
> their was no improvement and I was obviously getting very concerned.
> Upon exam, they found a lot a lot of buildup on her teeth, and she
> was running a fever of 103.6. I was thinking the obvious ulcer
> culprit, as the signs were their except for the black tarry stools.
> We gave her.25ml Amoxy 2xs/day and Sucralfate 1/8 tab 3 xs/day, spoon
> feeding of Gerbers Chicken. The vet didn't want to do anything yet
> with the teeth until we were able to bring her fever down first, and
> see if it was ulcers.
> After a few days, there was no improvement with her, and through
> close supervision, just didn't feel my first thought was correct with
> the ulcers, Even when being spoon fed the Gerbers, as soon as she
> would come across a little chunck or an area that was not totally
> smooth, she would grind her teeth, rub her face and refuse to eat for
> a few minutes. She would also grind her teeth when I would
> rub/massage the outside of her mouth in hopes to make it feel better.
> She was still having problems drinking the water. I stopped the
> Sucralfate as there was absolutely no response to it, and their was
> no change/deterioration in her eating/drinking.
> I took her back in today to have another thorough look at her teeth,
> as my gut feeling tells me this is where the problem is stemming
> from. After biting the tec, vet and tongue depressor, we were finally
> able to get a really good look at her teeth, and besides the large
> buildup on her back teeth, we also noticed that one of her top canine
> is grey in color and appears to be broken. Her fever is gone, her
> temp was 102.6. She is scheduled for extraction and cleanng this
> Wednesday, 8/15. I never would have expected her teeth to be that
> bad at 3, especially since she doesn't get any treats and has always
> been fed a kibble diet of 8 in 1 ultimate and totally ferret.
> Has anyone else experienced this? Are there any specific dangers to
> the tooth extraction---surgically or after care? Thanks ahead of
> time for your feedback, I really appreciate it, there is nothing that
> I wouldn't do for any of my little fuzzies.
> Brenda
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