Message Number: YG6340 | New FHL Archives Search
Date: 2001-08-13 03:20:00 UTC
Subject: Re: [Ferret-Health-list] Re: Trouble urinating

-- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., marys1000@h... wrote:
> I've noticed that Boris, my 6 yr old male, sometimes
> backs up into a corner and doesn't produce any urine.
> Or smallish amounts. <snip>
> P.S. He'd emptied his bladder before he went to vets
> so he couldn't get any urine to test for bacteria - but
> I guess the good news there is he can and does empty his bladder!

The next time you see Boris getting ready to go to the bathroom, place him on
a clean piece of newspaper and watch him go. As bad as it sounds, anytime I
suspect a urinary blockage or swollen prostate, my male ferrets get no peace
and no privacy. I will place them in an empty litter box, or on a clean sheet
of newspaper and I will get down and watch them urinate. I watch for
difficulty in urinating, strength of the flow - you name it. If you suspect
that you ferret is not able to freely urinate, I would be more aggressive in
treating this - it can be life threatening and at best, painful. Can you get
the vet to get a sample of his urine for testing?

Good luck to you and Boris.

Lisa Leidig, Head Ferret
The Ferret Haven "By-the-Sea"