Message Number: YG6383 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Erin Simkins
Date: 2001-08-15 13:14:00 UTC
Subject: Re: update on Lucy

--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., sharon allen <echotally@y...> wrote:

> My vet is frustrated and I am frustrated and in tears.
> Lucy is hyper and a little more aggressive each day.
> She is nipping at me and you can tell that she doesn't
> want to. Her vulva is not enlarged, she is eating and
> drinking well, but something is wrong. What else can
> be done? Maybe a chemistry panel? I just don't know
> anymore; but I do know I don't like the situation as
> it is now.
> Thanks,
> Sharon Allen

Hi Sharon,

It sounds like you know your ferret well. Even though you don't see
the typical physical changes, the behavorial changes are just as
important. I would suggest saving your money rather than spending it
on more tests.

Since your vet doesn't feel comfortable with doing surgery on Lucy,
why not take her to a vet who might be? There's absolutely nothing
wrong with that! I would suggest getting a copy of her file thus far
along with any test results that you have. Locate a more surgically
confident ferret vet in your surrounding area and get a second
opinion. Share with him or her your concerns and see what the
consensus is. Second opinions are always a good idea in cases of
uncertainty and in my experiences, doctors are rarely offended by it.

Check here for a list of ferret knowledgable vets in your area.

Dr. Charles Weiss is an excellent ferret vet located in Bethesda,
Maryland and he has the latest and greatest surgical technologies.
Your post says Richmond so if it meant Richmond, Virginia, Dr. Weiss
is only a little over 2 hours north of you. It might be worth a try.

I'm sorry you're frustrated and it sounds like Lucy is getting a
little uncomfortable too. I hope you're able to come to a conclusion
soon. Best wishes to you both!

Erin Simkins
Education Director
American Ferret Association