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From: Dr. Bruce Williams
Date: 2001-03-03 20:58:00 UTC
Subject: Re: Ripley's Illness

Dear Diane:

Thinning hind leg bones - could this be actually thining hind legs
due to loss of muscle mass?

It is really difficult to make any useful diagnosis here - weight
loss and inappetance can be a number of things. The cough suggests
cardiovascular or pulmonary disease, but once again, they are not
very suspicious.

My suggestion in this case would be a trip to the vet, some bloodwork
and a good whole-body Xray to look at the chest and those hind legs.
I wish I could be more specific, but diagnoses based on such sketchy
info probably would be more damaging than profitable.

With kindest regards,

Bruce H. Williams, DVM
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--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., Diane Taylor <cauchidm@s...> wrote:
> I recently posted a problem I am having with my ferret Ripley and
his thinning hind leg bones and now I have another potential problem
I need help with as I am very worried about the little guy. He is
totally depressed, will not take his calcium in Nutri-Cal without me
forcing it in him and he is also not eating that good anymore. He
has developed a cough as the other ferrets seem to be getting colds
one at a time and I need to know what to do to get the calcium in
him. Crushing it and putting it in water and then a syringe is not
working as he shakes it all over the place, the Nutri-Cal which he
used to love he now shuns and I just do not know what to do. Any
suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Rip is one of my first
ferrets I ever got and he is just too young for all this. HELP
> Diane