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From: tansy
Date: 2001-08-24 21:21:00 UTC
Subject: [Ferret-Health-list] Amputation: at hock or stifle?

I'm not sure where a "hock" on a ferret is....but my Chloe has been missing
her foot since she was a kit. She's 4 (5?) and walks and climbs on her stump
with no problem, including up my 7 foot high cage... There has never been a
problem with the integrity of the skin on the stump.

She does slide a bit more on linoleum....<g>. But your guy should use his
stump just fine once it heals.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Pam Sessoms" <pjdutche@e...>
To: <>
Sent: Friday, August 24, 2001 8:15 PM

> Hey all,
> I have a new little one with a mangled rear foot that needs to be
> amputated - surgery is Monday. There is probably enough salvagable tissue
> to amputate at the hock (the joint just above the foot). That would leave
> her a nice long stumpy leg, and hopefully she'd use it to get around on.
> Can anyone with a tripod ferret comment as to whether or not they use
> these? And do they tend to stay raw or irritated long-term? If they
> don't use this kind of a stump, or if they tend to not heal up well, my
> vet can amputate it at the stifle (the next joint up). We just don't want
> to work extra hard to leave her this longer leg and then have to go back
> and amputate it higher up later.
> Thanks in advance for any experiences!
> -Pam S.
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