Message Number: YG6728 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Steve Austin
Date: 2001-08-28 01:16:00 UTC
Subject: Re: [Ferret-Health-list] ill ferret

I am sorry for your loss, just the fact that you feel bad, want to
find out what happened, and are willing to post your
questions here means you are not to blame. Even if it was
lack of knowledge of ferrets on your part, and the part of your
vet at least you can learn, and help your male ferret.

It could have been a number of things, the fleas may have been worse
because of a failing immune system stressed from some other illness,
or the fleas themeselves were so bad she became anemic.
Make sure the fleas are gone from the male- usually advantage will
do it, in the meantime you could try to get them off by hand-

You can give a ferret pedialyte (kaoelectrolyte) or similar rehydration
liquids that are made for children, and I don't know what else you
could have done if you didn't realize there was a problem, and
the vet couldn't help you.

Next, you need to find a good ferret vet, even a vet not familar with
could have found the fleas, and did a blood test for anemia, or
exam for masses, etc.


p.s. since the ferrets are outside, make sure you pay special attention
their habits, stools, appetite, activitiy levels- ferrets can get sick
and there may be little signs beforehand so keeping a close eye and
your ferret helps a lot. Life is a continual learning experience/

. we asked out
> vet, but he
> does not handle to many ferrets, should he could not really help us
> on this
> issue. We noticed her bleeding yesterday when we gave her a bath,
> and found
> that she had fleas all over her. we called the vet and he told us
> to give
> her honey and water, because she was so weak and dehydrated, could
> that
> have harmed her??? I still don't understand her dying and so young.
> My male
> ferret is doing fine, just a little fat. He just seems that he is
> lonely
> now. He also had fleas on him, but not as much as she, and we put
> Advantage
> on them. I believe we were just to late for Minx. Was there
> anything else
> we could have done for her???
> Adela Martin
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