Message Number: YG7173 | New FHL Archives Search
Date: 2001-09-10 15:02:00 UTC
Subject: Re: HELP: Diet during illness

Oops. I meant ADV. She tested negative for ADV.

> Check the archives on this one (SEE BELOW WHERE I OUTLINED THE
PROBLEM) - I could write you a book, but it
> has been covered pretty thoroughly.
> -Dr. Karen

I spent an hour running several searches here(i.e. return hard food,
soft food, etc.) and also looking around on Ferret Central. I still
can't find an answer for my question--certainly not the "thorough"
amount of information described above. I'd appreciate it if you
could direct me to the correct archive(s). I understand that many
people are knowledgeable about this subject, but this is my first
time dealing with it. I'm taking her to the vet again for a checkup
this coming Friday, but I wanted to get additional opinions about
this matter (that's why I joined this board).

I'd appreciate any more detailed help that you could swing this way.



--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., "Karen Purcell, DVM" <drkaren@w...>
> Danielle,
> >SNIP> Her sugar levels looks
> > normal, and she tested negative for HPV.
> What is HPV?
> She was dehydrated and the
> > blood tests showed that her kidneys weren't functioning
properly. He
> > put her on antibiotics for a week and is hoping that it's just a
> > kidney infection (rather than failure) or something else that's
> > that's causing her to not eat.
> > SNIP
> But she'll eat a lot more if I feed
> > her by finger.
> >
> This is very normal for ferrets. I've had to finger feed some
> ferrets for months.
> > She's already showing signs of improvement, so I'm hoping that
> > medicine is working. But I have a concern: What has been your
> > experience with returning your ferrets who have been on soft food
> > (only hand-fed) to a normal eating schedule (hard food)? How do
> > wean them off special treatment? Will she ever return to hard
> > or will I have to hand-feed her forever? I'm concerned about her
> > teeth (not to mention the fact that it takes a long time to get a
> > decent amount in her)!
> Check the archives on this one - I could write you a book, but it
> has been covered pretty thoroughly.
> -Dr. Karen
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It is in
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> licensed veterinarian. If you are concerned about your pet's
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> should seek the advice of your regular veterinarian as soon as