Message Number: YG7175 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Steve Austin
Date: 2001-09-10 14:56:00 UTC
Subject: Re:: HELP: Diet during illness

What is HPV? Where I work it is Human Papilloma Virus-
so I am assuming it is a vet abbreviation
She is young to be sick so fast, without diarrhea or some
other problem leading to it.
What led up to her illness, was it very sudden?
Was a urine test sent for culture? Any chances of
something like a foreign body, or it justs looks
like an infection?

Just curious.

As far as hand feeding, I think it will get better once she
is better,and has her energy back, and appetite.


> Hi!
> I'm new to this list. Currently, I have three ferrets, and one of
> them is sick. She is a 2.5 year old albino female. I took her to
> the vet last Friday because she has lost a significant amount of
> weight, and he ran several tests on her. Her sugar levels looks
> normal, and she tested negative for HPV. She was dehydrated and the
> She's already showing signs of improvement, so I'm hoping that the
> 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 you
> wean them off special treatment? Will she ever return to hard food
> 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)!
> Thanks so much!
> Danielle
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