From: Sukie Crandall
Date: 2002-12-03 03:24:57 UTC
Subject: Re: [ferrethealth] RE: Causes for pain with eating?
To: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Depending on his size 3 and 1/2 pounds could be average, over-weight,
or (for a few large ones) underweight.
Most of the time we've seen that tail in the air and running from
food it hasn't been a pain situation.
Of course, there is no reason to not be safe, so why not have the vet
check his mouth, throat, etc. Since he isn't vomiting, pawing at his
mouth, having dark stools, or grinding his teeth the lack of those
sign decreases the chances of stomach pain, though the absence
doesn't eliminate that possibility.
We've often seen that behavior and body language with satiated
ferrets who will eat more only to get attention (as with hand
feeding), excited ones, ones afraid of more dominant ferrets, or
distracted ferrets. I would not automatically assume that this
ferret is in pain, but he may be full and unless he is large he
simply not need to get heavier for optimal health and activity levels.