Message Number: SG409 | New FHL Archives Search
Date: 2002-07-20 23:03:44 UTC
Subject: RE: smokey's weight loss...
Message-ID: <17040915.1027206224992.JavaMail.root@scandium>

I believe that hyperthyroidism is pretty rare, if not unheard of, in ferrets. In my experience with cats, hyperthyroidism causes them to have a ravenous appetite, but they continue to lose weight even though they eat and eat. Since you don't indicate this type of appetite, and it being unreported in ferrets, I believe it is safe to rule out hyperthyroidism.

It could be summer weight loss. A vet visit is definitely in order and until then, we're just guessing.


Author wrote:
> so, started to lose some weight and has little interest in eating-he just
> looks a little gaunt in his face,yet still is very playful and fun.I was
> told by a vet assistant that it sounds like a "hyperactive thyroid"-i am
> not really sure what that is,and if it is what he has-we do have an appointment
> to see a ferret specialist next week-I just wanted to know if this is anything
> we should really be worrying this much about?