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From: my4ferrets2001
Date: 2002-02-20 16:32:00 UTC
Subject: Re: Stiff Ferret

I have a 4 year old male who suffers from arthritis. He could barely
walk and when he'd stand to eat, his legs would buckle on him. My
vet put him on 1/4 tablet of SynoviCre twice a day. Within 2 weeks,
he was running around like a kit again. He's been on it for about 3
months now and he is doing great. SynoviCre is a combination of
glucosamine and creatinine. You can get it on-line at KV Vet without
a prescription. This might be something to talk with you vet about.


--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., "nlchipman" <nicole@m...> wrote:
> Does anyone have an explanation for a 2 1/2 year old male ferret
> acts like he has arthritis? He is very stiff and can't bring his
> hind leg all the way up to scratch his ear. He is not a slinky
> pliable little guy like ferrets should be. In fact, when I hold
> he always brings his legs up to his chest and tightens up. He has
> never just dangled.
> He is also losing his hair. He is adrenal disease negative and
> therefore, suspect flea alergy dermatitis. After one full year of
> Advantage flea control for all and diligent environment treatments,
> the fleas disappeared and he did not respond.
> He was seen by his vet for all of the above (the adrenal test was
> acutally done twice - both negative). She has been at a loss for a
> conclusion. He doesn't seem unhappy or uncomfortable, just very
> stiff.
> Thanks - I welcome any thoughts.
> Nicole