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From: "Sue Liszewski"
Date: 2003-10-01 15:36:54 UTC
Subject: Re: [ferrethealth] My best friend is sick
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Your little guy is teeth grinding because he is in pain. Itf it has been a
while since he ate then surgery may be indicatied. I have seen these guys
with a furball in their stomach and it gets pretty bad, they also will loose
weight and sometimes have a gastric ulcer from it. You could do Ultrasound
before surgery if you want a better idea. I have also given them a bit of
barium, which is an x ray contrast and it can tell if there is something
that the regular x ray can't see. The barium also coats the entire stomach
and intestinal tract ans sometimes makes them feel better by default. Your
ferrets blood sugar will drop if he is not eating and be life threatening.
If it is an obstruction you need to know because his chance are better
surgically if he is in better shape. I so think that is he is pt on IV
fluids with Dextrose in them he will alos perk up because his sugar is low
from not eating. The cortisone should also help bring his sugar up. Is he
having bowel movements and how do they look. He could also be treated for
Heliobactor with leads to gastric ulcers which lead to pain. Good Luck.

Dr. Susan Liszewski

>Subject: [ferrethealth] My best friend is sick
>Date: Wed, 1 Oct 2003 15:42:41 +0100 (BST)
>Mr. peepers is about two years old. About two weeks ago he came down with
>a cold of some sort. I noticed that he vomited after we gave him his
>weekly shower( which he hates). Soon after he stopped eating so we brought
>him into the vet. He had his blood, feces, and even xrays checked on him
>for any possible reason why he wasn't eating. Nothing. He would drink
>water almost normally but i noticed each time he seem to be in pain with
>his mouth and throat. The doctor suggested nutri-cal and duk soup. He
>hates the nutrical but will lick the duk soup off my finger, but right
>after he runs to the carpet and rubs his mouth over the carpet and makes
>some weird noises with his mouth like he is in pain. last night i gave him
>his meds and put him to bed, luckly i went to check on him and found him
>laying on the floor of his cage staring blankly. i picked him up and he
>was limp. i put him on the ground and he collapsed. My fiance freeking
>out called the emergency line and was told that he hadn't had enough
>food(which he hadn't eaten in a day or so). we gave him 10 ml of karo
>suryp which caused him to have a sugar high, he was running around like
>nothing was wrong. I quickly put him back to bed for the night. He got
>up many times to drink alot of water. today i brought him back to the vet
>they gave him cortazone to see if it would reduce his inflamed throat. I
>brought him home a forced a couple ml of food in him mouth which he
>reluctanlty ate. The vet seemed to think that he might have swallowed
>something but the xrays came up empty. He has such a "refined" tasted that
>i sdon't believe that he would have. If he doesn't start eating in a
>couple of days they want to operate on him although they say he is going
>down hill. I can't even tell you how hard this is on us. I kills me to see
>him in such pain and looking so skinny, and seeing him constantly being
>poked and injected with stuff. i don't know what else i can do for him.
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