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From: "Sue Liszewski"
Date: 2004-04-30 23:38:24 UTC
Subject: RE: [ferrethealth] Back end paralysis
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Keep her clean and warm Continue the pred. Rest her for 1-2 weeks and
massage her back and rear legs and after some strict time to heal you can
try to swim her back end to help improve muxcle tone etc. Be sure all other
types of problems ruled out though, such as heart, insulinoma, adrenals,
etc. Don't want' to miss anything just in case. Best of luck to you both.

Dr. Sue

>From: "Liz Tveite" <>
>To: <>
>Subject: [ferrethealth] Back end paralysis
>Date: Thu, 29 Apr 2004 22:43:35 -0500
>Last Sunday my 3 year old, Dixie, quit using her back legs. We aren't sure
>if she fell or injured herself in some way. We thought she was just
>cleaning her butt on the floor, but then she was walking weird and later
>couldn't use her back legs at all. She would walk with her front legs and
>her back legs would just stick out behind her and drag.
>I took her to the vet Monday morning. He felt it was injury related. No
>other symptoms of illness. It wasn't at all like my insulinoma ferrets and
>their hind leg weakness. We have her taking .75ml of Pediapred 2x/day
>(6.7/5ml). She is being confined to a small area where she can do no
>climbing. We are hoping the medication will help any swelling and possibly
>bring back use of her hind legs. She still has feeling in her toes. She
>is eating good and not losing weight.
>Any suggestions on how to handle this type of injury? Is there ferret
>therapy for pinched discs? Is there anything I can do to help with
>recovery? Thank you for any thoughts on this.
>I really hope she doesn't have to go the rest of her life without the use
>of her back legs. I rinse her back end off daily to help keep her cleaned
>up. I know she must miss being with her group of 12 ferrets. I let them
>visit her and one will stay overnight with her in the playpen.
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