Message Number: FHL2263 | New FHL Archives Search
Date: Thu, 23 Aug 2007 12:48:13 -0000
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: Behavior Change after Galaxy-D
Rebecca, I, too, suspect either it is just a coincidence that the
behavior change just happened at the same time as the vaccination or
there actually is some underlying health issue at play.
I saw one of my own recently experience a similar personality change
(no biting, but very flighty and rigid when picked up) following a
serious illness last spring.
It sounds to me like he has pain somewhere. An exam by a vet might
reveal something. It might also be beneficial to ask your vet if it
might be worth trying a pain med for a few days to see if that
changes anything, like the tendancy to bite if handled. If he shows
improvement after a short time on pain meds, he will have had a break
from hurting and you will have narrowed it down to pain somewhere,
and can then start to look for what is causing it.
You didn't mention how old this guy is, but older ferrets often have
aches and pains that makes being handled painful to them. Starting
Valentine on Buprenex made a huge difference in his ability to
navigate and interest in life.
--- In email@example.com, "fearbiter" <director@...> wrote:
About a month ago, I administered Galaxy-D after 1.5mg of oral
Benadryl. ... No immediate signs of an adverse reaction were seen.
However, starting approximately around that time we noticed that his
behavior has changed radically. He was somewhat shy to begin with,
but never aggressive. Now, he seems very afraid of humans and overly
sensitive to other ferrets touching him to the point of fighting. He
doesn't seem painful in any one spot but he does not like being
handled and hisses much of the time. If I'm not careful handling him,
he will bite.
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