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From: "pmlockhart"
Date: 2007-05-10 19:57:58 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: Please read this everyone!! Need ferret help quick!!!

This is my 4th ferret. I believe this is definately abnormal
behaviour, without a doubt.

Yes it is the vets opinion that the best thing to do would be to put
him down, but after a few days of observation, if he doesn't improve.
The ferret, Sterling, is about 3 months old.
They did blood tests as follows: blood sugar, with a result of 176
they checked for toxins, they came back negative. They did 3 liver
counts, all the numbers came back fine except one test, the number
count was very SLIGHTLY elevated. The vet said it certainly wouldn't
explain his behaviour. They also checked for meningitus and a few
other things I can't remember, they all came bad negative. They found
nothing. They also thought rabies or distemper, but he wouldn't be
eating and going to the bathroom normally. There would be vomiting
and diarrea. So they were ruled out.

He couldn't have gotten into anything poisonous. I have locks on all
of my cupboards so they can't get into them.
The best way for me to describe his symptoms is he rears up like a
scared cat. He'll make hissing noises, and he'll scream.
Because I'm not sure of his reactions, now when I handle him with
gloves, he's biting, and also biting small stuffed animals. But he's
not doing it in a playfull way, it's aggressive. He even has
a "crazed" look about him.
I also have thought of a brain tumor.
He did have ear mites, which they have treated him for. He CERTAINLY
is NOT being or has never been abused. To me he seems to have
dementia. And when he is having one of his aggressive episodes, he
looks as though he is looking at something.
I'm so frustrated. I've never seen or heard of this ever. I don't
know what my next step should be, or how long I should wait before I
let him go.
The vet that saw him also consulted with an exotic expert, and it was
his opionion that Sterlings pronoses was very bleck.
I hope this info will give you somemore insite into this partically
I just hope he's not suffering in anyway!

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