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From: Chelsey Baker-Hauck
Date: 2007-05-11 17:00:41 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re:Please read this everyone!! Need ferret help quick!!!

Something similar happened to me several years back when one of my
kits bit a houseplant (a "mother-in-law's tongue"). He didn't
actually eat any--no pieces were missing--but he had hypersalivation,
temp. blindness, halucinations and psychosis. It passed after several
days. All tests were normal. I know it was the plant because I tore
the place up looking for anything and discovered tiny fang marks in
this plant. Never figured out how he got to it, and we don't know
what might have happened had he ingested more. He made a full
recovery with no organ damage, but died four years later of lymphoma.
The only other case of a psychotic ferret I've seen was years ago
with adrenal disease; one of my males became so aggressive he could
no longer be handled normally. He would be fine one moment and then
the next trying to rip my hand off. He would lock on to whatever he
could and try to kill it. I remember one time standing on the back of
my sofa with the broom and the phone to call my boyfriend to come and
help me. The ferret was below hissing and shrieking and trying to
attack. Very scary. Is there any chance this could be hormonal somehow?


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