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From: "Tressie"
Date: 2008-05-15 21:46:53 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: Cloudy Cornea in a 3 year old male

Hi Scott,

I have adopted 3 Ohio rescues that are allegedly from the same
litter, they are around one year-old. Two of them have cataracts
(confirmed by vet). One already had cataracts when I adopted her,
the other one had one literally appear overnight, while the other eye
is slowly and more gradually clouding over. And strange as it may
seem the cataracts appear to come and go in intensity. It may the
quality of ambient light but I don't think so. Sometimes the eyes
look quite opaque - other times there's only a slight cloudy patch
and at other times its barely discernible. I expect an opthamologist
may be able to explain better why that would be.

According to Fox (1998) cataract formation can be excacerbated by a
mink diet and a genetic predisposition makes it more probable. The
DMK ferrets definitely were fed a mink diet and the genetics are
presumed. Mine are scheduled to be seen by a visiting opthamologist
this summer as well. Cataract surgery for ferrets doesn't appear to
be available but medical science is always advancing so may be an
option in future.

They seem to have adjusted as most blind ferrets do.

I'll be interested to know what the opthamologist says about your
little one. When is her/his appointment?


--- In, "scott1ct" <scott1ct@...> wrote:
> Last week I noticed my 3 year old had one eye that was clouded over.
> ...
> How fast can a cataract come on (he had yearly checkup in beginning
> feb)?
> Any diet deficiencies seen to cause this in ferrets (vitamin A, too
much fat)?
> Thanks
> scott


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