Message Number: FHL5514 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Ashley Schultz
Date: 2008-07-15 18:02:37 UTC
Subject: Re: [ferrethealth] Ferret not eating

I don't know if you can do this with ferrets, but have you tried force feed=
ing her with a syringe? My mom used to rescue baby animals all the time (sq=
uirrels, rabbits, birds, monkeys, dogs, cats, etc.) and when she had an ani=
mal that didn't eat she would use a syringe to force feed it. It sounds har=
sh but really isn't that bad. Usually after a few days they would eat on th=
eir own again.
Good luck!!

[IMPORTANT moderator note:
On the advice of FHL veterinarians we always try to carry a
warning that syringe feeding can lead to aspiration pneumonia,
so a veterinarian or a vet tech must teach this hands-on to
people before they try doing it. Luckily, usually finger feeding
or spoon feeding will work instead and there are techniques
for these described in the FHL Archives:
Syringe feeding has it's place, but safe techniques need to be
learned for it first from professionals if the other approached
do not work sufficiently.]


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