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From: "Meryl Faulkner"
Date: 2008-07-22 19:47:20 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Trodden on ferret

Thank you to everyone who responded. I did get Ferris to the vet - a
little later than I should probably have done. I think if he had
showed any sign of lethargy I would have driven him to the emergency
clinic - however since the good clinic was an hour away and I already
had waited a part of the day before posting and he started to run
around, I waited for my own vet to look at him.

She pronounced him fine - I also asked her to do a radiograph since
when I originally adopted him as a rescue from her clinic, we noticed
he had a slight hump in the pelvic area of his spinal cord which she
thought was either an old injury or a congenital deformity. Turned out
it probably was a birth defect, since the vertebra look "tented" but
apparently his spinal cord is fine.

Re caging, since both of the humans in the house are at home and up at
weird hours, we would have to keep them caged all the time. In my
defense, in 30 years I've only had three accidents : closing a sliding
glass door on a ferret head - head was fine ferret was pissed; having
a young ferret fall 8 ft from a stair down to a tile floor - he landed
like a Garfield - flat, breathless, screamed and then bit me - he's
still fine 3yrs later; and finally my flatfooted house mate treading
on Ferris, who now stares out suspiciously from his kitchen drawer
(where 3 of the ferrets sleep/lie during the day) My house mate will
probably look a bit more cautiously before he steps in future.

My veterinarian commented that if asked for advice, most people would
say - since they cannot observe the animal - take the animal in to a

Ferris thanks everyone who was kind enough to respond, I wish his
original owners had been as caring as the folks on this list.


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