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From: "Ulrike"
Date: 2008-07-27 23:08:54 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] blood donors
To: <>

In the book "Essentials of ferrets" it says that blood volume in ferrets is
approx. 7 to 10 % of their body weight and in healthy animals 10 to 20 % of
this volume can be taken safely, so for example a healthy 1000 g ferret
(which would have a blood volume of 70 to 100 cc) could safely lose 7 to 20
cc of blood every 21 days". Strangely enough the book mentions that 10 % of
blood volume can be taken safely in one place and a few pages further it
says it's safe to remove 10 to 20 % of blood volume. Some of my ferrets
have been blood donors and we stayed within 10% of blood volume which looked
a lot. My ferrets didn't get any snacks after the procedure, just a good
meal when we got home. They also didn't act tired or weakened at all and
played when we got home.


----- Original Message -----
From: "wack.mole" <>
To: <>
Sent: Sunday, July 27, 2008 4:30 PM

>I was thinking of allowing my boy to be a blood donor. I understand
> there is a correlation between their body weight to the amount of blood
> that can be drawn, I'd like to know how long one has to wait before
> they can be used as a donor again. Are there any other considerations
> that should be taken into account (besides obvious health issues)? Is
> there anything that needs to be done for the donor afterwards - like
> how people get the snacks after donating blood?
> Thanks,
> Tracy


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