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From: "Terrennce"
Date: 2008-07-31 13:53:56 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] ferret advice

hi there my wife and I had nine ferrets until this morning when i
woke up to go to the bathroom and found our approx. 5.5 yo silver and
white female, Gypsy, not with-us. We've had her approx. 1 year, when
we got her she had earlier been shot with a pellet gun in a home
break-in and her mate was killed. she made it though but was a very
petite gal.

a couple of weeks ago one of our males, Scorpio, 2.5-3 yo
wouldn't go to bathroom and we took him to the vet and the put him on
a couple of antibiotics and took his blood and sent him home he is
doing better but doesn't have alot of energy he'll eat his treats but
soon finds a nap site and goes back to sleep, also where they shaved
him at his fur isnt growing back.

Back to Gypsy, a week ago she came
up with kinda the same symptoms so instead of paying another 400
dollars to a vet that never did give us a reason for what was going
on and wanting to run more tests and a biopsy, which, im told is not
recommended, and would cost total a thousand dollars, im sorry i love
my ferrets more than anything in life but im not made of money i make
like ten dollars an hour.

So we finished the medicine amox. and
metronidazole and force fed her with a syringe meat based baby food,
pedialyte, kibble, canned ferret food, water mix and made sure she
was drinking water for over a week but noticed she started shedding
all over yesterday.

My concerns first why after all of our efforts
with Gypsy did she die and secondly of Scorpio why he doesn't have
the energy and why his fur isnt growing back in and is there a way of
learning how to treat ferrets to avoid the high costs of vets or to
divert them because it already costs a lot to care for eight ferrets
of which are rescues from homes that couldn't provide for them.


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