Date: 2009-11-13 23:42:12 UTC
Subject: Re: [ferrethealth] ferret with enlarged spleen
You will need to be very careful not to let her do anything too strenuous, as it could lead to a rupture of her spleen, if it's really enlarged. That would kill her. I know ferrets can have their spleens removed, but you'd need a knowledgeable ferret vet/surgeon.
As for eating, try mixing a little ferretone or Uncle Jim's Duk Soup mix with the Gerbers Stage 2, adding some water, and heating until warm, not hot. Then try sitting her on your lap with the bowl and see if she's more interested in eating. You can entice her first with the aroma of the soup, then let her lick a little off your clean finger. You can then proceed to feeding with a spoon, and hopefully at that point she'll go ahead and eat from the bowl. This usually works for us with sick ferrets. Syringe feeding is a possibility, but you have to know what you are doing, or she could inhale the food and get aspirate pneumonia. Then you'd have a major problem.
In Memory of Neo and Mr. Parker
Caring for Trinny, Morphy, Baby Girl, Luna, Dozer, and Possum the Million Dollar Ferret
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