Date: 2009-12-01 03:33:10 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] ferrets eating foreign objects
To: "FG-FML" <ferret-l@LISTSERV.FERRETMAILINGLIST.ORG>, "FG-fbog" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Just got another hard learned lesson today. A rescue ferret I took in required emergency surgery for a foreign object in his stomach. It was two very teeny pieces of hard plastic. Last night I found a chewed up sample pack of medicine my doctor had given me. They had eaten the plastic bubbles off the front. This must have got knocked off the counter or something. (It was a med like Prevacid, so no problems in that regard, thankfully.) The pieces were small enough they should have passed right through his system. However, one was too sharp and cut into the stomach, starting a reaction that kept the pieces from passing.
For those who don't know the symptoms, he was throwing up on Friday. Ferrets do not normally throw up. He was taken to the vet. Sunday he was pawing at his mouth after drinking water, an indication something's going on with the stomach.
He's fine now, or will be after several days of meds, soup and convalescing. Debbie Whorley
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