Date: 2009-12-12 20:49:01 UTC
Subject: Re: [ferrethealth] Neuter Surgery Question..
Ross writes 'most animals', but ferrets are probably an exception to this 'general' rule.
We've had several ferrets go thru various operations in the last few years, ranging from teeth scaling and removal to insulinoma surgery. Never has our vet had a ferret fast for more than 4 hours, and with less involved surgeries, we've had our ferret have something to eat shortly before leaving the house (about 2 hours before surgery). A ferret going 12 hours fasting before surgery would seem to be detrimental, as it would weaken him/her and lessen its ability to recover more quickly. Anything more than 4 or 5 hours, the usual amount of time it takes to digest and metabolize a meal, seems excessive.
In Memory of Trinny, Neo, and Mr. Parker
Caring for Morphy, Baby Girl, Luna, Dozer, and Possum the Million Dollar Ferret
----- Original Message -----
From: Ross Poulter
It's standard proceedure to give most animals a good 12hours without food prior to surgery...
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