Message Number: FHL11903 | New FHL Archives Search
From: "Tressie"
Date: 2010-07-27 23:40:04 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: BALD BABY FERRET????

Lucky fuzzbutts to have found your home!

Your vet should be able to tell you if they have been spayed or descented. They may not have been unless the person selling them got them from a pet store. Check their ears - do they have any tattoos in them? Could be a couple of black dots, or a letter of some sort.

Ferrets do not tolerate heat very well and being in an enclosed glass aquarium without food or water would have been brutal for them. They were fortunate to have survived at all.

Cooking the chicken and turkey is a good thing. You can soak the ferret kibble in some water and it will get soft in about an hour and then you can mush it up and add the ccoked chicken and turkey to it. Leave dry ferret kibble available all the time for them to munch on.

What are their stools like? Mushy, watery, firm, pudding-like, mucousey, etc.?? Colour - green, yellow, black, brown, brown with little yellow balls, etc.??

I think you will find the Schilling book very helpful. Another excellent book you can download for free is the Ferret Owner's Manual by Dick Bossart:

The only error if you get an older publication is that raisins are suggested as treats. Do NOT give them raisins! We know now that they can cause kidney failure in ferrets as well as other animals.

Did the seller give you any sort of health certificate for the alleged distemper shot they received? Without proof, I would be skeptical that they received any.

They are still young enough that with ongoing veterinary care, attention from their new human family, love, nutritious food and regular handling they can get healthier, despite their poor start in life.



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