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From: Sukie Crandall
Date: 2010-09-05 20:13:51 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Hilbert passed today
To: fhl <>, Ferret Mailing List <ferret-l@LISTSERV.FERRETMAILINGLIST.ORG>

His kidneys failed him and he had a mercy shot as the final gift.
This was his fourth time in life with a life-threatening urinary tract
illness. If he had not had the other three near failures something of
this size may not have been enough to take him. On the other hand,
due to diligent care (IV, subcu, surgery, and more) he got another 7
years of life after his kidneys almost failed him the first time.
Steve and I are very grateful for those 7 years. People are not
supposed to have favorites, but Steve and I both think that he may
well have been the best animal either of us ever had in our lives.

Hilbert was a perfect example of why veterinary care is so very
important, and why IV and then patience and loads of careful home care
can give a ferret so much more quality time if the ferret is not very
old. His first bout of kidney disease was so severe that it took him
a year to get back to full energy and a year and half to get back to
full weight. Instead of dying in his first year he passed just shy of
8 years old thanks to excellent care whenever he needed it. He was
worth every hour and every dollar.

He had more than one terminal condition at the time he passed and they
were pretty much in a race to see which got too bad first.

Hilbert's final resting place is in a shady grove near a pond with a
large piece of shale forming a one-rock cairn that covers the top of
his grave. Deer bed down near there; he'd probably have found that

To those on the Ferret Health List: please, remember that the FHL
does not take sympathy posts which don't contain new health
information. I can not promise to have time to answer sympathy posts
promptly. It will depend on whether I find physical work more
comforting or not and on how many arrive, so patience, please.

Sukie (not a vet)

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"All hail the procrastinators for they shall rule the world tomorrow."
(2010, Steve Crandall)


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