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From: John Lewington
Date: 2010-09-28 02:55:01 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re:Is thi common?

Hi all,
Ear plugs can be a real menace to indoor living ferrets. In
WA people in the mining regions work shifts and use them when sleeping in the
daytime. One worker kept a ferret(in air conditioned unit)
and the ferret found the ear plug on the floor and because it was waxy eat it.
Unfortunately in the north vets were miles away and the
ferret died before it was ever treated.
With ferrets the tale of ear plugs and anything rubber
which a ferret can get to comes under the banner
of Prevention/Prevention/Prevention.
Ferrets should not have any rubber or the like toys and you
have to be one step, or one whisker, ahead of the inquisitive animal
in the house.
A long while ago I did have a sick adult pet ferret pass a
50x140 mm part of a toy rubber elephant's foot on the consultation
table. A week
previous I had seen the ferret as being 'off colour' and
asked if there was rubber toys around. The elephant was missing. The owner was
reluctant to go for an exploratory operation on the ferret.
I suggested we try giving the ferret medicinal liquid
paraffin by mouth and the owner brought the ferret in twice daily for
me to give
0.25 ml per os using a 1ml tuberculin syringe. Ferrets
usually lap up oils and paraffin is a good gently laxative in small
doses. The owner,
on instruction, supported the sick ferret by giving honey
in water and also a vitamin/mineral suppliment by mouth during the day
using a tuberculin syringe in small volumes. And to check
the scats! The drawn out treatment had success as shown.
In a first instance of suspecting rubber f/bs the use of
small volumes of oil could be tried.
Ferrets do have vomiting reflex but once object is past
the stomach it doesn't help.

Dr John H Lewington. MRCVS Author 'Ferret
Husbandry,Medicine and Surgery' Elsevier 2007


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