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From: "wanderinweasels"
Date: 2010-10-06 02:19:08 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Help with abnormal bleeding. Anyone ever heard of this before??

Has anyone had this happen or know what may have caused it?? A few nights ago when hubby and I got home little Pixie was throwing up. And her little body was limp.

I checked as best I could and couldn't find the cause and I'm very careful about what kinds of toys they play with. We couldn't find anything she could have gotten in to.

Then when she went to pee and poop there was fresh blood in it. About ten minutes later I had her on my lap wrapped in a blanket and all of a sudden a lot more blood came out of her . . all bright red.

[Where did it come from? Anus? Urethra?
-- Moderator]

It was late and no emergency vets are anywhere near so I called Sandi.

[Apparently shelter person/friend/both, but
bleeding is an emergency calling for veterinary
care so difficult situation.

Remember, too, that some things they eat, but
should not eat, can make waste look bright red. In
the past on various lists people have had that
happen with jello, candy, crayon, and a candle.
Aloe plants turn urine bright red.
-- Moderator]

She said the same thing that I had thought of and that's that something inside of her had ruptured. While I was talking to Sandi another gush of blood came out of her. About five minutes later it happened again. Hubby said that it appeared to him that she'd appeared to have lost close to an ounce of blood, which definitely isn't good.

She was calm through all of this and as I held her I could feel her breathing getting slower and slower. A few times I even thought that she'd crossed.

About thirty minutes later she started weakly fighting to get down. When I put her down she slowly headed for a pile of sleeping ferrets. I let her stay there as I knew if something happened that she wouldn't be alone.

I was fearing the worse when I woke up the next morning. I was alarmed when she wasn't where I'd left her the night before. Imagine my surprise when I found her asleep in the laundry basket. When I spoke to her and ran my hand along her body she woke right up and looked at me as if to ask me why I'd bothered her when she was sleeping so good. In a few minutes she was up and begging for her treat as she does every morning and after that had her kibble along with a nice long drink of fresh water.

The she proceeded to run and play with the others as if nothing had been wrong with her the night before!!

Poop and pee were find that morning. A trip to the vet showed nothing abnormal.

We live in our motor home which is totally ferret proofed as all of the furniture is built in. The cabinets all close very tightly as they are fixed so they won't open when traveling. No chemicals are stored up in the RV. They are all stored in the compartments underneath.

Has anyone else ever heard of this?? It really has Sandi, a few vets and me totally stumped. Any info will be greatly appreciated.

[Comments and questions inserted between lines by moderator.]


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