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From: "Jeff"
Date: 2010-10-13 04:04:17 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Morphy's Mouth
To: "Ferret Health List" <>

Morphy (male, about 4 years old) has a problem with his mouth. He stopped eating his soup (or anything else) 8 days ago, and I brought him to the vet the next day, as I had an appt. for others anyway. He had teeth pulled a year ago and a full cleaning, so the vet checked his teeth and gums, and although there was a little bit of gingivitis, it didn't seem enough to be causing the problem. The vet did see a cut or ulceration inside his cheek, and told me to give him amoxicillin and a little bit of prednisolone to try to heal it up. He also told me to give him a little torbugesic for the pain.

Well, a week later, it's still the same. Morphy won't eat on his own and I have to syringe feed him. The only time he'll eat a little bit of soup on his own is when he's first had some of the torbugesic, but it really knocks him out afterwards, so I don't like giving it to him. Even 0.2 ml puts him into heavy sedation for hours afterwards. He's losing weight. He grinds his teeth when being fed, but there are definitely not ulcer issues. His poops are very solid and no signs of blood, dried or otherwise. However, his urine, which is usually on the clear side, is very dark yellow, almost with an orange tint. He is urinating a lot in volume, so he seems plenty hydrated, from the soup and from the water that he will drink on his own. But I'm left wondering what some other possibilities could be. He still runs around and hides his toys with almost normal energy, even though he's losing weight (he was on the thin side to begin with). But I'm wondering if there might be
some kind of problem below the surface of the teeth. It seems to be his right side, and the upper teeth more than the lower.

In Memory of Neo, Trinity, Possum, Pip, Misty, Frodo, Baggins, and Mr. Parker
Caring for Luna, Morphy, Baby Girl, Dozer, Pop, Sabrina, and Minnie Mouse

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