Message Number: FHL12369 | New FHL Archives Search
From: "hokeysmokes"
Date: 2010-10-20 14:49:34 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Young ferret, healthy appetite?

New member here, so please, bear with me.

We're relatively new to ferrets as companions, having obtained our first one last December. He was 10 months old so we never got to see what a really young ferret was like. Our second ferret was also 10 months old when she came to us.

Our newest, Tucker, has a monumental appetite. He eats (and eliminates) so much that I decided that I had to start limiting his access to food. He also drinks a lot of water. In fact, when he's eating he'll take frequent breaks to get a drink. His stools are runny and sometimes formless. Usually, and I hope this isn't too graphic, if I hear him eliminating, there's a definite "splat" sound. His stools are on the yellowish side of tan, too, and sometimes look a bit grainy.

His vet has told us she detected a heart murmur during his exam and she also said that if there's one health problem there's often more than one.

Our first two ferrets (quasi-rescues) are quite healthy and appear happy, and we'd like Tucker to be as healthy as possible, but until we figure out why he's got such a huge appetite and what to do about it, he's going to be hungry all the time.

Thanks in advance,



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