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From: "pigleeownee"
Date: 2010-11-02 01:29:02 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] 9 ounces one month

[2 posts as one]

How does a ferret gain 9 ounces in 1 month! I am worried to say the least. I am calling the vet tomorrow and we will get her right in. I checked old weight records and her weight had gone up to 2.6 3/8 (last spring)as the highest ever but she has never been this huge and gained it so quickly. Last month she was 2 pounds. I do not feel anything hard in her belly but the other 2 ferrets feel more smooshy. She is proportionate and has a healthy beautiful coat. She is going to the bathroom fine and has an interest in investigating and runs to chase the noise of the bag with her NBONE chew treat inside. She just doesn't play she lays there lazy all day. Her eyes are watery. Had her at the vet 3 weeks ago for a cyst removal and mentioned her slowing down dramatically. (Oh she just turned 4 in Sept.) They did blood work and the vet said she looked fine to do the cyst removal. Now she seems more lazy then ever but also so obese. She gets free roam in a penned in bedroom with her two
sisters. I worry about her heart. Would that make her eyes water? They seem watery to me. She has always been a sniffly ferret with watery eyes for as far back as I can remember. This worries me too. Do ferrets ever gain weight this quick for the winter? I bought a ferret leash to start exercising her around the house after the vet gives her heart a check up since she seems too lazy and uninterested in the ferret bedroom. This weight has crept up so fast. Any thoughts? So maybe a chest xray is in order? Do obese ferrets breath faster because they are obese?


I have to add she is eating all the time. She lays there and eats! I wonder if
ferrets can get tumors on their hypothalamus(if I remember right) that could
alter their sensors to tell them when they are full or not.

[A chest x-ray is very much in order. If the
weight gain is ascites then heart disease
is among the possibilities.

-- Moderator]


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