Date: 2011-01-01 15:54:47 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Young ferret low body temp
My two year old ferret, who has a history of enteritis, was not feeling well , generally inactive (highly unusual),making little whimpering sounds when cuddled, and not eating well. She also shivered. This started christmas eve and i started her on omeprazole, and chloremphenical. She weighs 1 pound 10 ounces. I talked to the vet and had an appt scheduled for new years eve but by mid week she was much better so i cancelled my appt ( mistake) this morning i noticed she suddenly had relapsed into an inactive shivering state. I took her temp and it is 94.4 degrees! I put her on low heating pad. She is much perkier an hour later.
What could cause a sudden low body temp on an normally young healthy ferret? I plan on getting her back to the vets monday but any suggestions?
Thank you. bonnie
[This ferret may very well need an emergency appointment
so call your vet's emergency number and ask. There may
be infection, or internal bleeding, or several other
possibilities. Hopefully, your thermometer was wrong.
This was rectal temp, right? That is the assumption in
this comment. Normal ferret rectal temp is 101 to 102'F.
If that is rectal temp you gave then expect a prompt trip to
the emergency vet.
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