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Date: 2011-01-05 17:19:34 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] fasting ferrets and anesthesia

Is there any reason I may not be aware of that a vet would fast a ferret 6 (six) hours as prep to giving anesthesia to inject a Deslorelin implant?

My vet has a standing rule of 3.5 hour fast and if the ferret is left at their office, they are place in an area where all staff are able to observe them for any possible crashes. I have had 10 implants done and never needed anesthesia, so I have a difficult time with anesthetizing unless the ferret cannot handle it otherwise, Plan A no aesthesia, if that fails, then resort to anesthesia as Plan B?

My understanding is fasting any longer than four hours is dangerous, I would think adding the anesthesia would certainly increase risk levels? Am I missing something here????

Avet tesponse would be greatly appreciated. Cathy Ryan

[If that advice came from staff then the
vet needs to educate the staff. If it came
from the vet then the vet might not know
ferrets well or may have a special reason
and should be asked what that reason is.

Years ago we DID have one who needed
fasts, but he had a stomach malformation
(genetic) which prevented him from
emptying in anything approaching a
normal speed and it was his stomach
problem which finally killed him though
surgeries got him extra time. That is
a rare problem.

-- Moderator]


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