Message Number: FHL12826 | New FHL Archives Search
From: "Tressie"
Date: 2011-02-02 00:02:37 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: My ferret stuart little is not feeling well...:(

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> So I took him to the vet. they did blood work, xrays, a full examination, gave him barium, an enema(spelling) and a laxative to take home. She told me that it looked like he was constipated, to rub his belly alot and to give him the laxative (laxotone) every 8 hours.

Does sound like he may have had a partial obstruction, which wouldn't necessarily show up on an x-ray. I am assuming he had a barium x-ray?? Were there a lot of gas pockets on the x-ray?
> I asked about the duck soup I made (which consisted of organic chicken baby food, 100%natural pumpkin and ensure milk) she said also that was fine. I have been taking my babies here for years so I trust what she is telling me.

Did she have any idea what might have caused the constipation?? Is it possible you misunderstood what she meant?

A tumor, hairball or foreign object could cause difficulty that might appear like constipation.

There are motility issues that are associated with various GI diseases. Has this been ruled out?

Does he have a prolapsed rectum?
> Now afte the vet visit, he started pooping, not like he used to but alot was coming out (which she said when he starts hes gonna poop alot) but now whenever I left him out the cage he will run for the box, go back to his food, run for the box, go back, etc etc. I took him out this morning and he just poops a little goes to the food box and 30 secs later he goes right back to the box like hes gotta poop.

The laxative may be doing its job too well and is causing him to strain and feel like he has to go, but there's nothing left to pass.

I just dont know what to do...he doesnt bounce around like he used to anymore.
> Its breaking my heart to see him like this, please if anyone has any advice or has been throught this please respond back to this.Thank you.-tearful stuart owner :(

Call the vet and let her know that you are worried and wonder whether maybe the laxative dose should be adjusted?

Until all systems are working as they should he will be feeling under the weather - this is to be expected.



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