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From: "ayelet.erlich"
Date: 2011-04-03 17:40:58 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Eye infection?

I have a 6 years old ferret named Venus.
About a week ago I went to her room to check on her and I saw that her left eye was closed and it looked like it was painful for her to open it. The eye itself was wet from tears but there was no blood or pus.
I called my vet in the middle of the night and he prescriped an antibiotic eyedrops to use every 4 hours for at least 5 days.
1-2 days later a babysitter ferret joined us for 1 month. A few hours after its stay, he had the same symptom - Right eye was closed, but in his case the tears that dried down its eye, look a bit bloddy.
Again, I called the vet and he told me to put the same eyedrops to this ferret.

2 important points:
1. Both ferrets had a good appetite and stool.
2. I have another ferret which has not shown these symptoms although she is in direct contact with both ferrets.

After waiting 2 days I decided it's time to see the vet. He colored both of the sick ferrets' eyes and look at it in Ultra violet light.
Neither of the ferret had a trauma caused to their eyes, meaning the special color that glows in UV was not "glue" to their eyes, therefore the concultion was that it's not a scratch (which we both though it should've been because I also have 3 cats), nor dust was caught in their eye or whatever.
The vet was more worried about the babysittered ferret than my own, because its eye seems unusual - the cornea\retina (I don't remember which one) is "bolding" out of his eye.

The vet also said he doesn't know of an eye-infectious bacteria between ferret.
Without any clear answers he directed us to an eye specialist which we will see tomorrow (they have this issue for a week now).

Does any of you have any idea regarding what this mistery eye disease could be?

Thanks & Regards,
Ayelet from Israel

P.s. - sorry about my English :)


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