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From: Shay
Date: 2011-09-10 17:29:14 UTC
Subject: Re: [ferrethealth] Hacking Cough
To: "" <>

I agree that he  needs to be seen by our vet.. We live in a small town and this is the only exotics vet in the valley.. All the other vets I have called have referred me back to my vet.. My vet not only deals with ferrets but birds and other exotics as well as the Zoo's animals..  I have found no other vet in my area that has knowledge of ferrets.. I would not be comfortable taking him to someone that does not know ferrets because he could be misdiagnosed and mistreated in which case he could die.. As a matter of fact I took him to another vet when we 1st moved here and she told me that his bladder was going to explode and she wanted to drain his bladder..  But then recommended I take  him to the specialist.. So I immediately saw the exotics specialist and he told me it was not his bladder but cysts which have since diminished since being on the implant.. What would have happened had I let that 1st vet drain his bladder?.. He is eating and playing

My vet is open saturdays.. This is the 1st time I literally could not afford to take him to the vet.. My fiance just got a new job and were two weeks out before the 1st check.. I dont want to be judged here.. I have taken very good care of my Miko.. He has a huge cage and playpen tons of free roam play time and has been taken to the vet whenever it was needed.. Hes 6 years old and his only  heath problems have been the adrenal disease (which is has the implant for)  one bladder infection (which he was on antibiotics for) and a tumor on his tail that we had removed.. Ive had ferrets for many years and Im not stupid or naive when it comes to their health.. I know that theyre very sensitive and even something that seems minor could be fatal.. I posted the original message HOPING someone else had been thru something similar and could give some insight.. There have been only 2 people here on this group that opened their hearts and
offered advice.. Thank you to you two!.. To everyone else I already know he needs a vet visit as I posted originally and I dont appreciate being judged.. Everyone  has had a "hard time" in their lives when things were difficult.. So please dont act like you are above anyone else because Im sure just about everyone on this group has "been there"... That being said I appreciate the input and I will let everyone know what it is as soon as I get him seen.. Thank you and have a wonderful weekend!

[Without the additional background you have now provided, it would have been impossible to know your level of experience or knowledge about ferrets. We often receive posts from truly inexperienced people and sometimes it requires a simple, strong directive, such as "get the ferret to a vet!", especially if the description given indicates a potentially fatal outcome without veterinary intervention. While at times it may appear that there is an apparent lack of sensitivity, I can assure you that is not the case. Some communication styles are hard, matter-of-fact, others communicate more softly. But we all share a profound love and caring of ferrets, and that is the consistent bottom line. Therefore, we ask ourselves "What does this ferret need, and what should the owner do, or know, to best meet that need?" - Moderator (TD)].


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