Message Number: FHL14147 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Debbie Hunton
Date: 2011-10-15 17:48:11 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Information Needed

I searched the archives, and don't find any reference to what I'm facing, so I wanted to get the answers/experiences in the record...
What are the possible causes of bleeding from the anus in a ferret?
In my case, this is an older ferret (over 6.5 years, possibly more, as he was a rescue), no other symptoms except general lethargy. There is no sign of a rectal prolapse. The blood is red, not the dark (almost black) color that would come from an ulcer or other issue. It comes in "releases" - a whole bunch at once (enough to leave a quarter-sized puddle) and then not again for hours.
The emergency vet could put him down, but doesn't really have enough ferret experience to treat anything. The little guy does not seem to be suffering at all, so we are doing the best we can to get him through until the regular vet opens on Monday.
In this case, he does have bad teeth, so has been eating duck soup and Bandits and other soft items; so a vitamin deficiency is not impossible.
Again, advice on how best to support him until Monday would be welcome, but I'm primarily wanting to get possible causes into the archives.

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