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From: "katt_patt"
Date: 2012-01-04 17:17:16 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] New rescue of mine - suspect heart issues but wonder about oversized head

Hi. I run a small rescue in WA state and have taken in a ferret whose
head is the largest/broadest I have seen. He reminds me of kits.
Oversized head and smaller rear. He has a very broad nose, large round
deepset eyes.

Now among his problems are these: hindend weakness, possible lack of
bowel control, wheezing, very tired and skinny.

He was born approximately March 2010. Bought from Petco and had wheezed
from day one. Owner didn't know it was wrong for him to act this way.
She also didn't know how to take care of their nails very well. Lack of
cage cleaning was also a downfall. Now when I took their cage apart I
noticed a lot of feces in the hammocks. Since they have been with me
(has healthy cagemate) I have not seen any poo on the hammocks. But
when he walks around sometimes he poos and just doesn't seem to notice.
Owner noted that she had not been able to get them out much - or maybe
at all in the past month or so. Cage is the Super Pet purple shelf unit
with green slide. They at least had some move around room there. He
does okay but not well to climb to the top of the cage to get his food.
He has what appears to be muscle atrophy so I want some climbing
exercises. They were on Marshalls and cat food. Employee at Petco said
to only feed Marshalls or you void the warranty. They are RCF ferrets
so obviously they had no idea what they were talking about.

The size of his head is the largest I have ever seen. I have two RCF
ferrets who are at 3.5 and 4lbs and don't come close to his head
size/width. He heads to the vet this week but what am I up against? I
really think he has a heart condition. But are the larger then average
head size a sign of something else?

Thanks - I will post pics in the Photos area under Sammy's Clubhouse
which is my rescue. His name is Hog.


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