Message Number: FHL14530 | New FHL Archives Search
From: "katt_patt"
Date: 2012-01-07 16:29:13 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: New rescue of mine - suspect heart issues but wonder about oversized head

There are pics of Hog, my boy, in the photos area of the group. Sammys
Clubhouse is the folder.

Well a week of evaluation and we have found out the issues with Hog.

Large head, smaller then average body length (for head and feet) are
probably caused by him being a runt. Since the owner bought him and
provided him with Marshalls food from day one and he never grew longer.
Not the best food but I don't see it causing the lack of body growth and
neither did the vet.

His original hindend weakness has disapeared so it is possible that lack
of out of cage and highly possible no food for an unknown time. There
is also either a chance of some light nerve damage to the hips which is
either when he was at the breeder or with the owner. We will play a
waiting game on if there is any nerve issues.

His original problem with bowel movements has seemed to slowed down.
Again possibly the poor to no food. The first two days they ate
non-stop. Their feces has gotten firmer and less since converting to my
food. They used to poo so much I thought I had 5 ferrets in that cage
and not just two.

His wheezing has gotten a little better and the vet has him at a 2 out
of 5 heart murmer. We need to wait and see how he adjusts before
attempting any treatments. With this diagnosis he becomes a permanent
resident to my rescue and joins the educational group. We just need to
get his food obssession under control before he gets held by people.
The other food obssessed boy I have has gotten lots better but still has
his issues.

Thanks to this group to give me a list of what to check and ask the vet.
She ruled out Mycoplasmosis as he has no symptoms.


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