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Offline Brookelle

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Ferret in desperate help!!!!!!!
« on: August 10, 2014, 04:07:21 PM »
This is a desperate plea to anyone and everyone.
Two days ago I rescued my pet ferret Zoobooks from the neglectful family that I had entrusted to take care of him due to at the time my inability to give him the time, love, and attention that ferrets need to thrive.
He is in horrible condition. Granted he may have Adrenal Disease which could have caused the hair loss.. But, he is very lethargic only exerting normal ferret energy for short intervals, with little to no appetite. He has dark marks on parts of his body. And, it is obvious that he suffers from severe malnutrition from the way his bones are showing.
My first day with him he was in a "bad condition" but it was not immediately life threatening.... Or so I thought until last night.
The person that I entrusted to care for Zoo yesterday while I was at work gave him pedialyte without really knowing what they were doing. They could have gave him anywhere from 12-18 mL of pedialyte before I got home from work.
On my arrival I came home to him giving Zoobooks trail mix chips despite my protests.
Soon afterwards I noticed him acting very strange. Just laying in the floor instead of in a blanket, not really moving around at all. He started to make strange sounds, what I believe to be chocking sounds, he began to retch and eventual vomit a little, but continued to retch. His breathing became very very labored even making sounds in efforts to breath. The chocking, occasional retching, intense labored breathing, extreme lethargy, continued throughout last night. It was such an extremely horrific experience, I was sure he was dying. Thankfully that was not the case.
Today he is "better" and he let me syringe feed him today, but it is apparent that he is still feeling horrible....
Is there anything I can do for him to provide some sort of relief??
And, does
anyone have any idea what could have caused last night?? And how I can prevent that from ever happening again.
Thank yo

Offline mutewolf

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Re: Ferret in desperate help!!!!!!!
« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2014, 04:24:41 PM »
Please get him to a vet immediately. Adrenal disease is fatal and if he has large amounts of hair loss, then the adreneal has been left untreated for a very long time and needs to be dealt with immediately. A deslorelin implant can help slow the progress and even reverse many of the effects.

What do you mean by dark spots on his body? Like bruises?

The lethargy could be from malnutrition or the adreneal. Something like duck soup would be a great way to get nutrients into him. Lots of high protein, easy to digest meats. Pedialyte is fine in small amounts but it is very sugary and if he has undetected insulinoma, it could cause many, many other issues.

Go to a vet. Look into CareCredit, ask for a payment plan, anything. Zoo needs a vet immediately.

Offline Brookelle

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Re: Ferret in desperate help!!!!!!!
« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2014, 04:52:34 PM »
Yes I suppose they are like bruises.
I just got him into my care Friday night, and I didn't think his condition was immediately  life threatening until last night. Unfortunetly for me, there are no pet hospitals or vets open on Sunday. But, I will be going tomorrow morning.

Is there anything I can do for him until then?

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Re: Ferret in desperate help!!!!!!!
« Reply #3 on: August 10, 2014, 07:01:06 PM »
Hmm, I'm not sure what to say about the spots. My only thoughts are bruises or pigmented skin.

I'd just keep trying to get fluids and food into him. As much fresh water as you handle getting into him, and offering his usual kibble. If he won't eat on his own, try meat baby food, Carnivore Care, or mixing the kibble with warm water into a mush and feeding him that.

I forgot it was Sunday. Most frustrating day to have an ill bub.

Offline RattieEnthusiast

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Re: Ferret in desperate help!!!!!!!
« Reply #4 on: August 11, 2014, 05:03:28 AM »
How is he feeling this morning?