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Kalimata
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« on: May 29, 2007, 11:34:01 AM »

We had an incident on the weekend that we felt we had to share with everyone, as a reminder, and a warning.

At 06:30 in the morning, Jen woke up to the sound of a ferret retching.  She went to the cage, and found Luna, our eldest female, throwing up.  She picked her up, and she was listless, and a pinch of the skin showed her to be very dehydrated.  

We gave her some ferelax, and watched her carefully.  She went to the litterbox and tried to do her buisness, but to no avail.  She crept into a cuddle cup, and lay down, panting.  Worried, I called Beechwood animal hospital, and got her an appointment.  A preliminary inspection proved her to be severly dehydrated.  Palpation didn't reveal anything in her bowels, so we went with an X-ray, and it's a good thing we did.

Luna's bowels were ballooned out, and her stomach was full, despite her not having eaten in at least 4 hours.  Concerned that it may be a blockage, Dr. O'Meara gave her a barrium swallow, and took some more X-rays.  Lo and behold, after 2 hours the barrium hadn't moved from her tummy.  Dr. O'Meara scrubbed up at 16:00, and opened Luna up.

Sure enough, there was a blockage, just past her stomach.  The offending piece of material was a little bigger then the eraser of a pencil, and purple.  We believe it to be a piece of a toy that the kids had destroyed months earlier.  Luna usually doesn't chew on toys, and never gets into anything she isn't supposed to.

She is recovering from her surgery right now, and doing well, all things considered.  Jen and I are absolutely fascist about making sure that there is nothing around that can harm our babies.  We monitor the toys they play with on a very regular and frequent basis.  This just goes to prove that you must always be on guard for dangers to your babies.  Make yourself familiar with the symptoms of an intestinal blockage, and never ever assume that just because your kids don't chew things that they are immune to this danger.

Signs of a possible blockage:

Vomiting
Listless or exhausted behavior
Refusal to eat or drink
Going to the litter box but not having poops
Dehydration.

These signs cannot be ignored, and require an immediate vet visit.  Palpation doesn't always reveal a blockage, so if X-rays are offered, take them!  An intestinal blockage WILL result in death if untreated.  As always, prevention is the best way to go, because the surgery is very expensive.  We were lucky...

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« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2007, 12:43:08 PM »

Sad  but I am releived to hear that she is recovering and doing well...  
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« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2007, 01:58:50 PM »

Thank goodness! Luna must have had an angel watching over her! Glad to hear she's on the road to recovery.

And you're absolutely right, kalimata. Being a ferret parent requires 100% diligence and knowing everything there is to know about their fuzzies. It takes a special person to be a ferret parent and thank goodness Luna had you!

Sending positive vibes your way...
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