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Title: Did you hear the one about the ferret who ate a newt?
Post by: Georgiesmom on March 01, 2010, 12:22:19 PM
I get a call from Auntie Jen, “Can I meet her at the vet’s office as there is a very sick, surrendered ferret that she would like me to foster”?   Jen has her work cut out with many very sick ferrets already and this guy could be a danger to their already poor health.
 
This sickly ferret wheezed, sneezed, coughed and scratched throughout his first night, he had duck soup before bed with his meds and some supplements but he had a miserable first night and I feared for what I would find in the morning.  This ferret had sores around his eyes, in his ears and around his mouth; his whole head was one big mess, possibly, the sores were on his insides too.  In the morning I was met by a pair of beautiful eyes shining out of a horribly sore face but the coughing, sneezing and wheezing had abated.    

The next day I am reading the comprehensive notes that accompanied this ferret, the owner explaining that this condition had been ongoing for two years and that the owners no longer knew what to do for him.  It also mentioned that two years previously the ferret had eaten a Fire Bellied Newt!  Not knowing anything of reptiles, I Googled it (Jen with confirm that I have stalking tendencies).  Wiki informed me that should a human eat this newt they would become very sick.  I email the link to Beth who informed Dr Cheryl; the cultures confirm the presence of a marine water bacterium (I can’t spell the name of it) in the ferret.  Dr C changed the antibiotic and within a week the scabs were falling off and fur is slowly beginning to grow in their place.   We are 3 weeks into a 6 week course of Baytril but already this ferret is transformed, he is living with my gang and he seems quite happy.  I think he may lose some claws as they were very badly infected, he is gaining weight and his unpleasant odour is fading.  Apparently there could also be some liver damage but we’ll get that checked when we next see Auntie Dr Cheryl.  

My OH, who usually rolls his eyes as ferrets come and go from the house, felt so sorry for this poorly ferret that he asked me if we could keep him!  It’s not that OH doesn’t like the ferrets he just doesn’t spend as much time with them as I do, he points and asks “Who’s that then”?   I usually answer “That’s George, we’ve had him for 3 years”.   I must insist, should we keep this ferret that OH does not keep referring to him as ‘scabby guy’.  We’ll call him Arthur.  


Title: Re: Did you hear the one about the ferret that ate a newt?
Post by: Georgiesmom on March 16, 2010, 09:31:18 PM
This coming Thursday Arthur will end his 6 week course of Baytril and he is looking fantastic.  Just a few small sores remaining and his paws have a way to go.  I am ashamed to say I was shocked and a little repulsed when I first saw him, now he is unrecognisable as the pitiful little guy I first met.   Thankfuly his unpleasant odour has gone as well so that makes him nicer to be around. 


Title: Re: Did you hear the one about the ferret that ate a newt?
Post by: Georgiesmom on April 05, 2010, 12:36:51 PM
Arthur's face is lesion free at last.  I have been apply Baytril directly to the last stubborn sores (as directed by Dr Cheryl).  His extremely sensitive feet are still a bit scabby and his claws are thick and discoloured.  As I write, Arthur is taking lessons from George on how to escape the playroom, clearly Arthur is a quick learner as both of them were in the bathroom eating soap.  Earlier today the lesson was how to upturn the cat's water fountain and really make me mad!  Yelling is a waste of time, George has selective hearing (but he can hear the treat tub being opened even when he is sleeping)  and Arthur is deaf.    



Title: Re: Did you hear the one about the ferret that ate a newt?
Post by: Annie on April 12, 2010, 05:54:01 AM
Amazing story!  Do you have before-after pictures of Arthur?


Title: Re: Did you hear the one about the ferret that ate a newt?
Post by: Georgiesmom on April 12, 2010, 10:33:39 AM
I do Annie, I will post them soon. 

I am hoping Jen will post a pic of the ferret she collected as a surrender yesterday.  It turned out to be a mink!!

Jen, I'm not laughing at you, I'm laughing with you x   


Title: Re: Did you hear the one about the ferret that ate a newt?
Post by: Annie on April 13, 2010, 07:10:38 PM
LOLOL   :D  I want to see that minky ferret too!

Glad to hear you will post the pics of Arthur soon. 



Title: Re: Did you hear the one about the ferret that ate a newt?
Post by: Georgiesmom on April 26, 2010, 02:35:58 PM
We're still having on going issues with Arthur.  Whilst the sores on his face and body are a thing of the past his paws are much worse, at least as bad as when he first came to me.  We are applying a topical Baytril now and he still has oral Baytril (I flavour it with Strawberry syrup to make it more palatable). 

Dr Cheryl warned that this was a nasty infection and it is proving to be just that.


Title: Re: Did you hear the one about the ferret that ate a newt?
Post by: Georgiesmom on May 06, 2010, 08:33:13 PM
I have just returned from the vet with Arthur who is not in a good shape.
The vet took more cultures and changed his meds.  This is so frustrating because he was doing so well on the Baytril and his sores were almost healed and now this. 


Title: Re: Did you hear the one about the ferret that ate a newt?
Post by: alliemackie on May 06, 2010, 11:51:06 PM
Oh shoot. :( And things were going well! Fingers crossed that this batch of meds helps.

Such a fascinating story, little Arthur!


Title: Re: Did you hear the one about the ferret that ate a newt?
Post by: Georgiesmom on May 07, 2010, 10:31:31 AM
I have just collected his new meds, Teva-Sulfameth, we'll see how that goes but I know it is going to be tough on his kidneys, it will be ironic if he actually dies due to kidney failure after all this.  I'm going to try daily baths too, I am so disappointed.


Title: Re: Did you hear the one about the ferret that ate a newt?
Post by: Annie on May 12, 2010, 06:58:57 PM
And?  How is it going?


Title: Re: Did you hear the one about the ferret that ate a newt?
Post by: Georgiesmom on May 12, 2010, 07:22:35 PM
Hard to tell really.  The wounds are kind of drying up (sorry to anyone eating), previously they were a sticky, smelly mess.  The scabs have formed but there is gunk underneath.  The cultures aren't back yet and I am eagerly awaiting those.  Poor guy though, his feet are so sore he can't manage to go up the ladder in his cage.  If the sulfameth fails I don't know where we go from here.
I'm going to put his latest pictures on our facebook fan page.  


Title: Re: Did you hear the one about the ferret that ate a newt?
Post by: Georgiesmom on May 18, 2010, 10:16:39 AM
We really need positive thoughts and/or prayers for Arthur now, he is not doing well at all.  This past week has seen a return of very large, weeping sores on his body, face and feet.  Dr Cheryl has put this case to a panel of experts and we are hoping for some positive feedback.  One of our wonderful members works in the field of microbiologist/bacteriologist so is also offering her assistance for which I am immensely grateful.  Hopefully, someone out of this large group of talented scientists will be able to help Arthur back to his former glory.  I am struggling with seeing him in this condition and am now seriously considering having him euthanised, the scabs are so large that mobility is very difficult and painful for him.   I also have to consider the risk of cross contamination to the rest of the ferrets (4 cats and a dog)  in my home AND the 40 at the rescue where I go most days.

Kim


Title: Re: Did you hear the one about the ferret that ate a newt?
Post by: alliemackie on May 18, 2010, 09:11:56 PM
Fingers crossed, vibes, and prayers. :( He's really been through the ringer, poor bean.


Title: Re: Did you hear the one about the ferret that ate a newt?
Post by: Kalimata on May 20, 2010, 03:34:24 PM
I talked briefly with Dr. C today about what the bacteria was, and possible antibiotic treatments.  I'm no doctor, nor a microbiologist, which we are very happy to have as members, but hey, penicillin was discovered by accident, galvanized rubber the same thing.  15 brains are better than 14 brains right :P  Anyway, I'm on the mission too, and will let Dr.C and Blaze's mom know anything I find.

Kali


Title: Re: Did you hear the one about the ferret that ate a newt?
Post by: Georgiesmom on May 20, 2010, 05:27:48 PM
We have a whole army of people on this one now, one of whom is a member and the many other professionals that Dr C enlisted this week.  Also a vet in Maine that Tressie from the Atlantic Ferret Rescue hghly recommended.

Tomorrow is biopsy day and, as you know, I have had serious doubts this week about whether or not I am doing the right thing by Arthur.

Good luck with little Bandita tomorrow Kali.



 



Title: Re: Did you hear the one about the ferret that ate a newt?
Post by: Georgiesmom on May 25, 2010, 10:12:54 AM
Arthur had a skin biopsy on Friday so we await the results of that.  Dr C was also able to trim his very painful nails whilst he was sedated and to clean his ears because his sores are so bad now that there is nowhere to scruff him without causing him pain.  The very large hard scab was also removed, it was pretty messy under there but it is now dry and clean but sensitive.    Arthur is somewhat miserable right now because he is isolated and lonely but we just do not know how contagious this infection is.


Title: Re: Did you hear the one about the ferret who ate a newt?
Post by: Georgiesmom on June 10, 2010, 08:51:49 PM
Arthur in his current state, high doses of Pred and regular baths. 


Title: Re: Did you hear the one about the ferret who ate a newt?
Post by: Georgiesmom on September 14, 2010, 12:36:23 PM
I hesitate to write this but I think Arthur is healing.  For the first time since his latest outbreak, he doesn't have one weeping sore and some of his fur is growing back.  We've been here before but I feel hopeful now.  We may not need to embark on the Imuran treatment.  The sooner I can wean this boy off the Prednisone the better but I would not do so without the say so from Dr Laite.  Positive thoughts please everyone, I so want this ferret to recover, he has suffered so much and has never been anything less than sweet thoughout. 


Title: Re: Did you hear the one about the ferret who ate a newt?
Post by: alliemackie on September 14, 2010, 01:18:12 PM
Here's hoping!


Title: Re: Did you hear the one about the ferret who ate a newt?
Post by: Fuzzie_fan on September 14, 2010, 04:49:24 PM
Thoughts and prayers for Arthur!