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Ferret Talk => General Discussions => Topic started by: ssmcgill on June 16, 2011, 05:04:58 PM

Title: Newbie to feeding ferret Nutrical & duck soup by syringe
Post by: ssmcgill on June 16, 2011, 05:04:58 PM
One of our ferrets, dear Spunkmeyer, has stopped eating after a prolonged stomach infection/inflammation. Since he's getting quite weak, the vet we saw today recommended Nutrical by syringe 3x a day, and also duck soup (and water if necessary) by syringe as well. We have a follow up with our regular vet (Dr. Auger) next Wednesday.

The vet today helpfully reviewed feeding by syringe & finding his cheek pocket. Besides scruffing, he also showed us how to grip around the ferret's chest/neck and front paws - though this is hard because my hands are petite, and I'm afraid of putting too much pressure on Spunky's neck & skull. So for now I'm mostly scruffing and kind of blocking his irritated pawing with my arm.

I know you are not my vets, but I know a lot of you have experience with sick ferrets! This is my first time feeding consistently by syringe. I was wondering:

- Are there any other tips for feeding a sick ferret by syringe? Spunky seems to have lost interest in Ferretone, so I can't use that to cajole him. He squirms, paws, and bites the syringe. (At least he's a spunky still, ha!) Maybe I should give more small feedings with breaks?

- Anything else I should try for feeding in general, or watch out for, that I might not have thought of?  

Update: He ate part of a teaspoon of soup without scruffing today, hurray! He still runs off or resists anything more, or for the Nutrical, though.

Here is a photo of our sweet little guy when he was pretending to be GQ Ferret.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/sarahmcgill/4610151937/in/set-72157617948441386 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/sarahmcgill/4610151937/in/set-72157617948441386)
Many thanks!

Title: Re: Newbie to feeding ferret Nutrical & duck soup by syringe
Post by: ferretfan on June 20, 2011, 05:40:45 PM
Hi Sarah,

I'm so sorry to hear that dear Spunkmeyer is still under the weather.  Since I don't peruse these boards as often as I used to, I missed your post a few days ago.

While I cannot help much more via email, I am always willing to help out if you need assistance trying different things.  Just contact me directly so I don't miss your message.

I hope it all works out for him.