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Daiello91
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Username: Daiello91

Post Number: 3
Registered: 12-2011
Posted on Friday, December 23, 2011 - 4:13 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

So one of our ferrets, Siskiyou, LOVES to steal my iphone and hide it. Well it has a thick rubber case that allows him to pick it up and run with it. After months of him stealing it the rubber started to break. I found him in the corner chewing on it about 36 hours ago. I grabbed it and inspected it to see if he had eaten any. Well it looked like he may have either chewed up or eaten a very small maybe 1/4 dime size section. So I knew I had to keep an eye on his stool and eating habits.

This morning at 4am I heard a ferret puking. I ran to the cage and he was puking vigorously. My heart sank. I took him to the vet first thing this morning. They did xray and then the chemical fluid test. The vet said the fluid did pass but slower than usual. Plus Siskiyou was continuing to eat and drink in their possession without vomiting. So possible partial blockage. Vet has him on Baytril & Amoxicillin just in case its a stomach or intestinal bacterial issue.

First anyone have experience with this?


Second is there an issue with giving a smaller dose of the antibiotics to our 2nd ferret for the same time length?


Third we spent $1100 on our ferret that we had to put down due to krono and $700 on this visit. Is our vet outrageous, are we doing something wrong or is this just typical annual expenses?

Just frustrated and heart broken.
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Fuzzie23
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Username: Fuzzie23

Post Number: 1690
Registered: 12-2007
Posted on Friday, December 23, 2011 - 6:39 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

As for the cost of your vet, unless you shop around your area for ferret experienced vets I would not be able to answer your question. Just for an office visit to see one of my babies is $68.00. Then it starts up from there. I normally do not walk out of the office with a vet bill less than $500.00 a visit. But the vet I go to charges that amount because ferrets are classified as exotics, and he is a specialist.

As for your other question. If your other ferret is not sick, I would not give any antibotics to them. Giving an antibotic on a healthy ferret, will not allow their bodies to build up antibodies for what ever next bug they could encounter, not to mention disrupt the bacterial balance in their colon for proper digestion.

praying for your baby.
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Polecatparlour
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Post Number: 1472
Registered: 07-2006
Posted on Friday, December 23, 2011 - 8:07 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

I would suggest ferret lax over the next few days just to be sure he has passed everything. If you do a search you will also find information on pumpkin and Vaseline that helps with blockages....or at least lubing their insides up so things come out easier
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Daiello91
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Username: Daiello91

Post Number: 4
Registered: 12-2011
Posted on Friday, December 23, 2011 - 10:56 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

I found the rubber piece missing from my old phone case in stool this morning!
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Weaslebreath
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Username: Weaslebreath

Post Number: 31
Registered: 09-2011
Posted on Friday, December 23, 2011 - 11:33 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

YAY!!!! Thats awsome, so Siskiyou didn't eat it!? Fantastic!
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Daiello91
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Post Number: 5
Registered: 12-2011
Posted on Friday, December 23, 2011 - 9:58 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Siskiyou did eat it, but he was able to pass it. Maybe all that puking he did knocked it loose.

(Message edited by daiello91 on December 23, 2011)
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Weaslebreath
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Username: Weaslebreath

Post Number: 34
Registered: 09-2011
Posted on Saturday, December 24, 2011 - 12:34 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Oh yeah, my bad, just reread your post, missed the "stool" part...aya! Must be the holiday rush getting to me already!
Good that he passed it, wonderful!!!
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Daiello91
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Username: Daiello91

Post Number: 6
Registered: 12-2011
Posted on Saturday, December 24, 2011 - 5:38 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Bad news is the vet called today and said bloodwork shows high whitecell count. Hopeful its just a reaction to the rubber in the system. She recommended retesting after the antibiotics in 2 weeks.
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Fuzzie23
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Username: Fuzzie23

Post Number: 1692
Registered: 12-2007
Posted on Sunday, December 25, 2011 - 6:05 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

High white blood cell count indicates an infection of some sort. It could be from you little one swallowing the rubber piece. I would make sure you hide all rubber things in your house. Siskiyou got lucky this time, but some can swallow things that can not pass and that can be deadly. Great job for finding the rubber, and hopefully Siskiyou will not scare you anymore.

I would keep some pumpkin (Libby's all natural) mix around, this works great if they get hairballs as well.
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