I have recently just took on a baby ferret who was
born paralyzed. She can walk using her front legs only,
her other legs just drag behind her, can you please tell
me is there anything i can do to help her. Her spine also
seems to dip in the bottom, I have heard so many things
I thought I would try and ask you. She is under weight
at the moment as she came from a big litter do you think
she could gain some use of her legs? If so, how do I get
her to use them? Also, is it fair keeping her alive? She
is happy to greet me when I feed her and she doesn't make
any noise when I massage her back legs.
She may have been born with a deformity, or she
has a break in her spine. You really need to take her
for an X-ray to see if there is a break in the spine,
there is not a treatment for that. How old is she?
Is she cognizant of eliminating or does she just go
wherever she is? She will need a large area that she
can move about so she doesn't have to sit in her urine
and poop. She can live a relatively happy life but
will need constant attention to keep her clean. I have
had several paralyzed ferrets and they do need around
the clock care.
To help her gain weight you need to buy
her some Gerbers baby food (second stage/blue label),
just Chicken/Turkey and feed her about 2-3 teaspoonfuls
with a teaspoon of water, 2-3 times a day.
I have a 6year old ferret that can not move her legs.
she acts like she is paralyzed but she can scoot around
by moving her front legs. she will eat and drink if I
help her. Could it be possible that she has had a stroke?
At 6 years of age there could be several reasons
for her paralysis. Is she urinating herself, as many
paralyzed ferrets need help? Please make sure she is,
if not you need to get her to the vet as soon as possible,
or she will be in deep trouble!
Could she have fallen and damaged her spine? Your vet
can take an X-ray to determine if there is any damage.
If so, there is nothing you will be able to do, but
make her comfortable and make sure she is able to drink
and eat on her own.
The other reason for paralysis in older ferrets is
due to 'tumors' of one kind or another. Your vet will
be able to determine what kind of tumor she may have
either by an X-ray, or by doing a blood test.
As far as her having a stroke, it could be possible,
but there are so many different causes, that it would
be better for you to find out what it is. You need
to make an appointment with a 'ferret knowledgeable
vet' right away and get her in there for a diagnosis,
before she suffers any more.
Hello I adopted a ferret that was hurt by a customer
at a local pet store. The incident left her back legs paralyzed.
She's improved quite a bit since I got her. My question
is how can I set up a cage that's going to be suitable
for her AND for another able ferret. It seems the two are
not compatible. I was hoping that you would have a few
suggestions on making a large 6 story cage easier for her
to use. Right now it's a brand new cage and the ramps and
shelves are just way too slippery for her to grip enough
to pull her backend around.
A ferret with complete paralysis in the back end cannot
climb or have any sensation when using the bathroom,
which presents a problem for keeping the ferret clean.
If this is the case you might want to put her in
a playpen completely lined with sheets that you can
just pick up and wash.
All of the ferrets I have had that were paralyzed
required special care to keep them clean. Plus if they
have nerve damage in the spine, climbing or even falling
could make it worse, plus create tremendous pain.
As far as the cage you have, even with the ferret
that can navigate well, those shelves andladders can
be quite dangerous if the ferret loses it's footing,
which often happens and many a ferret has broken a
leg or even their back.
My advice would be to make them complete floors either
with more shelves, or buy some wire and make your own.
If it is possible to make a complete floor for your injured
ferret, that is where I would keep her, you can let her
out for exercise.