My son has a ferret which we purchased back in April. I am guessing he is about
9 or 10 months old now, (not sure of his birth date). We noticed this evening
that he seemed lethargic. We have taken him out to let him play but he just
slowly walks around and then lays down. My son cleans his litter box daily
but today there was no solid waste in it and there is usually quite a bit.
He doesn't seem to be interested in food at all, although he is still drinking
water. I did notice that after he drank water he began to make a strange
noise and moving his jaws. It almost seemed like he was grinding his teeth.
Do you have any idea why he might be acting this way? Should we try the gerber
chicken baby food or do you have any other ideas?
It sounds from your description that the ferret may
have a blockage! Do you think he could have eaten
any rubber objects such as erasers, tennis shoes,
rubber squeaky toys? Is he losing hair, he could
have a blockage from a hairball?
You need to get him to a vet as soon
as possible! If he is grinding his teeth it means he
has terrible pain in his stomach and if he has something
in the gut it will cause ulcers, plus if it does not
pass (which is usually unlikely) he will die a very
painful death. Best get him to a ferret knowledgeable
I have two ferrets and one of them has been vomiting.
She vomited yesterday and this morning. She is one-years-old
and I'm almost positive that there is some sort of
blockage in her system, because she has also been
grinding her teeth a lot. I'm going to take her to
the vet today. If is a blockage, what are my options
in removing it? Is surgery the only option? How much
do you think a surgery like this would cost?
It sounds like she could have a blockage, do you know
what she could have eaten to cause that? RUBBER products
are deadly for ferrets and of course are not digestible,
so they can float around causing abrasions to the
gut, before causing a blockage, hence the grinding
and now the vomiting. Surgery may be required to
save her life if you wait too long. Make sure she
is defecating, if not my advice would be surgery
as soon as possible, IF your vet suspects a blockage.
An X-ray will not show what is in there,
but will show the gas buildup indicative of a blockage.
A barium X-ray might show it, but if you are your vet
are sure it could be a blockage, then you may save
money and most of all save your ferret's life by just
doing the surgery. You may be able to work out payments
if it is expensive, I would not be able to quote a
price as costs vary from one vet to another. However
I would make sure your vet is ferret knowledgeable
and has lots of experience, before taking her.
I got a problem with Meko (My ferret) we think she may
have eaten some rubber from the inside of a rubber
ball. Now all she does is sleep, unless she is out
of her cage were she is still quite bubbly. But also
her poops have not been the same, she didn't poop
at all the other day. They have been small thin poops
to what she normally does! We have watered her food
down so its softer for her to make sure she has food
and liquids. I really want to take her to a vet but
I also know I worry way too much sometimes and it
could be nothing at all. Your advice would be much
If you suspect she has eaten the rubber, then you will
need to take her to the vet! Rubber is not digested
and can stay floating around in the stomach, causing
abrasions that will turn to ulcers. Have you heard
her grinding her teeth? Sometimes the rubber blocks
the pylorus and the ferret will then vomit. Have
you seen her vomit? The rubber can get stuck in the
intestines and lodge there, sometimes it will pass,
but rarely. Have you tried giving her a ferret laxative
or Cat laxative, it may help.
An X-ray will show any gas build-up in
the ferret's intestines, which would indicate a blockage.
I really do hope Meko is okay, make sure she is eating
and drinking as usual, no need to soften food.
I have a ferret named Coco and she isn't feeling well.
Usually she is very active and trying to play hide-n-seek
with me all the time. She is very playful. I noticed
yesterday when I got home to let her out of her cage.
(this is a normal routine) that she looked very lethargic
and confused. All she wants to do is sleep and get
into dark places. I told my boyfriend to go and buy
pedialyte and chicken baby food to feed her. She
is throwing this up?? What to do?
I did take her to a emergency vet last
night ($80 dollars later) she told me she wasn't sure
what was wrong. Her blood pressure and temp came back
normal. I cant afford to take her and leave her to
run tests. They told me this could cost any where from
$400 to $700.
Do you have any suggestions for me? I
have been holding her and trying to make sure she is
drinking and trying to eat.
Ferrets usually vomit if they have an obstruction,
could she have eaten anything made of rubber as this
will get stuck, therefore the food is not going down.
Usually surgery is required to remove obstructions.
Did/does she have a temperature? How
old is she? Ferrets have to eat every 3-4 hours and
if she cannot keep her food down then she is going
to need subQ fluids to keep her hydrated.
Do you have a ferret knowledgable vet
in your area, as it sounds as if she needs help quickly,
they should not charge you that much if they know what
they are doing! You could also ask to make payments.
If she is very young and has a temperature
she could have DIM, which is a disease affecting young
ferrets and there is no cure---If I can help you further
please let me know.
He's only been like this since this morning. The vet told me that there is nothing
that he could personally do but for me to go get mineral oil and chicken
baby food and get about a tablespoon into his system. And if he hasn't had
a bowel movement by morning to take him to a hospital for surgery. I did
as the doctor said and he has more fight to him when I go to give him his
doses but he's sleeping a whole lot more. Did the vet give me bad advice?
Hopefully the mineral oil will move what is in his system, a lot of times the
stomach can hold the blockage and it may move around letting some of the food
pass through. What you need to check is his poops, to make sure he is going,
if he doesn't then you MUST take him to have surgery. If his poops come out but
are very skinny, then that would mean the blockage is in his intestines and he
may still need surgery. For now do what the vet said, if he is pooping then continue
to feed him the baby food every 3-4 hours, until you are sure he is okay, or
you take him to the vet. Add a little water to the food to make sure he doesn't
dehydrate, he will be getting fluids in the soft food, but adding more will help.
Make sure you take all that cotton stuff out of his cage so he doesn't chew on
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