Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. How has the ferret's appetite been? Any changes in her stool?
No changes in her stool, her appetite has decreased a little, and before this happened she enjoyed digging in her water bowl, she hasn't done it since yesterday
Veterinarian's Assistant: Could she have eaten something unusual?
She eats a little bit, i am wondering if she injured her foot/leg when she dug in her water, cause that is the side that the wall of the cage is on.........if that makes sense
Veterinarian's Assistant: And what's the ferret's name and age?
Monster and she is about 4 years old, I got her from a ferret rescue
Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else the Vet should know?
No, that's it
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She is eating raw chicken skin but not her kibble, I checked out her upper leg and shoulder and it appears painful as she pulls away. Her level of activity has greatly reduced and all she wants to do is lay down
Expert: 1) How long has she been eating only chicken skin?2) Are you able to share video of what you're seeing? 3) Is there any potential for injury?4) Is she housed alone?5) Have any x-rays been taken?6) How long has this been a concern?
I don't have that kind of money right now, or I would be taking her to the vet,
I only give it to her every once in awhile, her main diet is wysong. She is housed with one other ferret, I adopted them at the same time as they were a bonded pair, her favorite activity is to dig in her water bowl which is connected to the cage wall, I am wondering if she may have injured it when she was digging
I just noticed all this yesterday, Saturday she seemed fine and as active as ever
I have not gotten video of it yet, they are both sleeping right now
I do also give her a raw chicken thigh bone occasionally
Expert: Thanks for the additional info. I do strongly feel that she needs to be examined and treated. We recommend waiting no longer than 24 hours for a pet to improve when they are not able to utilize a limb normally. At this point, examination and x-rays should take place to be sure the limb is not fractured. While she does not vocalize, this does not mean that she is not in pain, unfortunately. Many animals go off of their food when they are uncomfortable. This can also hinder our ability to effectively treat them from home as they must be eating well to take any oral medications.I do feel that Monster needs to be seen. I will supply financial aid and financing info below to help with the cost of a vet visit. At home, I would begin force feeding her Oxbow Carnivore Care and duck soup to keep her caloric intake up. Oxbow: https://www.amazon.com/Oxbow-Carnivore-Care-Supplement-2-5-Ounce/dp/B006H38VZ0Duck soup: https://www.chewy.com/marshall-uncle-jims-original-duk-soup/dp/122762?utm_source=google-product&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=f&utm_content=Marshall&utm_term=&gclid=Cj0KCQjwx7zzBRCcARIsABPRscP7tMLTQZfItrDZzh5gXt_VJ36BlBRxsCLLA3UJY4Zo6kI04rxe5fIaAr8rEALw_wcB You can also use pureed baby food in flavors like chicken and turkey, too. Be aware that fatty foods like chicken skin can cause digestive upset in ferrets. While we do want her to eat while she feels unwell, we also don't want her to develop a secondary medical issue in trying to keep her eating. The foods recommended above are a better choice than chicken skin. If you must feed skin raw, be sure that it is washed well and all bones given are raw. Those that are heat-treated risk splintering and causing other medical issues like gastric irritation, laceration, puncture, perforation, blockage, etc. Where possible, use ground bone to minimize this risk. If you need help finding a vet that can see her, let me know. I'll need your location. If you must treat discomfort at home, be sure she's eating well and you can try aspirin based on this info: https://www.depts.ttu.edu/iacuc/Anesthetics_and_Analgesics_Ferret.pdf If this does not help within 24 hours or she worsens, she has to see a vet for care. X-rays are imperative, as well as NSAID/pain medication for her comfort. If finances are tight, I would highly recommend looking into both financial aid and financing options. Organizations like these make it possible for owners to fund an expensive procedure even if they cannot personally afford it at that time. 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Yes I did get your messages, I fell asleep
I will check into those links you sent
I was mistaken about her age, she is about 5 years old
Expert: That's okay. Her age is not a factor here nearly as much as the symptoms. Do you have any additional questions today on this topic?
No, I will be making an appointment for her, thank you
Expert: Sure thing.