Dr. Anna Edling
Horsham Veterinary Hospital
Dr. Edling graduated from
University of Pennsylvania in 1982, and has been in private small animal
practice for 32 years. She owns multiple pets and also is a ferret
WATCH THOSE WEASELS!
Young ferrets (under 2 years) have a tendency to get bowel obstructions from
foreign bodies. In the past two weeks I operated on two ferrets who were
acting normal the day before they came in. The owners both reported vomiting
and refusing food. An exam showed they were dehydrated.
One surgery revealed “Scarlet” had eaten the end of a baby carrot, but
swallowed it WHOLE. It came out of the intestine easily during surgery and
so she did well. The other, “Jake”, had a piece of yellow foam toy lodged in
his intestine. Jake had been obstructed longer and so the bowel was not
healthy. 2” had to be removed, and the healthy ends re-attached. He is now
Ferret-proof your house! No foam toys, no soft rubber toys, no hard fruits
or vegetables. They like to chew on rubber shoes, golf club grips, and the
foam pads under telephones. Also they will find the bumpers behind picture
frames. I had one ferret that ate ear plugs, and another who ate a piece of
my child’s rubber ducky!