What causes hind leg weakness in ferrets?
Actually, the most frequent cause of hindlimb weakness is an insulinoma, but many other (debilitating) differentials should be considered. It should also be noted that lameness caused by orthopaedic problems can mimic weakness in the hindlegs, and distinction between the two is thus very important.
Why is my ferret stumbling?
If you notice rear leg weakness, especially on slippery surfaces, or if you notice your ferret is simply stumbling on its rear or weak in its rear, this can be a sign of an insulinoma. Obviously, the most significant signs are the ferret is not moving, in a coma, or having seizures.
Can ferrets be walked?
Some ferrets love walking on a leash, and others hate it. When trained properly, many ferrets will enjoy short walks outside. The good news is that, unlike most dogs, ferrets don’t need to go outside on a leash to get adequate exercise or to go to the bathroom. If your ferret won’t walk, no worries.
Why is my ferret always tired?
Signs of insulinoma in a ferret are usually excessive sleeping and lethargy. A simple blood sugar test at the vet’s office typically diagnoses this tumor of the pancreas and steroids are usually prescribed.
Why does my Ferret drag his hind legs?
Your ferret may begin to drag his hind legs while walking or have difficulty standing up altogether. If he does stand up, it may only be for a short period of time. Ferrets with hind leg weakness may also be unable to control urination and defecation.
What are some myths and misconceptions about ferrets?
3. Ferrets have great vision because they burrow in the dark. Ferrets do not have good vision and can see only in reds and blues. 4. Ferrets can’t use a litter box and poop everywhere. They can — it just takes time and patience with training and a lot of litter boxes in corners (ferrets typically “go” in corners).
What should I do if my ferret has sores on his hind legs?
Once you bring your ferret home, it’s important to keep him calm and comfortable while he recovers. He will not have much control over his hind legs until he has fully recovered, so you should ensure his bedding is kept clean and he is repositioned every few hours to prevent sores.
What does it mean when a ferret is happy?
When ferrets are happy, contented or excited, they often make a chortling or clucking sound known as “dooking.” “ [It] can mean anything from ‘Oooh, a new smell or new ferret!’ to ‘I’m a happy, happy, happy boy!” Saunders said. Ferrets are often leaping or jumping around the room at the same time.