Q. Hi, my ferrets mouth is clenched shut and he can't walk. His eyes are locked in one spot. And he is unresponsive. Do you know what's wrong with him?
LINDSEY EDWARDS MVB, BSC, IVCA
A. I am sorry to hear he is so unwell. He is displaying neurological (nervous system) signs and this is very serious; signs as severe as this can also occur immediately before death from a wide range of causes. It is impossible to guess as to what may have caused this, he may have developed a virus or been in contact with something toxic. I recommend you get an urgent appointment to investigate and discuss any potential treatment options although I am afraid these may be limited. If you have other ferrets, I recommend you arrange a full post-mortem if he does not survive in order to investigate exactly what happened in order to reduce the risk of it happening again