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When a ferret loses more than 10 percent of what is considered normal body weight for an animal its size, it is referred to as weight loss. This can result from a variety of mechanisms, but they often share a common feature: insufficient calorie intake and high-energy demand.
Cachexia, meanwhile, is defined as the state of extreme poor health. It is associated with loss of appetite (anorexia), weight loss, weakness, and mental depression.
Your veterinarian will begin with a variety of diagnostic tests to find the underlying cause for the weight loss. After an initial health assessment, the following tests may be recommended for your pet:
The most basic element of the nervous system
The failure of the kidneys to perform their proper functions
An increase in the number of bad white blood cells
The formation and secretion of milk and the processes involved
Referring to the liver
A condition of the blood in which normal red blood cell counts or hemoglobin are lacking.