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Treatment varies depending on the underlying cause for ataxia or lack of coordination. However, it mostly involves outpatient care and may range from therapy to prescription medication. Often, exercise proves helpful in cases where the spinal cord is involved.
Long-term monitoring and care may be necessary for ferrets that demonstrate neurological or spinal cord involvement. If the underlying cause involves a systemic disease, your veterinarian may recommend euthanizing the animal to prevent widespread pain or discomfort that may not be treatable using conventional methods. In other cases, dietary changes may relieve many of the uncomfortable symptoms associated with ataxia.
Something that is related to the whole body and not just one particular part or organ
A bundle of fibers that are used in the process of sending impulses through the body
A medical condition in which an animal is unable to control the movements of their muscles; may result in collapse or stumbling.
A condition of the blood in which normal red blood cell counts or hemoglobin are lacking.
The condition of being drowsy, listless, or weak