Paralysis and Paresis in Ferrets
In cases of severe weakness or paralysis, inpatient treatment (in a hospital) is necessary. The ferret’s activity should be restricted until spinal trauma and disk herniation have been ruled out as causes. Moreover, immobile ferrets should be moved away from soiled bedding and turned from side to side four to eight times per day. If your ferret should have a tumor, however, it may require more intensive treatment, such as surgery.
Living and Management
Before leaving the hospital, the ferret should have neurologic examinations on a daily basis. In cases of paralysis and paresis, it may be necessary to evacuate the patient’s bladder (manually or with a catheter) three to four times a day in order to keep this function regular. Once bladder function has returned, the ferret may return home, where you will monitor its symptoms.
As there are a wide range of causes that may lead to paresis or paralysis, there is no possible way to recommend an all-encompassing prevention method. It is wise to avoid dangerous situations where traumatic incidents that can damage the central nervous system may occur.
An increase in the number of bad white blood cells
Paralysis of the legs in humans; paralysis of the hind limbs in quadrupeds
The paralysis of an animal’s four limbs; quadriplegia
A hormone created by the pancreas that helps to regulate the flow of glucose
A type of paralysis that may be only slight; affects the way that an animal is able to move
Low amounts of glucose in the blood
a) inhaling b) getting out fluid or gas by the act of sucking.
A procedure that is used to evaluate the health and structures of the heart
The digestive tract containing the stomach and intestine
A condition of the blood in which normal red blood cell counts or hemoglobin are lacking.
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