Post by sourxcherryy on Jun 7, 2019 23:29:43 GMT -5
About a month ago I adopted a young ferret who I quickly realized had a little problem. She was always covered in pee, dripping pee, making little pee streaks on my floor, you get the idea. She was just constantly in some state of peeing. After several trips to the vet they have determined she is in perfect health, she just isn't letting her bladder fill, so as soon as urine reaches her bladder it's released. My vet is doing some research because there apparently is a surgery for this they do for dogs and he wants to see if it would be helpful for a ferret as well. He's never encountered a ferret who just won't let their bladder fill. This obviously leaves me with a pretty stinky ferret. I know bathing them frequently isn't healthy for them, and up until this point I've just been wiping her down with a damp cloth a few times a day but I'm hoping there's something that could help with her odor a bit more. Normal ferret odor I'm accustomed to, but urine adds a whole other layer. Would an unscented sensitive baby wipe be okay? Is there ANYTHING I can do to help with the pee smell without harming her?
Is she a farmed ferret (Marshals?)...if so, they may have damaged her during the descenting. This is common and urinary and or bowel incontinence is the issue If your vet does find a surgery he's comfortable and if he thinks this may be a direct result to her early spay/descenting you may be able to get some of the surgery (or all) reimbursed by Marshals. I will be honest though, don't go in expecting they will compensate, they're very difficult to deal with and support from them is sketchy at best. In your little one's case, perhaps allowing her to play in some water daily would help keep her better smelling and be less likely to get an infection ciao
Post by peacexlovexpets on Jun 10, 2019 18:47:35 GMT -5
Your vet probably thinks it is an ectopic ureter (the tube that leads from the kidney to the bladder accidentally connected to the urethra instead), but I highly doubt they could surgically correct it in a ferret due to their small size/potential of killing off a kidney if done incorrectly. Either way, they would have to send you to a specialist.
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Post by sourxcherryy on Jun 12, 2019 7:26:47 GMT -5
She is unfortunately a farmed ferret. I was mistaken about the surgery, the vet said there were some medications they give to other animals for incontinence but in the end he wasn't confident enough in their function in ferrets to go that route. I've been running her lower half under a lukewarm tap twice a day and wiping her up with unscented baby wipes for sensitive skin periodically throughout the day as well, washing and changing her bedding daily. I try to keep her off of soft surfaces, so especially the bed but I will let her on the couch with a cover on it. I'm more thankful than ever that my floors are hardwood.