Post by abbeytheferret6 on Mar 26, 2020 8:25:05 GMT -5
Yesterday, I said goodbye to my beautiful Annabelle. I was just talking about her in someone else's post---hoping she would make it to 7 in September. That was not to be.
In the last 2 to 3 days she would walk just a few steps and flop down, and I thought it was cardiomyopathy. She also started losing her appetite, so I took her to vet for xrays of her chest.
Her x-ray showed no signs of fluid build up in lungs and whatever it can suggest heart failure. However, for the last 2 years she has had a fat tummy, so we decided to do an xray on her stomach, and it showed up bright. Thinking cancer, I put her to sleep and had a necropsy done. She had a 1 inch abcess on her pancreas. When the vet cut it opened, it had pus in it and smelled. She called it acute pancreatitis with inflammation.
Vet said there are hardly any studies on the cause of that in ferrets---but in humans, overweight females are more susceptible, and in dogs ---after a fatty meal, they can get pancreatitis.
I asked the vet to check her adrenal glands during necropsy as most of us do worry about adrenal disease in ferrets, and she said they were in good condition.
I'm so sorry for your loss. I hope she passed comfortably. I am also going through a loss of a ferret myself. The signs you described were very similar to my Ruby. I guess those things can happen. I feel you did your best to make their lives comfortable.