About 3:00 Monday afternoon, one of our ferrets started throwing up. She'll do this from time to time if she eats too fast, so I didn't think much of it, and she went back to sleep. Got them out of their cage about 7 that night, and she didn't want to come out, and still looked like she was sick. So I pulled her out of the cage, and she tottered a few steps, and immediately curled back up to sleep. Didn't want to eat, either.
She's only a year old, and a perpetual motion machine. So, off to the vet we go. It turned out the vet thought she had a blockage, even though it didn't show on xrays. Now, with laxative, and pumpkin, ferrets will frequently pass the block themselves. So, I took her back home, and laxed her up good, had to syringe it, because she wouldn't take it on her own(she loves the stuff), did the same with pumpkin. After about 30 minutes, she passed a bit of foam rubber. Hubby picked her up, and she went flat in his arms. Totally limp, and unresponsive. Do you have any idea how fast a person can make a 30 minute drive in a case like that? When we got to the vet's, she perked up a bit.
Anyway, she stayed the night at the vet's, with us waiting for the call about surgery. Next morning, vet's office called. She'd passed a bunch more, and was feeling better. She spent the day so they could wait for a normal stool finally, and we brought her home 7 Tuesday night, sans surgery!
While she was there, her bonded cage mate was looking for her everywhere, and extremely depressed(they bond so closely the survivor will frequently starve to death when they lose their friend). When he saw her Tues. evening, he was ecstatic
. Refused to let her out of his sight!
What scares me is from first symptom- the vomiting- to total collapse was only 9 hours! I knew these little ones could go downhill fast, but my god!
She'd not been away from my hubby for that long before, so guess where she picked to settle down when she was finally tired out? She's definitely his(or should I say, he's hers!)
She was there for at least an hour and a half before we finally had to go to bed from sheer exhaustion!