Post by valkyriestorm on Oct 27, 2009 16:45:13 GMT -5
he came threw it great. Said he woke up right away. They were done with him at lunch time so I picked him up then I brought him home and I went back to work. He did not seem to be in pain at all. He now has half a tail and all the hair on the tail is shaved off. It looks silly. They glued it and used stitches. I will post pics when he is a bit better. Thanks guys
Post by valkyriestorm on Oct 28, 2009 22:24:16 GMT -5
How can you tell if a ferret is in pain?? He's kinda acting a bit weird, like shaky and tired. I just put him anywhere and he would just lay there and shake. Now I am a bit worried or maybe I am over reacting.
What was the pain remedy regime that you were to follow? Do you have access to a vet or some form of medical information? Do you have a hot water bottle? If you do fill it with water that is ferret body temp 102, wrap it in a soft towel, and then place it next to him. Then gently cover him up, so that he can get warm. You can also wrap him up in a warmed blanket (fresh out of the dryer). He sounds shocky to me (finally coming out of anesthetic properly) this can be very scary for both of you. This can also be a dangerous time for these little guys as they seem to have a terrible time regulating their body temp. Please keep us posted. If anyone else can offer some insight, this would be greatly appreciated. Might I also suggest you get in touch with ferrethealth and see if you can get some insight from them if you cannot get hold of a vet at this time. ciao
Post by ferretdroogies on Oct 29, 2009 0:52:20 GMT -5
When they get shaky after surgery (usually not that long after taking them off the gas), they still have it in their system. They are recovering from anesthesia at this point. How long after did this happen? He might still have a bit of anesthesia in him. If he's shaking like he's cold, it's because he hasn't brought his temperature back up from the surgery. Usually you have to monitor temperature during surgery, especially ferrets. We have this machine that heats a blanket to keep them warm during the surgery. When was the surgery done? We usually don't send them home that fast after a surgery, or even when we put them under light sedation for more simple procedures.
Edit: I just noticed you posted that the day after He still could have it in his system, even days after. It could also be that he's hurting a bit. Did they send you home with metacam? If you haven't given it today (since it's once a day), go ahead and give it and see how he is then. If he starts acting better, then he was hurting.
Post by Forum Administrator on Oct 29, 2009 2:00:45 GMT -5
I agree with keeping him warm and contacting your vet regarding the pain meds and seeing what they think (if the dose should be increased, etc). Contact your vet, they should be able to let you know if they think he's in pain and if so they should be able to increase his dosage or supply you with an alternate or additional pain med.
Post by valkyriestorm on Oct 29, 2009 17:14:31 GMT -5
I text my friend who works where I got it done. I never heard back from her till this morning. She said he was probably shaking off the rest of the Anesthesia. He had it done Tuesday morning. I checked on him late last night and again this morning before work and he was fine and he still is. When I felt his temp last night he felt pretty hot. I did not get pain meds. They just gave him a shot of Lanicaine in his tail.
I'm glad to hear that he's doing better today. Anesthesia is a lot more dangerous than many of us realize and to watch critters come out of it (watch some humans it can be really scary, you might not think of minor surgery as being so minor ) can be a real eye opener. For those of you that do placement, or have some surgery background you will understand this. My present vet allows me into the surgery to assist with my guys care. I've watched some of the critters not only in surgery but coming out of anesthetics, it can be very rough on the poor little souls. I'm glad that everything is going ok. ciao
Poor little boy. He probably won't grow much hair on that tail until his next shed At least that seems to be the way of it with a couple of my guys. Pooka lost all the hair of her tail when I changed her diet to raw....other than a couple of hairs she didn't put on any fur on that rat tail of hers until her next shed. You also have to take into consideration the effect that the anesthetic will have on his body. Most little ones she big time after surgery. He will look cute with his little stubby especially once the fur grows back. Give him big hugs and snuggles from me, his healing candle still burns for him ciao
Post by mustelidmusk on Nov 12, 2009 23:22:40 GMT -5
I'm glad Skunkers is doing better. I can relate to what Skunkers went through. the Anesthesia is bad enough - but hen it's followed up with pain meds. A couple days after one of my major surgeries, I got this HUGE anxiety attack - I felt like I was going to croak - my heart was unstable and I was shaking. I was cold - then hot. And yes, it was a bit of a shock-like reaction like Heather mentioned. I randg for the nurse and I told her I thought I din't know what was wrong with me but I felt like I was dying...it was so strange - probably the strangest experience I've ever had. It was extreely uncomfortable and scary as all hell.