Beaker- The Craigslist ferret Jan 20, 2011 22:52:28 GMT -5
Post by ls84 on Jan 20, 2011 22:52:28 GMT -5
Back in the summer I posted about a 5 year old ferret someone was giving away on craigslist. He was wobbly and thin. She had brought him to a local vet when he stopped eating, and when they suggested tests she refused treatment and put him on craigslist that night. When I saw the post I couldn't say no, and picked him up that night. She handed him to me at the door and said " do you want him?". That's it. Didn't want me to see the cage or anything. I took him to the vet after seeing him wobble that first night, and sure enough, he was diagnosed with insulinoma. He was in bad shape, and had obviously been suffering with it for a while. I quickly switched him to a raw diet and he was eating and sleeping with my other 5 ferrets, happy as can be. He never quite got the knack for playing and running, but I think just getting to sleep with the other ferrets made him happy. The raw diet improved his dry skin, he gained weight, and he never had an seizure or low blood sugar issue. He was running around the cage, eager for food just 3 days ago. Then he didn't eat his dinner 2 days ago on his own and yesterday morning I found him laying on on the bottom of the cage, not in a bed or sleep sack. I thought he had died, but the little guy was still breathing, very heavily, and he was twitching. I tried corn syrup on the gums, but I believe it was too late. He wasn't coming around. That night, after 6 months with him, we put him to sleep. He was almost 7 years old. I believe 100% that diet and friends is what kept him alive this long with such a high quality of life. I know he probably would have died a slow death with his former owner months ago. I miss him already, and I never knew I would have been so attached after only 6 months. We all miss you, Beaker.