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• UNABLE TO WALK
• PALE GUMS OR LETHARGY
• SUDDEN COLLAPSE WEAKNESS OR LOSS OF COORDINATION
• EXCESSIVE HEAT OR COLD EXPOSURE
• INGESTION OF ANY POISON OR UNKNOWN TOXIN
• NOT EATING OR DRINKING FOR LONGER THAN TWO DAYS
• HIT BY A CAR OR ANY OTHER MAJOR BODILY INJURY
• UNCONTROLLABLE VOMITING OR DIARRHEA OR DEHYDRATION
• INFECTED WOUNDS
• ABNORMAL BLEEDING
• DIFFICULTY BREATHING
• DIFFICULTY BIRTHING
• EQUINE COLIC
• URINARY BLOCKAGE or DIFFICULTY URINATING
• VENOMOUS BITES
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One thing I wanted to add to this for FERRET OWNERS: If your ferret has NOT eaten or gone to the bathroom in over 4 hours, I HIGHLY suggest you head to the vet. A ferret's digestive system lasts 4 hours, so they should be hungry again. If they haven't gone to the bathroom or look like they are straining, they could have a blockage and may require surgery or other measures (like a Tablespoon of olive oil) to help them pass whatever is blocking. Surgery is expensive, please keep any rubber materials, stuffing from shoes etc, or other small items out of their reach to help prevent this from happening.
If you have an intact (non-spayed) female (jill) ferret, you MUST get her a jill-jab or have her spayed before she goes into heat. Heat will last until she is bred or has a jill-jab. Your ferret specific vet should be able to help you find a jill-jab to pull her out of heat, and then get her spayed. She WILL DIE if she stays in heat. It causes a heart problem.
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