to tell you guys… when we took nora to the vet for her once-over, i asked sue about rinky and tinker and she told me that rinky had passed away…
but that tinker had made good friends with another ferret and was doing good.
i guess it’s cuz the only thing i can do is sit in the chair and get up to stretch every 10 minutes.
the ferrets have been at their new home for 2 weeks as of today… and i miss them. but with all the house stuff, they would have been stuck in their cage for days at a time, only seeing me to force tinker to take medicine. i’d probably have become someone they hated after a short while. i hope they’re doing well…
a huge weight has been lifted. the lady at the vet is more than willing to take rinky and tinker. she’s a ferret owner, and understands their health problems, and she will take care of them. i was so relieved to hear her voice message saying she’d take them.
kurt and i have decided not to move rinky and tinker to the new house, so… i left a message for at the vet asking if they know of anyone willing to adopt two oldish, kinda sickly ferrets.
… i feel kinda bad, irresponsible…
UPDATE!: sue, at the vet, said she’d take the ferrets. i can’t wait to tell kurty.
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she’s a hoot!
but, she doesn’t seem to know that ferrets are all de-scented at the time of neutering or spaying.
they still retain their own special odor; and when multiplied by 6, they most certainly do violate any ‘no pets’ clause.
tinker had a seizure this morning. god that was scary. so off to healthy pet vet we went… they gave him a hardcore shot of some crazy steroid and he was immediately alert. he also gave them a gift of tar-poop, indicating stomach ulcers; probably caused by the stress of everything going on.
so i’m making a mush out of his food and we’ll be starting a new routine. sucralfate 20 minutes before eating; then a mush cube warmed up and if he doesn’t eat that, then force feed with syringe. luckily, ferretone is not out of the diet cuz that’s his favorite treat.
so… 7am and 7pm, he gets prednisolone; and until the pancreatic tumors get bigger, this will be the norm. :/
the woman at the vet has a ton of ferrets herself, four of which are insulinoma and she has been maintaining their health for three years. omg.
what a mess.
this is after playing hardcore for 30 minutes. he didn’t eat anything when we got home, but he did go directly into the cage to poo and then drink a bunch of water.
we’ll need to go to our regular vet soon to get a blood glucose checkup. i’m just glad to have him home.
probably more-so for tinkerbell. when i dropped him off 24 hours ago, his blood sugar count was 35. mean is 110. at 4pm, it had gone up slightly and the dr was pleased so they started to wean him off the glucose. by 9pm it had dropped to 17. he stayed overnight with the diagnosis of insulinoma. basically, the result of an adrenalectomy is a reduced hormone which is no longer present to mask the hypoglycemia. so, long story short, he gets daily prednizone until he doesn’t want to any more.
the bill ain’t nothing to sneeze at either.
so tinker isn’t eating and he’s super dehydrated and at the emergency vet with an iv in his leg.
he peed on me when they took his temperature (guess where from?).
i’m in the wrong business. i won’t even tell you how much this is going to cost.
not to find the ferrets a new home. tinker’s hair is starting to grow back and he looks so cute and happy and i don’t want to give them away.