Gastrointestinal foreign objects in young ferrets. Young ferrets should never be allowed unsupervised free range of home. We have seen and removed tacks, coins, and toys from the GI tract of ferrets. Affected animals are generally quiet, depressed, and dehydrated. Ferrets with GI foreign body may or may not vomit or have diarrhea. Diagnosis is generally made from a detailed history, physical examination, and survey radiographs. Foreign bodies will need to be surgically.
Diarrhea in a rabbit is an emergency. Rabbits are hindgut fermenters that rely on microbial fermentation in the cecum to produce energy in the form of volatile fatty acids. Changes to the diet, inappropriate antibiotics (e.g., penicillins, cephalosporins, and macrolides) trauma, or low fibers diets can lead to microbial dysbiosis in the cecum. Fluctuations in the microbial flora of the cecum generally lead to the over-development of pathogenic strains of bacteria. Affected rabbits become anorectic, develop ileus, and may cease the production of fecal pellets. If your bunny has diarrhea, he/she needs to see a vet as soon as possible.
Heat stroke in rabbits. Domestic rabbits that are housed outdoors or in non temperature-regulated locations can quickly succumb to heat stroke, especially at temperatures at or above 88° F. The prognosis for a rabbit in heat stroke is guarded to grave. Housing a rabbit indoors is the best option. If it’s necessary to house a rabbit outdoors, both shade and unlimited access to cool water is essential.
Traumatic injuries in both ferrets and rabbits. Most of these injuries are caused by a pet dog sharing the same home with the rabbit or ferret. Care should always be given if a dog shares a home with these animals and they should never be permitted together without close supervision. Even if a dog generally gets along with the rabbit or ferret, often times simple playfulness from the dog can cause injury wiht potential catastrophic results. Injured pets require immediate attention, including a physical exam, bloodwork and xrays to assess the extent of the injuries.