Posted: April 13, 2012, 4 a.m. EDT
Q: I recently adopted three wonderful ferrets from someone. The oldest (3 years old, according to the former owner) displays a curious behavior. He will walk/run/play normally, but then he just drops to the floor or flops his hindquarters down for no reason. Even after hours of rest, he does this. He doesn’t seem to be in pain or unable to move regularly, and he can still easily climb into his hammock. I’m not sure why he does this while the other ferrets prance around with their backs arched high. Is he sick, tired, hurt or something else? He’s not overweight that I can tell, and he doesn’t show any other problems.
A: Some ferrets flop down when they are just bored or frustrated about something. Unfortunately this can also be a sign of medical problems. Some of the possible medical problems can include, but are not limited to, a heart problem, blood sugar problems or spinal problems.
If you haven’t had your ferret in to see a veterinarian recently, now is a good time to take him in for a checkup, blood work and X-rays. If your veterinarian doesn’t find any problems, then you can breathe a sigh of relief. If he or she does find a medical issue, then be thankful that you caught it early so you can begin treatment.
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