“Wyrd biõ ful ãræd.”

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Journey to the Exotic Pet Specialist.

Ragnar and I loaded up and went to the veterinarian who handles exotics in North Georgia. I don't know why ferrets are considered exotic pets but they are.

He was good and slept in his carrier almost the whole trip down.  At the doctor's office he played with all the cute veterinarian assistants and was a big hit.  He has a lot of personality.

But things kind of went downhill when the Doctor came. He's a good guy.  When my daughter was home she used to take her "Silkie" chickens to him when they got sick.  So we've known him a long time.

He looked at the thing on Ragnars shoulder, and he thinks it is a tumor.  It will be biopsied,  and if it is malignant then other than palliative care to make Ragnar comfortable, nothing can be done. However, if it is benign he will have to have surgery but then he will be cured.

The Doctor said people really shouldn't get ferrets, because 33% of them die of cancer or adrenal disease before they are five years old. He said even a healthy ferret usually doesn't live more than 5 years, and it is hard on people when they die.  Little does he know how right he is about that. But  if their lifespan is short, they live it to the fullest and if they are cared for , they are very happy creatures with a lot of joy and comfort to share.  So I think that when they pass on, they've had their natural time and it's ok, just like when a person finally goes on to whatever is next.

We got some very powerful antibiotics that Ragnar has to take for a week, twice a day. The Doctor doesn't think this is going to help, since I've already been giving him antibiotics, but he says that ferrets do get lesions that look like this, and we will try the antibiotics for a week.

Meanwhile, Ragnar enjoyed the young women fussing over him. He loved up to them, and put his paws on their faces, and kissed their cheeks. He enjoyed all the attention.  Then he slept all the way home. He was worn out though, because he went to his box and has been sleeping since then.

Ever onward.

21 comments:

  1. Poor little feller. Hope it works out for him.

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    1. Well, it might be a lesion. And if it isn't, it might be benign. And if it isn't, I'll take good care of him, and he won't feel any pain. He'll go out with his colony mates all around him. I'm hoping for the best, but my luck that way has been pretty poor.

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  2. Sure sorry about Ragnar. Like you said, he's lived a long fine life. You should name any new pet, Benson.

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    1. Well, I'm looking for some ferrets that have been dumped off .I called a couple of local animal shelters yesterday, but they already know to call me if they get ferrets and they didn't have any. I told my daughter to look out up there, and if she finds some in need of a home I will drive up to visit, and pick them up. You really need at least six ferrets for a healthy colony, and now I only have three. Who is Benson?

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    2. Oh, yeah. Ragnar Benson. I haven't been too quick on the uptake lately.

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  3. Girls love polecats. Fact of life.

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  4. He's a charmer. I think in some respects, he's more human than I am. He certainly has a better rapport with people than I can achieve.

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  5. With our pets we hope for the best and prepare for the worst. The best needs to win this time.

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    1. I'm due for a little luck. Two of mine died of old age, and two of illness. Maybe Ragnar will grab the brass ring and we can just have this removed.

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  6. You are a good man to care for your Ragnar like that. I salute you. Kiss for Ragnar. You just get a handshake.

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    1. Ragnar will like the kiss. He's a great ladies man. (or ladies ferret). My ferrets are my friends. They are like people to me.

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  7. Harry,


    (captaincrunch)

    Im that way about dogs.

    I have rescued three dogs so far. One from a no kill shelter, the other from a run down trailer park and the third was given to me by a friend who could no longer take care of him.
    Any one who abuses animals or mistreats them to the extreme should be given a "Blood Eagle" like on Vikings. It's a big gruesome, but it would have been a fitting punishment for people who are convicted of act's of extreme cruelty like the football player "Micheal Vick"

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    1. I think most of us that like animals do what we can to help them out when they need it. I just wish more people liked animals.

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  8. Hope the biopsy reveals a benign growth on Ragnar's shoulder. Take it easy, Harry.

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    1. Dani, his shoulder looks better this morning, and I am beginning to entertain hope this was an infection and not a tumor at all. But I am very good at the "denial" aspect of crisis management, so I guess next Friday will tell the tale.

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  9. Harry - i am so sorry to hear about little Ragnar, but as many have already said, you have taken such good care of him and he has had a very happy life. i hope it works out with the vet and i hope that Ragnar comes through it all just fine.

    your friend,
    kymber

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    1. Kymber, he looks better today I think. I hope it will work out ok. I'm due for some good luck with the ferrets for a change.

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  10. Fingers crossed for the best outcome, but I know whatever happens you will take good care of him.

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    1. I think he really looked better this morning. But then, no one can hold a candle to me when it comes to denial and rationalization in the face of calamity.

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  11. Sending prayers that he will have a speedy recovery!

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    1. Thanks. Ragnar and I can use all the help we can get.

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