Paresis - partial paralysis, weakening of the active motor ability of muscles. At ferrets paresis of the hind limbs are quite common.
Paresis of the hind limbs can be caused by various ferret diseases. It:
Hypoglycemia - a pancreatic tumor or other cancers, sepsis, liver disease, periodic starvation.
Heart diseases - Anemia and other conditions that cause hypoxia (oxygen starvation).
central nervous system - Toxic substances, infections, cancer, injuries, diseases of the fourth vertebra.
Infectious diseases - fungi, dog plague, toxoplasmosis, Aleutian mink disease.
Gastrointestinal tract - bladder stones, enlarged spleen, peritonitis (inflammation of the peritoneum), as well as pain in the peritoneum, can cause symptoms that are similar to paresis of the hind limbs.
Other diseases - for example, hypocalcemia (low blood calcium) in females, vitamin B1 deficiency, kidney failure.
With paresis of the hind limbs, the paws can be extended backward (like frogs) or when walking, the animal will pull up the hind limbs. Sick ferrets cannot stand or walk for long. If they stand, then they rest only on the front paws, and the back of the body lies.
Paresis of the hind limbs is not an independent disease, but signs of other diseases (see above).
A full examination, including an accurate picture of the disease, will help establish the root cause of paresis. Laboratory blood tests (SHS), x-rays or ultrasounds, spinal fluid analysis will help with the correct diagnosis.
When caring for a sick animal, you should monitor the cleanliness of the anus and urogenital areas (urinary and genital organs), especially for animals in which self-emptying of the intestines and bladder occurs.
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