Rascal 2.0
 
Rascal 2.0 Rascal 2.0...The 2nd Rascal in the shelter, and unfortunately they do look a bit alike! Another beautiful dark sable, he and his cagemates had a rough beginning here. He and his brothers Max and Skeeter arrived due to a family that was unable to keep them any longer, a bit skinny and dirty but all in all they seemed to be in ok condition. 1 week after arrival the projectile vomiting and extreme diarrhea set in. We tried Cerenia, metaclopramide and famotidine, finally between the metaclopramide and famotidine we were able to get the worst of the vomiting somewhat under control, several antibiotics, fluids and anti-diarrhea meds followed but nothing was working and we were losing them. We tried another stool sample, and finally had an answer, Cocciodia! Fluids, meds and many late night feedings followed, these poor boys felt like pincushions with as many times as I had to stab them for meds and fluids daily! At the time I was also ill with bronchitis, so the 2 & 5 AM wake-up calls to get them food and meds was NOT an easy thing for me to accomplish! It was touch and go for these guys for days, we lost Max who was the weakest of the trio, but fortunately we were able to pull Rascal and Skeeter through. We also called their previous owners to let them know their other animals had been exposed, but they would not listen to me, and denied that anything had been wrong. Our vet was shocked at the sheer amount of cocciodia shedding in their stool, there was no way they contracted this in the 7 days they had been here! Rascal is a loving kissy fellow, he was the 2nd worst of the lot and I am so happy that he managed to pull through. These guys are good eaters fortunately although I am still trying to put a little more meat on Rascal's bones. He and his brother are not so good at using the litter pan though, so I so go through both washable and disposable pee pads, natures miracle, and vinegar a-lot!
They do get soup regularly, so basic soup making components are appreciated, they are also on carafate for their tummy's which is mixed with the soup.

It has been an interesting year here at the shelter, with several rescues that were in need of surgeries immediately raising our vet bills more than normal. An outbreak of cocciodia, resulting in the loss of 1 ferret, and several other extremely ill ferrets, all at the same time as I was going through a bad case of bronchitis/laryngitis. The lack of rest for me due to the ferrets cocciodia outbreak made my illness much worse and I eventually was ordered to several days bed rest to recover. Then I tore tendons in my left ankle, a walking boot proved ineffective for healing and I was then placed in a non-weight bearing cast, making it near impossible to care for the ferrets. Fortunately my sister and husband were able to take care of the ferrets for me. The vet bills here are much higher than we would wish, if you can possibly help at all with that it is great, however we are extremely grateful to receive anything at all that you can spare.

Some common use items that are helpful:
Paper towels (we go through tons of these)
baby wipes
sanitizing wipes
puppy pads
laundry soap (again we use a lot with all the bedding)
needles & syringes
wood stove pellets (or a gift card so I can buy these from menards & lowes)
ferret lax for hairballs
chicken & turkey baby food
Plain canned pumpkin

Gift cards to ferret.com, Dr's Foster & Smith, Totally Ferret, Wal-mart, Lowes & Menards

Please Send Gifts to:
Forget-Me-Not-Ferrets of Quincy, IL
wzlqwen@sbcglobal.net
ferretshelters.org/shelters-directory/1959/forget-me-not-ferrets-quincy-il
We also have a Facebook page under Forget-Me-Not-Ferrets of Quincy, IL
Vet Bills Can Be Paid At:
Dr. Sue Sculley
Klingle Veterinary Clinic
4601 Broadway
Quincy IL USA 62305

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