I have been running the Main shelter for 18 years and Garret’s medical problem was a first for the MFA! Garret’s mom and dad were at their wits end when they called me. Their handsome boy who was a year and a half had become very aggressive with their female ferret Luna and also their cat. Garret was “mounting” them incessantly. Garret had also become really really stinky! They were trying to juggle 2 separate ferret play times, hide the cat and look after a new baby. They felt that Garret was not happy and needed a different playmate. Luna and the cat were so stressed out.
Now I love, love, love the way ferrets smell, but Garret was way over the top! He smelled just like a whole male ferret! Actually, it’s a little strong, but, I didn’t mind it! Sidebar, if you don’t change your clothes after handling said ferret, people at the store give you peculiar looks when you walk by them!
Now years ago we had a young dark eyed white male ferret, approximately 2 and 1/2 years old that was surrendered because he was stinky. A trip to the vet and follow up surgery revealed a huge tumor on his left adrenal gland.
Off to the vet’s we went with Garret. My guess was adrenal tumor or maybe incomplete neuter. I have had female ferrets in with incomplete spay but never an incomplete neuter. Dr. Singh was 95% sure that Garret had a undescended testicle. Dr. Singh had time that very day to do the surgery. So, before I had time to worry about Garret and the anesthetic be was whisked away.
Garret was awake and ready to party when I picked him up 4 hours later. I was told to keep him quiet for a few days-right! Garret did 36 hours in the hospital cage and then made it clear he was going crazy being confined.
I want to thank Garret for his donation to our Show and Tell Kit for the Second year students at Red River College. I have a Cordoma tumor, a spleen and now a testicle!