Acute Renal Failure (ARF) In Ferrets

06/07/2019

Ferrets that develop acute renal failure (ARF) experiences an abrupt decline in the function and integrity of the kidneys. This can eventually lead to abnormal changes in the body chemistry including fluid and mineral balance. These abnormal changes can have a negative effect on the major systems and organs of the body. There are various causes of ARF in ferrets, such as toxins, the presence of obstruction along the urethra, rupture of the urinary bladder, or decreased flow of blood to the kidneys. While the problem can affect ferrets of any age, cases are higher in older ferrets. Important signs to look out for is weakness, a sudden loss of appetite, lethargy, vomiting, and distinct changes in water consumption and urine output and frequency. Severe cases are often characterized by decrease in urine output or cessation of urine production.

Sudden changes in your pet's urination must be brought to the attention of an Aspen Commons Animal Hospital.