Message Number: YG1138 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Bruce Williams, DVM
Date: 2001-03-11 23:09:00 UTC
Subject: Hairballs was Re: [Ferret-Health-list] Digest Number 53

--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., ferrethealer@a... wrote:
> In a message dated 03/11/01 1:28:37 AM Eastern Standard Time,
> Ferret-Health-list@y... writes:
> << Pam, I know my vet feels she can actually palpate the hairballs
in most
> case. And yes, she is a VERY ferret savy vet. Wondered if the
other vets
> had the same experience.
> >>
> In many cases, I can. You can't rely on that to rule out the
possibility of
> other diseases, however. Sometimes xrays will pick them up, but
again, not
> always.


I have no doubt that your capabilities in palpating hairballs far
exceeds mine. For the sake of improving my own ham-handedness, how
large does it have to be for you to pick it up, and how do you rule
out a recent meal as the cause of the enlarged stomach?