Message Number: YG1197 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Bruce Williams, DVM
Date: 2001-03-13 00:44:00 UTC
Subject: Re: I need some help here with IBD

--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., fuzzyslave@y... wrote:
> My Hansel we thought had ulcers.Was on meds for about 2 weeks with
> improvemet so off we went to the vets again.Poor baby has lost so
> much weight.And after 2 days of tests & x-rays we or vet rather
> IBD.
> This i my first time to deal wit it & it's not ging good.Hansel is
> on Albon once a da,Metrondazole 1/8 tab once a day,Prednisone 2 x's
> day,& Meimucle 3 times a day at 2 cc's,& Lixotinic .2 cc's 2x's
> day.I'm feeding him Gerber chicken food every 3 hours as he's
> eating on his own.And just a few minutes ago when I fed him he
> started pawing his mouth.We'll be at the vets again in the am but I
> wanted some output here from those that have dealt with it.DR
> Williams?Please help m to hep this young boy.He's such a
> the one I posted about his human giving him up &he misses is boy to
> follow everywhere.He's only 14 mth old.

OK, I suppose the first thing that I have to ask is how the diagnosis
of IBD was made - what bloodwork results and/or X-ray results pointed
to it?

One reason that I am unsure is because of the wide-ranging
medications that he appears to be on - anticoccidials, antibiotics,
steroids, Metamucil (I think that is what you typed) - just a little
bit of everything, without apparent rhyme or reason. It doesn't
appear to be pointing at IBD, but a little bit of everything. If we
were looking precisely at IBD, a typical way to approach might be to
limit it to the steroid and a bland diet.

What clinical signs is he showing? What were the bloodwork results?

As the body of your post doesn't give any objective reason why the
IBD was diagnosed, and the therapy doesn't apparently support it, I
am unable either to confirm this diagnosis or suggest why the therapy
is not going well.

With kindest regards,

Bruce H. Williams, DVM, DACVP
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