Message Number: YG1331 | New FHL Archives Search
From: steve austin
Date: 2001-03-16 10:37:00 UTC
Subject: Re: [Ferret-Health-list] spleenomegy...when is it benign
and when not?

Question.. is this some thing that usually dissapears as oddly as it
appears? I am certain she does not have helicop. bacteria. I am
can she just be fighting a slow virus (like we do with mono)? sigh.
should I worry.... if at all?


I am sure the more experienced vets will answer this, I am thinking that
in a young ferret the spleen is not normally enlarged, and it is more
"normal" as a result of chronic inflammation over years in an older
ferret. Since your ferret is so young I would be thinking more of
juvenile lympho., as a possiblity- of course it can be an infection right
now, but one that enlarges the spleen so big, and causes lethargy is
still something worth looking into- how about a CBC?? Are there any
enlarged lymph nodes?
My first ferret with lymphoma was just not acting right, flat ferret too
much, sleeping too much- CBC showed low WBC, and anemia, and we took it
from there.

I hate to even write that possibility, but it seems that with ferrets
every differential leads down that road. Not meaning that is the
diagnosis, but always a consideration.

Please keep us updated.

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