Message Number: YG1524 | New FHL Archives Search
Date: 2001-03-20 23:58:00 UTC
Subject: Re: [Ferret-Health-list] Re:Need help with insulinomic
ferret & urinary tract...

In a message dated 3/18/01 2:42:38 AM Eastern Standard Time, PALOSZOO@a...

<< Unfortunately,
Bones was rushed to the clinic Friday night and he died this morning. My
foster home told me this morning at the pet expo. Apparently, Bones
a urinary tract blockage and did not recover after catheterizing him, etc...
I have requested a necropsy. I'm not happy.

It seems that every ferret I've seen at the vet with a urinary blockage has
ended up dead (not my own ferrets). The vet agrees that he doesn't have much
luck with these cases. So, my question is this: Is this a technique problem?
Inexperience? A condition that generally comes with a poor prognosis?

Kim Schilling >>
Hi Kim - I am sorry for your loss. I don't know if your comments are the
rule or not. I don't think so, but the vets I am certain will give you
input. I have only had one ferret lost to urinary tract blockage. The
urethra was blocked by a couple of large crystals. He also had a bladder
full of crystals.

The surgery to clear the blockage was a success, but my ferret died from
anesthesia shock. However, all of this took place some 17-18 years ago and.
at that time, anesthesia was one of the biggest risks for ferrets. My ferret
was a 3 year old MF gib. I changed foods and that was actually the beginning
of my quest for what we should really be feeding our ferrets. I have never
had another occurrence - so far - of bladder crystals. I did, however, lose
a 10 year old boy to a tumor located on the posterior of the bladder. He
presented with sudden bleeding. Rushed to the vet it was found that the
tumor had ruptured the bladder.
The location of the tumor made it impossible to find by palpation. Best
regards, Meg Oh shoot, my point on remarking on the bladder rupture was
because I think any case of bleeding from the prepuce or urethra should be
checked by vet immediately.