Message Number: YG1764 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Bruce Williams, DVM
Date: 2001-03-26 22:34:00 UTC
Subject: Re: Bruiser,Again...Dr Williams,SORRY!

--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., JTRADFORD@w... wrote:
> Hi again!
> Poops are NOW yellowish/green....what's up with that?? He just ate
> jar Gerbers.ONLY,tho off the "back" of a plastic spoon,no other way!
> haha! Then I gave him 30cc's of pedialite....STILL going to the
> Vet,tomorrow.Will be taking a stool sample.Do you think he's in
pain? I
> still have lots of pain meds.
> So sorry,but crazy Tara is a stressed out wreck again.....He IS my
> baby,even tho he may be 4 or 5...
> ps...his gums & pads of feet are darker reddish than before.....mean
> anything??

Dear Tara:

Yellowish/green poop and reddish paw pads - I am hesitant to discount
the possibility of some form of systemic disease, however, the nature
of the surgery - (removal of a subcutaneous nodule) as well as the
normality to date doesn't make me want to diagnose a disease quite
yet. As I often tell people - don't be a stool gazer - we monitor
general trends over DAYS, rather than one poop, or one day's poops.

As he has been doing well prior to this, and eating well, and you
don't mention any problems with the incision, I would suggest that if
there is a problem, it has nothing to do with the previous surgery.
Have you been spoiling him over the last few days, by any chance (a
common cause of bad poop)?

If he is eating well, and moving around well, I doubt that he is in
significant pain. His tumor was in the upper jaw - if he was in
pain, he wouldn't be eating.

It probably wouldn't hurt to take in a stool sample, but I think I'm
still a ways from considering significant disease here.

With kindest regards,

Bruce H. Williams, DVM, DACVP
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