Message Number: YG1951 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Bruce Williams, DVM
Date: 2001-04-01 00:22:00 UTC
Subject: Re: urinating blood after stuck in chair

--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., LisetteLu@c... wrote:
> Socks, my deaf blaze, got stuck between two parts of a chair for
about a
> minute. Caught him around the middle of him. He squeeled, and I
ran to
> investigate. Moving the chair -a very expensive vibrating,
> massaging recliner I do not sit in unless all ferrets are in cages--
made him
> cry out.
> So I quickly moved the chair leg support area back, and Socks was
> pulled out. He can walk, run, and be handled without any apparent
pain. But
> he has urinated a light red urine twice now in the last four
hours. No
> apparent pain on urination, and he just ate without a problem. I
have him in
> a sick cage for observation. If he is still urinating blood
> would a vet do for him at emergency vets office?

Dear Lisette:

I doubt that any specific therapy would be available for him at a
vet's office. MOre likely, dignostics would be run - CBC and
urinatlysis to try to quantitate the amount of blood in the urine.

Light bleeding in the urine is most likely going to clear up in 24
hours - ferrets who have their abdomens compressed with a full
bladder may get a hematoma, or very rarely, may suffer a bladder
rupture. With a rupture, within 24-48 hours you will definitely see
a sick animal, as peritonitis will ensue. But this would a very rare
occurrence indeed.

Tomorrow, watch for abdominal pain on gental palpation, lethargy,
inappetence, abdominal bruising, and check that urine again. I'm
betting he'll be fine.

With kindest regards,

Bruce H. Williams, DVM, DACVP
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