Message Number: YG2130 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Bruce Williams, DVM
Date: 2001-04-03 18:59:00 UTC
Subject: Re: Green Urine

--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., AFERRETVET@c... wrote:
> Hi WeEz,
> Green urine may actually be a sign of a liver problem.
> With his hair loss and now with green urine, I am
> concern he may have adrenal gland disease on the right
> side that has spread to his liver. Other causes of liver
> problems are possible too. I would start with bloodwork,
> urinalysis. Ultrasound may also be useful to look at his liver.
> Since he is 10 years old, exploratory surgery would not be my first
> It will be interesting to see what shows up,
> Jerry Murray, DVM

Another possibility in cases of green urine is hemolytic anemia - I
have seen it occasionally in severe hemolytic anemias with urine
bilirubins through the roof. Green urine can also be a sign of
severe urinary tract infection, possibly as a result of adrenal
disease, prostatic disease, and urine retention.

Unfortunately, my experience is that green urine is not a good sign,
and indicates serious disease. I think that a CBC, chemistry, and
urinalysis are better performed sooner than later.

With kindest regards,

Bruce H. Williams, DVM, DACVP
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