Message Number: YG2166 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Bruce Williams, DVM
Date: 2001-04-04 15:40:00 UTC
Subject: Re: Green Urine

--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., AFERRETVET@c... wrote:
> Hi Sukie,
> Biliverdin is green in color and can give the
> urine a green color. Biliverdin is usually converted
> to bilirubin. Bilirubin is yellow in color. High bilirubin
> will cause jaundice (yellow color to skin, eyes,etc.).
> As Dr Williams pointed out, destruction of red blood
> cells can also cause increased biliverdin and a green color
> to the urine along with some other possible causes.
> Jerry Murray, DVM

At necropsy, an animal in liver failure can also have green
discoloration of the kidney tissue as well ("cholemic nephrosis") and
in really bad cases, the liver is green too.

With kindest regards,

Bruce H. Williams, DVM, DACVP
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