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From: weezul
Date: 2001-04-04 22:02:00 UTC
Subject: Re: [Ferret-Health-list] Re: Green Urine update

Dear Drs Williams & Murray

Thank you both for replying to my query. I much
appreciated your advice/opinions.

Sadly, the vet decided it was unfair for us to prolong
our old man's life so we had to put him to sleep. :>((
It was fairly traumatic, even though we had more or
less expected that would be the verdict.

When the vet examined him, she said his kidney felt
odd - it was shaped like a tear drop and I'm pretty
sure it was the right kidney she was feeling. Would
that be a sign of adrenal?

I decided not to ask for an autopsy because I thought
that if it came back that he *was* suffering from
adrenal problems, I would be absolutely furious with
the 'knowledgeable' vet who examined him last year and
said it was "senile hormonal imbalance".

Thank you again.

owned by only 5 now :~{

--- "Bruce Williams, DVM" <williams@e...>
> --- 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
> option.
> > 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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