Message Number: YG2350 | New FHL Archives Search
Date: 2001-04-08 07:14:00 UTC
Subject: Re: [Ferret-Health-list] Kidney transplants

In a message dated 4/6/01 8:30:13 PM Eastern Daylight Time, AFERRETVET@c...
Hi Diane - Sorry for this factious comment I am about to make, but even if it
was feasible to do a kidney transplant on a ferret, where would you get the
donor? Not many ferrets die of brain trauma leaving the body organs it good
shape. Can't imagine taking a kidney from a healthy ferret who is not able
to make that choice!
Also, don't think any immunosuppressant meds to guard against rejection have
been tried on ferrets. With the sensitive immune system ferrets seem to
have, think an autoimmune rejection of the kidney would be a good
possibility. Just a few thoughts. Best Regards, Meg

<< Hi Diane,
I am not sure if any kidney transplants have been done
with ferrets. None that I know of.
Jerry Murray, DVM