Message Number: YG2518 | New FHL Archives Search
Date: 2001-04-13 03:40:00 UTC
Subject: AIHA

In a message dated 4/13/01 7:29:48 AM, Dr. Williams writes:

<< One thing that I have had the opportunity to see in AIHA ferrets
(usually they go so quick all we get is the tissue) is a peripheral
blood smear. I would be interested to see if they manifest with
spherocytes (abnormally shaped RBC,s with a diminished oxygen-
carrying capacity) as other species do. >>

We had two who died within a short time of one another. Both presented
initially with the yellow tint to their skin. Dr. Dutton of the Wear Animal
Hospital, Weare, NH made the diagnosis based on very low red blood counts and
said that many of the remaining red blood cells appeared to be very immature
- abnormally shaped.

Dick B.