Message Number: YG2569 | New FHL Archives Search
Date: 2001-04-15 11:01:00 UTC
Subject: Re HUGE Lumps was Re: [Ferret-Health-list] Digest Number

In a message dated 04/15/01 6:59:40 AM Eastern Daylight Time, writes:

<< there's also a
huge lump that is both on the side of the neck and around to the
underside of the throat. owner had him in to a local vet i'm not at
all confident in who took an xray and bloodwork: she proclaimed it
was DEFINATELY NOT lymphoma and put him on .75 BID "SMZ TMP" Liquid
(1/2 oz), which is a light pink liquid that "is not to be
refridgerated" and appears milky with a thin, more water layer that
seperates to the top before shaking. what is this stuff? >>

SMZ TMP is a sulfa antibiotic. Not a bad one for generalized bacterial
infections. But I am concerned with this guy's breathing and the masses.
Lymphoma would be high on my list, although there is the possibility, I
suppose, of a nasty infection or a different type of cancer. Did you get the
x-rays and the bloodwork? Can you get them? Either way, this little one
needs to get to a vet as soon as possible, even a reasonably competent one to
do repeat x-rays to look at his chest, maybe do an aspirate of the masses to
evaluate the type of cells. Good luck!

Dr. Ruth
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