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From: Lisa Sanchez
Date: 2001-04-20 21:49:00 UTC
Subject: Re: [Ferret-Health-list] unexplained hind end paralysis

Hi ~

One of our ferrets also lost the use of her rear end.
She was actually able to move her rear legs, but not
lift her hind area (butt area). The vet could not
explain it, but thought maybe it was from weakness.
So, we put her on pred, 1/4 of a 5 mg tablet
twice/day. Within a week, she was walking normally

I'm not sure if this would help Bully-Vard, but maybe
it's something to speak to your vet about.

Good luck!
Lisa and the Gang
--- Hey Hey Hey <squeaky@n...> wrote:
> Hey All,
> Got a little male rescue in on April 6th. He had
> been dropped off in the
> parking lot of Auto Zone. When he was picked up he
> was depressed, skinny
> and had a bite mark on his neck/shoulder area and
> some kind of skid mark on
> the top of his head.
> Bully-Vard was taken to the next available vet
> appointment on April 12 where
> he received a rabies shot. It was discovered at the
> vet appointment that
> Bully-Vard walks with a higher than normal arch to
> his back and that he is
> bow legged. Other than shelter depression
> Bully-Vard appeared to be fine
> and checked out fine at the vets.
> On April 17 Bully-Vard started to favor his right
> rear leg. By the morning
> of the 18 he would hardly use it at all and kept it
> tucked up underneath his
> body. He lost much of his appetite and showed some
> signs of panting. He
> was taken to an emergency clinic that nite where
> they could find nothing
> wrong on exam. They did not take exrays as
> Bully-Vard had an appointment
> with his regular vet the next day.
> On the 19th Bully-Vard was taken to the shelter vet
> and 4 xrays were taken.
> They showed nothing abnormal except for a small
> space inbetween two of his
> vertabrae which the vet did not consider
> signifigant. Blood work was not
> done as the vet did not think it would show him
> anything. The vet beleives
> it is neurological in origin and put Bully-Vard on
> bed rest (in a small cage
> with no out time) and anti- inflamatories for the
> next 3 weeks.
> At this point Bully-Vard is no longer using his hind
> end at all and is
> dragging it when he moves. His appetite is back and
> his poops are normal.
> He is understandably lethargic.
> Anyone have a clue as to what may be going on or
> what else can be done for
> him?
> HappyTails,
> Karen
> scruffu@d...
> where ferrets learn to dance again

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