Date: 2001-02-27 11:25:00 UTC
Subject: Re: Cutaneous Lymphosarcoma
I too feel this list is a great idea... thanks to all involved in
getting it going.
I'm not an expert, but this last year has shown me a great deal
about what this disease can do. I have included a link to Spaz's web
site so that you can see his form of lymphosarcoma. This site is
unfortunately not up to date.
When Spaz starting showing initial signs of the disease coming back
on the feet, a few things happened which may or may not be related.
First, a new sore sprang up on his side just beneath the original
one that was removed in an earlier surgery. Then he started getting
oily brown nail beds, and his nails stopped growing. His front left
paw was the first to be involved and it took on a red and puffy
appearance. Shortly thereafter, he started losing hair from the
foot. Underneath, his pas was also swollen, dry and cracked in
appearance. The other three feet are not as involved as this one
foot but they all took on a red and puffy appearance. His ears were
also puffy and filled with brown stuff too. I had to clean them
daily, and from Spaz's reaction, I could tell it hurt him to do so.
Spaz also started getting what I thought were new spots all over his
body. Hair was falling out fast and in patches.
It is important to keep a vigilant eye on the sores. My biggest
concern at this point is to try to make Spaz comfortable by trying
to reduce swelling in the feet, and try and heal the sores. So far,
so good. I was using Panalog cream for his ears, and every other day
on the feet and small sores, along with celestoderm 0.1%. The ears
after a month are clear, with no more brown stuff or swelling. The
also no longer hurt him when I do a swab, so I know he is feeling
better these days. The small spots on his body are gone, and the
back feet look clear. The front right is almost normal in
appearance. The left foot is still of major concern as it still gets
red and puffy if we miss even one day of treatment. I've considered
bandaging it, but Spaz seems okay to walk on it normally.
Spaz gets Timmy's Tonic, additional Red Clover, and colloidal silver
daily. There is overall improvement in his energy level and the hair
on his body has almost completely returned, save for his tail, but
it's coming in slowly too. I want to get Spaz's immune system up in
preparation for a possible surgery to remove the new site on the
side. I'm not sure what to do about the foot if it doesn't get
better. I don't know if I want to pursue the idea of amputation of a
foot on an almost 8 year old ferret. I'm pursing the homeopathic
medicines at this point to see if there is benefit to his overall
condition. A couple of months ago, considering the number of sores
that were springing up, I was afraid I was going to lose him, so the
homeopathic route seemed like I had nothing to lose. It seems to be
working, so I'll continue this course of treatment for the time
being, although I have no scientific data to support this. So far,
so good and all I can do is cross my fingers...
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