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From: - Z -
Date: 2001-05-10 01:44:00 UTC
Subject: Re: fat pads vs. lymph nodes?

--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., "Bruce Williams, DVM" <williams@e...>
> It is very difficult indeed to tell the difference between fat pads
> and enlarged nodes, and many vets end up biopsying fat. In very
> general rules - enlarged nodes are generally hard, and fat is
> generally soft and mushy. But it can be very tricky, and an
> or a biopsy often is required.

As it turns out, my vet felt very confident that it was fat-- the
lumps certainly had the soft and mushy feel you describe. You can
squish the fat around between your fingers, and Amelia shows no sign
of this being painful or sensitive. None of the other usual easily
palpated lymph nodes had any sign of enlargement, so I feel pretty
confident in her judgement.

My vet also did not feel that Amelia had any fluid retention going on-
- her tummy is just full of fat too. Any tension I felt earlier in
the week in her abdominal area was probably gas or a full bladder.
I'll get Amelia's BG results later today, but all in all, she
received a clean bill of health, all things considered.

Thanks for your earlier response-- I'm glad this was just a case of
owner hypochondria!


Regina Harrison regina_z@h... or regina@c...

the tears are welling in my eyes again
I need twenty big buckets to catch them in
and twenty pretty girls to carry them down
and twenty deep holes to bury them in