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From: Sukie Crandall
Date: 2001-02-28 11:53:00 UTC
Subject: Re: [Ferret-Health-list] Digest Number 19

>Date: Tue, 27 Feb 2001 17:59:49 -0600
>From: "G Kelley" <gkelley0@h...>
>Subject: UTI, any ideas please

>Hi, I just joined the list (am also a lurker on the FML). My name is
>Deb Kelley >and I am the current president of the Manitoba Ferret
>Association in Winnipeg, >Manitoba, Canada. I also run our no-kill
>shelter. I am wned by 9 personal ferts >and permanently foster 3
>from the shelter.
>OK, now for my question.
>One of our members dopted a ferret from us. This summer he was
>diagnosed with >having e-coli in his bladder. It took two regimes of
>antibiotics to clear this >up. He has been good for three months and
>now the symptoms are back. Symptoms >e-coli has infected the
>prostrate. The ferret is back on a 21 day antibiotic >course -
>Cephalexin suspension 250 ml pr 5 ml; .5ml twice a day. Can the
>ferret >have his prostrate removed if the antibiotics don't work
>this time? If this is >going to be the norm every three months
>having to be on antibiotics, is there >any other options? Has anyone
>else dealt with an e-coli infection of this >nature? Hope someone
>has suggestions.
>deb aka ferretqueen

Deb, What about them collecting urine and culturing the bacteria? It
might be antibiotic resistant, in which case the cultured bacteria
will let them know which antibiotic will be most effective.

The best way we have found to collect urine is to have the vet
extract it by needle. I know that sounds awful; we tried all sorts of
alternatives ourselves before finally doing it. Then we found that
the ferret didn't mind it very much.