Message Number: YG3833 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Bruce Williams, DVM
Date: 2001-05-20 23:07:00 UTC
Subject: Re: Query about strokes

--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., weezul <weezul1@y...> wrote:
> I was wondering if anyone had any information about
> strokes in ferrets.
> I took her to our vet who confirmed my suspicions, but
> she said our ferret's heart sounded good and there was
> no weakness in her hind legs.
> She was prescribed one 50mg tablet of Vivitonin which
> was crushed in 20mls of Nutrigel and I was told to
> give her 1/2ml twice a day until finished.
> Is there any other form of medication that can be
> given to a ferret with strokes? My vet didn't know.

Dear Weez:

To my knowledge, strokes have never been diagnosed in ferrets - nor
have I ever seen evidence of intracranial hemorrhages in ferrets. In
your post, you do not mention the results of any bloodwork that has
been done - as to whther a blood glucose or CBC was done, or other
tests that were performed to rule in or out other causes of
neurologic disease.

I have misgivings about the attribution of these symptoms to a
condition which has never been identified in a particular species -
without additional testing, I fear that many more likely diagnoses
may have been overlooked.

With kindest regards,

Bruce H. Williams, DVM, DACVP
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