Date: 2001-05-21 19:05:00 UTC
Subject: Re: [Ferret-Health-list] ferret with neuro problems and
Hi Dr Garro,
The "flat on his belly, legs stretched out behind him"
is common in ferrets. I call it "the ain't doing right pose."
Others refer to it as the "sick ferret syndrome." Basically
any illness can cause it, not specifically a neuro problem,
or a disk injury. The cystic prostate is secondary to adrenal
gland disease. The p.u. was probably done when he first started
having urination problems from the prostste problem (ie adrenal
gland surgery should have been done not a p.u.). Did you ultrasound
his adrenal glands and liver? Possibly the right adrenal gland
has spread to his liver and is causing the bilirubin crystals.
I would suggest a blood profile and adrenal gland surgery.
If surgery is not an option then Lupron can be used to control
the adrenal gland disease, and Propecia can be used to control
the prostate. Plus an antibiotic for the bladder (and possible
prostate infection) such as Clavamox and/or Baytril.
Hope that helps,
Jerry Murray, DVM