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From: Rhea Fulmer
Date: 2001-05-27 00:40:00 UTC
Subject: Re: [Ferret-Health-list] Oliver, Please Help!!

I had a ferret a little over a year ago with a similar
problem.....He was having urinary symptoms such as you
described at the time that he had to have his second
adrenalectomy, which was done by cryosurgery. He did
fine with the surgery, however, the vet found a cyst
near/on his prostate that was obviously causing the
thick, yellow, penile discharge and the trouble
urinating. To make a long story short, I had to have
him put down because he deteriorated so quickly.
Later, I consulted with Dr. Charlie Weiss by email
concerning my ferret. He mentioned options that my
vet was obviously unaware of regarding his problem.
According to Dr. Weiss (if I remember correctly) if we
had known what to do at the time the vet could have
done surgery to drain the cyst. Also, he said that
even though the vet put him on an antibiotic prior to
his cryosurgery to treat the urinary infection, that
he should have been treated for a longer period of
time to make sure that the infection was cleared up.
In hind sight, I wish that my vet and I had known more
of what to do at the time. My little Squirt was my
very first ferret, and I miss him very much! :( I
realize that vets learn about ferrets and their
problems pretty much on their own. My sincere thanks
and respect go out to veterinarians such as Dr.
Charlie Weiss and Dr. Bruce Williams for all the time
and effort they spend pioneering ferret medicine.
Thanks, guys! BTW.....My high school-aged son wants
to be a vet and treat exotics, with an emphasis on
ferrets. You are truly an inspiration to him!

Rhea Fulmer

--- "The Divide Homeowners Assoc." <divide@s...>
> You might remember my questions/post from several
> weeks
> ago. My rescue Oliver (age 5?) had adrenal surgery
> 1-1
> 1/2 years ago. Was doing great until 2 1/2 months
> ago.
> It started with Oliver not being able to pee, would
> attempt it but no success. Treated with cepha drops.
> Week later was able to pee and poop but small in
> size.
> Then Oliver was put on baytril (thinking his
> prostate
> might be the problem due to adrenal) and then
> diagnosed
> with a kidney and anemia problem. On IV for 3+ days
> to
> flush kidneys. Blood tested before going home and
> values were better but still elevated. Since then,
> Oliver has had depolutron 1x per month (next one due
> 6/6), epogen every 3 days for the first 2 weeks and
> then 2x weekly, baytril 2x daily, zantac 2x daily,
> prenisone .3 1x daily and metamucil 1/8 teaspoon
> daily. Let me also note that he is being syring
> feed
> which is made up of a/d, a wet and dry cat modifed
> food
> for chronic kidney problems. He loves the mixture so
> he
> is not being forced feed and actually think he will
> not
> go back to his kibble since it is such a treat to be
> held by mom and dad to be feed daily. 3 weeks ago he
> had another bout with attemtpting to pee but unable
> to
> do so after eliminating the baytril for 2 days prior
> to
> problem. He was expressed (?, cannot remember the
> term)
> basically they pushed on his eureatha to relieve
> him.
> Ultra sound showed enlarged prostate but no masses.
> Oliver was put back on baytril and blood test showed
> no
> anemia, regular bun, but creatine still elevated,
> then
> also put on flutimide to reduce prostate size.
> Sorry
> it took so long to get to this point but now my
> current
> problem. Oliver again this morning was unable to pee
> and rushed him into vets, keep in mind my regular
> vet
> is off until tuesday. They (do not know the term)
> put a
> needle into his bladder and withdrew 90% of the
> urine.
> Sending the urine off to have a culture test done to
> determine what kind on antibiotic to put him on,
> maybe
> the baytril is not working or not the stuff to be
> on?
> Put him on gas and pushed and flushed his uretha of
> the
> slugg and chunks to finally get clear fluid. Inhouse
> urine test showed white and red blood cells as well
> as
> bacteria and sluff of bladder and prostate. Blood
> test
> showed normal protein, bun and creatine but slightly
> dehydrated. We now have him home and changed the
> baytril to cepha drops 2x daily and sub-q now and
> tommorrow morning then once a day. He has urinated
> with
> blood, was told not to freak, frequently and pooped.
> I
> am suppose to "eagle watch" him to make sure he is
> urinating etc. Is there anything else to do, i am so
> confused because I feed him this am and he was
> chirping
> and playing with my other 5 ferrets and speakers and
> then this problem. Sorry it was so long but wanted
> to
> be accurate, thanks for advice. Deidre
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