From: Steve Austin
Date: 2001-05-27 00:40:00 UTC
Subject: Re: [Ferret-Health-list] Oliver, Please Help!!
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.....
I am not a vet, but from reading the FHL every day (every
post)- I am thinking an adrenal tumor is producing too
much estrogen and enlarging the prostrate and causing
the problems. The ferret is unable to pee because of the
enlarged prostrate pushing into the urethra causing a block
and the urine is staying in the bladder and even backing up
towards the kidneys with the pressure. While the
urine sits it can get infected, and I am wondering if the
lack of urination and back up of urine couldn't cause
acute renal failure (post-renal failure), as opposed to pre-renal
(from dehydration) or renal (from kidney disease).
You are getting the lupron shots for adrenal,
and a vet here mentioned adding propecia to help the enlarged
prostrate. Luprimide is an antiandrogen used
with Lupron ( or similar ) in humans with metastatic prostrate
cancer- I am not sure how it will work with the
type of tumor the ferrets have, but if it doesn't consider the
Propecia ( also, used for humans with enlarged
prostrates, non-cancerous). For now, continue the antibiotics
and frequent expression of the urine so it doesn't stay stagnant
in the bladder. If my theory isn't too far off, you might want to discuss
exploratory surgery for the adrenal gland, it seems your vet
is treating for an adrenal tumor already.
If surgery is not an option, then the supportive care and medical
treatments you are doing are the alternative.
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