Message Number: YG4092 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Bruce Williams, DVM
Date: 2001-05-28 23:15:00 UTC
Subject: Re: Bandit's Bloodwork-third post

--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., cjbandit@a... wrote:
> Hi Dr Williams,
> Thanks for responding to my posts regarding Bandit and for that
> everyone who responded with their advice.
> Dr. Williams here is Bandit's blood results, please let me know if
> looks suspicious to you.

Actually, no - everything in this particular batch of tests looks
pretty good. Not to say that ferrets can't have chronic disease and
also have normal bloods, but right now, the blood (an organ like any
others, but one that reflects the status of all of the others) looks
pretty good.

> Concerns
> >Till this day Bandit's poops are seedy and off color and his urine
is very
> dilute and he goes in large quantities.
> >He has been off the pred now for about a month so I can't
attribute it to
> that.

Sounds like he has some long term damage form the ECE, and there is a
possibility that he will not ever recover totally normal batthroom
habits. However, that doesn't mean that he can't go on to live a
normal happy life.

The dilute urine may mean that he is showing some aging changes in
the kidneys. We are certainly not in renal failure at this time, but
the earliest signs of old age in the kidney is an inability to
concentrate the urine.
> >The latest with Bandit is constant trembling when he wakes up and
> heavy only when he sleeps (could be as snore)

Can't help you with this one - too non-specific.
> >Bandit dribbles alot after urination-he's always wet over there
and I know
> when he's gone to the bathroom-what's that all about? Occasionally,
if ferrets have mild prostatic disease due to adrenal problems, the
impingment on the urethra may cause some urine retention.
> Please let me know what you think about the bloodwork and
suggestions for
> treatment and tests to have my vet run??

At this point, in the absence of a biopsy of the intestine and colon
(which is pretty extreme), I think we might be able to go for a
simple urinalysis, and leave it at that. AS long as he is eating,
etc. right now, I don't see much to chase after.

With kindest regards,

Bruce H. Williams, DVM, DACVP
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