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From: Signe Peterson
Date: 2001-06-10 02:29:00 UTC
Subject: Advice For Me & Milly - hind end weakness

I have a crippled little ferret girl and need all the advice
and encouragement I can get. (I've also had a bad case of
bronchitis for the past week, and a close family member just
died, so I'm physically and emotionally stressed in non-ferret
areas as well.)

Milly's 3 1/2 years old. We adopted her 2 years ago, and she's
always been happy, healthy, and our bounciest dancer. 3 weeks
ago she suddenly was unable to move her back legs, and was
just dragging them behind her. We took her to a
ferret-familiar vet immediately. She didn't find any broken
bones and the blood, urine, and fecal tests came back negative
for infection, but the globulin was in the high-normal range.
At this time, she gave Milly a cortisone shot to see if that
would help. After getting the results of the initial tests,
she tested her for ADV with negative results. Milly has now
been on Prednisone for 2 weeks with another 4 weeks to go. She
eats and poops well, loves her Duck Soup and also eats her dry
food. She looks great, her fur's shiny and her eyes are
bright. She just can't move her hind legs. They're not
paralyzed and she kicks like crazy in the bathtub. If the
problem persists after the Pred's gone, the vet is considering
exploratory surgery since that's all she can come up with for
a solution.

I need to know if anyone else has had experience something
like this and, if so, what the outcome was.