Message Number: YG4483 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Bruce Williams, DVM
Date: 2001-06-10 23:19:00 UTC
Subject: Re: Apoplastic anemia

--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., Vaagan@a... wrote:
> Hello. I posted a while ago about a femal with a swollen vulva and
> urine infection. I gave her the hormone injection and the swelling
> more or less gone. SHe has been on antibiotics (0.3 ml twice a day,
> bactrim mixture with banana taste), so I presume the UI is gone
> The secret is gone at least. SHe has also been on Noni Juice
> 1 ml a day) to help support her immune system.
> Now she is anmeic. Her blood vains burst by the slightest pressure,
> like bowel movement. She got worse the time she was at the vets
> yesterday. SHe is full of bruises all over her body. THe wierd
> is that the bruises goes away after a day or two, but then she gets
> new ones.
> I am giving her glucose and water. About 1-2 ml. 3 times a day. And
> water as often as possible. I am also syringe feeding her some
> soupy water. I will make her a duck soup later on today. I don't
> what else I can do. I have been told to get liver, vitamins b and c
> as well. But I don't want to force her, and stress her too much.
> would just make matters worse.

Dear Anne-Marte:

There are a number of questions that come to mind based on your post.

Has this ferret been spayed? You say that you gave her the hormone
injection and that the vulvar swelling has "more or less" gone away.

But now there is evidence of bruising. I am concerned that we may
have a ferrets who continues to suffer from hyperestrogenism,
although it is unclear whether this ferret is intact or not?

Has any bloodwork been performed to see if she is anemic or has a
decreased platelet count, both of which may occur (often in concert)
with prolonged estrus. A single hormone injection does not always
bring a ferret out of heat, and they commonly have to be repeated.

The feeding of sugar water generally does not result in a balanced
diet, and I would stronly suggest the use of duck soup or baby food
to supply the nutrients that she neds in the short term.

Any additional informatin, and lab results would be of great benefit
in this case.

With kindest regards,

Bruce H. Williams, DVM, DACVP
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