From: Russell Prater
Date: 2001-06-22 00:48:00 UTC
Subject: Re: [Ferret-Health-list] Re: Dr. Williams, please.
"Bruce Williams, DVM" wrote:
> Dear Russ - A splenic aspirate may give us some valuable information -
> at least let us know what is going on. Extramedullary
> hematopoiesis, the cause of splenomegaly in about 95% of cases, is
> commonl the result of chornci GI inflammation (coronavirus also
> causes a large number of cases.)
> The problem with empirically treating the spleen is that they seem to
> have memory - even if you knock it down, the next time there is any
> inflammation at all systemically - BOING - it's back to its enlarged
> size (and maybe more) again.
> I generally only recommend treating Helicobacter to diminish GI
> signs - not splenic enlargement.
> If you want to go after the spleen, then remove it. I have never
> seen an animal suffer systemic illness as a result of splenectomy.
> However, I have seen them rupture big spleens.
> With kindest regards,
> Bruce Williams
Thank you, Dr. Williams. I have printed out both your replies to me
about Booger and will take them with me when we see his vet next month.
Russ, Booger, Bonnie & Clyde
URA Redneck if "somebody jiggle that" is a common phrase in your home.