From: Dr. Bruce Williams
Date: 2001-03-02 08:54:00 UTC
Subject: Re: Re Nail Fungus - Thank you, Dr. Williams
Here is another thought that just occurred to me (as you mentioned
the paws are also red and inflamed.)
Have any biopsies been taken from the affected feet - either the pads
or the cuticle of the claw (where the germinal epithelium resides?)
Cutaneous lymphoma has a peculiar predisposition to affect the feet,
and I know several cases in which multiple feet were affected. I have
uploaded a photo from Ferret Aid of Toronto (www.ferretaid.org)from
Bandit, a ferret who had cutaneous lymphoma affecting the feet. If
lymphoma is infiltrating and disrupting the germinal epithelium,
onychodystrophy would be the end result.
T this point, a biopsy of the affect site would not hurt.
With kindest regards,
Bruce Williams, dVM
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--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., dbooras@h... wrote:
> Thank you, Dr. Williams, for going the extra mile on this one. I
> I knew something about Cleo's history, but unfortunately, I don't
> know her age. My best guess would be about 3 years. To answer
> question, you are right, it is not affecting one or two claws, it
> always involves the whole paw. When she first came it was only her
> two front paws, it then progressed to one back paw, and is now
> progressing to her other hind paw. The pads of her feet are also
> normal, they are swollen and inflammed, especially when the topical
> treatments aren't controlling it. Or, maybe it's the other way
> - the topical treatments help with the visible symptoms that we see
> until something triggers an exacerbation from the inside.
> So, I believe what you're telling me is her paw problem is a
> or result of something else that's going on. This theory makes
> because she has a very low energy level, her fur is thinner than it
> should be, and she has absolutely no interest in any food or treat
> other than ferret soup (ever lived with a bribe-less ferret?). I
> think I will ask my vet for a blood work-up on her and I will let
> know you would like a nail clipping in the formalin (sp?).
> I'll just have to keep trying to get this figured out while keeping
> Cleo as comfortable as possible, and treasuring the times when she
> does feel good enough to dance and play.
> Thank you so much for your help.