Message Number: YG5340 | New FHL Archives Search
Date: 2001-07-10 18:03:00 UTC
Subject: Osteosarcoma info needed

My little runt of a ferret was dragging his left rear leg last
night. By the time we arrived at the vets (very ferret
knowledgeable) office this morning, he couldn't use either rear leg
nor did he react to pinching his legs or toes.

Blood work was basically good except for a high white blood count,
rbc was normal, glucose was 105, total protein was low normal,
gammagobulin was slightly elevated.

X-rays showed a "moth eaten" bone loss appearance on his spine at
about his hip level and the vertabre just above.

He was given an antibiotic injection and Orbax to continue for
several weeks at home. I'm praying it's a bone infection and not
osteosarcoma. My vet said if it's an infection, we should see an
improvement in a few days.

In the meantime, I'm so afraid for Stubby. I realize a prognoses for
osteosarcoma is not good but would like to know what to expect and if
there's any treatment you recommend if it is osteosarcoma. I just
can't lose this special little guy.