From: Dale Nupp
Date: 2001-07-27 06:14:00 UTC
Subject: Pus in Urine
I hoped I would never have to join another Fuzzy list because I hoped
that all of my ferrets will always healthy. Sadly, that is not the case.
To anyone with experience, I would like a second opinion on the treatment of
my furball, Odo.
Odo, is a five year old fixed, male ferret. He was diagnosed with
insulinoma about 15 months ago. With frequent hand feedings, I have been
able to control his blood sugar without the need of medication. In all
other respects, he has previously been healthy.
On Tuesday evening, I noticed that Odo was having trouble urinating.
This continued all day Wednesday. Some urine did come out but he was
whining when he did it. On Thursday morning, I took him to my vet. Odo
proceeded to urinate a yellow pus while waiting for the vet. Pus was also
hanging off of his penis. In a nice way, the vet said "Oh, No". Upon
examination, the vet discovered a very full bladder. He immediately removed
the contents of the bladder which consisted of a large volume of pus and
mucous. The initial diagnosis is prostitus (sp?) although the vet will not
rule out adrenal disease or a neoplasm at this point.
At the present, treatment consistes of monitoring inflo and outgo,
vitals, etc. In addition, the vet was going to put Odo on a "Powerful"
antibiotic, the name of which I forget. It is not Amoxy but comes in a beef
In additiona to the above treatment, my vet is getting a urinalysis
done, the results of which will come back today (Friday) and also a culture
to see what little buggers are growing. The culture, however, may take up
to a week.
More invasive procedures discussed include catheterization or turning
Odo from a boy into a girl. However, my vet says catheterization is
difficult in ferrets and he has never done the sex change operation. If
surgery is appropriate, I will gladlyy travel the New York, Washington area
for a more experienced vet. I am near Philadelphia.
I have never seen this discussed on the FML, FAIML or FOB so any
thoughts on additional or alternative treatments would be appreciated.