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From: Public Relations
Date: 2001-03-02 20:46:00 UTC
Subject: re: enlarged spleen

HI Tracy--

I am sure you will get plenty of responses on this topic we have seen it
quite a bit in the shelter. An enlarged spleen can be an indicator of a
chronic ( long term) infection. This can be something as simple as an
undetected ulcer or helicobacter from stress or as complicated as a
gingivitis, prolonged ear mite infestation, bladder condition, etc. Many
times the animals show no signs of discomfort and the infections run there
course. The modest approach would be for you vet to run an antibiotic
regiment and see if the problem resolves itself. Many times it does. If
not then there is the possibility a stronger antibiotic is required or if
any nodes are enlarged a check to make sure there is no lymphoma present.

I send good healing thoughts your way for Sundance and hope a speedy
diagnosis is rendered.

Alicia, shelter Mom
Ferret Wise

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