Message Number: YG5905 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Bruce Williams, DVM
Date: 2001-07-29 14:03:00 UTC
Subject: Re: Help me, please

--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., dookdook@h... wrote:
> Bubba had surgery 11 days ago. He was doing fine up until last
> Wednesday night when a stitch came open. Since then it appears, he
> developed ulcers and is on carafate and amoxi.
> This morning, he doesn't want to eat. Someone help me. I'm
> As I finish this email in tears, I will be calling the vet.

Dear Margie:

One popped stitch in the skin 11 days post surgery is generally not
of any significance. He should have a good seal there sefveral days
after surgery anyhow - it likely will quickly scab and heal. Signs
of a problem would be fluid leaking from the would, the appearance of
fat poking through the hole, excessive bloody discharge, etc. If you
don't see any of that at this point, you can breathe easy.

The ulcers are probably a bit more troublesome, and they are not
uncommon after surgery. One refused meal is not the end of the
world. For some advice on how to treat ulcers, you may want to check
the archives here, as well at my site at -
you have a road ahead of good nursing care, but I''m sure you're up
to it. No need to panic just yet.

With kindest regards,

Bruce Williams, DVM