Message Number: YG6153 | New FHL Archives Search
From: meesh meesh
Date: 2001-08-06 21:04:00 UTC
Subject: Albumin levels in urine; Protein-Creatinine Ratios

I have read all the literature I can get my hands on
(Fox, Hillyer, Purcell, various other articles) and
perhaps I've missed the answers, and I apologize if I
The first thing I was wondering is if anyone has
ever measured albumin levels in the the urine of
ferrets? Is there an established normal value? I
haven't found one and while routine in human medicine
to quantify, don't know that it's done in animals as
much and as for ferret, I'm guessing there probably
isn't one but I thought it worth asking. We (myself
and one of the clinicians at school who seemed
interested in the question) are going to compare
Mighty Mouse (who is losing albumin) to at least one
other "healthy" ferret (if for nothing else but "kicks
and grins" as the clinician likes to say). I'll let
you know what we find out but if anyone has ever done
this before, I'd love to know.
I was also wondering if there is an established
"normal" Protein-Creatinine Ratio in ferrets. I
couldn't find one. At first I assumed it would be
like dogs or cats (not for any great reason actually)
but then I read that ferrets have more protein in
their urine normally than other animals (due to
differences in various factors I won't get into here -
was reading Fox) and if that's true, perhaps their
protein-creatinine ratios might differ too. But,
never did find a P:C. If I've missed the reference,
I'd love to know.


Michaela Maurice
College of Veterinary Medicine
Ohio State University
Class of 2002

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