Message Number: YG6358 | New FHL Archives Search
Date: 2001-08-14 10:15:00 UTC
Subject: Re: Facial/feet swelling, extreme redness and scabs-

This is scary - I am going through something similar but doesn't
sound quite as bad.
Read my post of a few days ago titled "Allergies (ferrets, not mine)"
We were thinking allergies, but I cannot identify the causes yet.
We are very up and down right now and I am keeping a diary to try to
identify what triggers those swings. Right now we are taking
Clavamox, Benedryl and Prednisone.
I'm really pretty scared for my little guy - I trust my vet, but we
are both at a loss for what is going on.
Please keep me posted.

--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., "Kristine" <fuzzies@b...> wrote:
> I'm posting this for a friend of mine without internet access.
> She is a small shelter in Washington who had a ferret turned in
> that she and her vet is at loss with.
> Conner came to Lacy in April. He's 1 years old. When he
> arrived he was depressed and throwing up. Then about one
> week later his face started swelling. She used benedryl on him.
> She thinks it may of worked the first few times. He would do
> better then in a few days would reswell. She tried different
> laundry soaps, treats ect. He also had puss filled scabs behind
> his ears, around his eyes and on his back.
> Her vet did a culture and sensitivity. They found a staph and E.
> coli infection from the swab taken behind his ears.
> Since then they have tried Amoxy, Clavamox, Flagyl and
> trimephaprim sulfur. After trying the T. Sulfer and shaving his
> head and behind his ears he did better. He was on the T. Sulfer
> for 2 weeks. About a week after the meds ended it came back.
> He started getting puffy faced. She then tried T. Sulfur again and
> it did not work and his face swelled to the point that his eyes
> could not open. Since then it's been coming and going...a good
> few days and then bad days. She then went to another vet and
> they said to try predisone. This worked awesome...for a good
> two weeks he started playing, and his appitite picked up. He
> was on 1mg in the am and the pm daily. His had little scabs all
> over her during this time though..but the swelling has been
> gone. Then after that two week period his face swelled. And
> now his feet are swelled too. They are also beet red. The ear
> infections look like they are back also. She just upped the dose
> on the pred but it's only been today, so we don't know if it will
> work again.
> Any idea's docs, folks? This sort of reminds me of my kid with
> phemigus..but he never had that kind of swelling...and we've had
> to up the pred when it starts to come back too..but it's never just
> popped back like this seems to. Conner is still active and
> eating...but the swelling is very very bad. His feet are triple
> size they should be.
> Ok-She just said a new thing to me too....he carries a temperture
> on and off. At it's highest was close to 107 degree's.
> Thank you guys,
> Kristine