From: Christal Pollock
Date: 2001-08-18 09:44:00 UTC
Subject: [Ferret-Health-list] Re: Saying hello, and Charlie's kidney
Kidney failure is usually a matter of quality of life. I did not read any reference in any of your posts to fluid therapy. Is your ferret receiving fluids? Depending on the nature of the problem, this may help. Also sometimes as the kidney byproducts rise (such as blood urea nitrogen or BUN) they can cause stomach irritation. Sometimes drugs like injectable ranitidine (zantac) may help the ferret feel a little more comfortable and more likely to eat.
I hope this helps,
Christal Pollock, DVM
>>> imagomundi@n... 08/18/01 06:43AM >>>
Thanks for the reply.
Charlie doesn't seem to be anemic, and the vet didn't pick it up in
the blood test he had on Tuesday. He has good and bad days, but I
guess that's to be expected. He seems to have lost quite alot of
muscle mass, so he's a bit wobbly.
Can you, or anyone else tell me if there is any pain for a ferret
with kindey failure ? Or is it a quality of life issue ? I ask
because I want to get an idea of what to look for as the problem
-- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., "The Divide Homeowners Assoc."
> Larry, my ferret oliver has had kidney problems for 3-4
> months, even though no hope was given back then. Could
> charlie also be anemic? Oliver was and was quite
> lathargic (?). We started with an iv to flush his
> kidneys and epogen for the anemia. Still alive and
> doing quite well today, no more epogen but daily
> feedings of a modified diet with lots of h20. Good
> Luck, Dee and her 7, soon to be 8.
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