Message Number: YG6541 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Bruce Williams, DVM
Date: 2001-08-21 21:56:00 UTC
Subject: Re: Xena's icky foot

--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., Natasha Mohr <mohr@w...> wrote:
> Hi, all! I took my five year old sprite, Xena, to the vet
> because she was dragging/not using her right hind leg and it was
> swollen. The vet x-rayed and found no break, but an infection
> from a scratch or bite. Clavamox was prescribed 2xday, .2 cc.
Today the
> joint above the foot (what I assume would be the "ankle") is an
angry red
> and she feels really poorly. Surprisingly, no fever, though.
> I'm worried. Will the clavamox kick this? I don't want her
getting septic!

Dear Natasha:

Tough to tell. You can assist the process by using warm washcloths
on the site two to three times a day - to dilate blood supply and
bring in cells to clean up the mess.

0.2 cc of Clavamox is a relatively small dose for a heavy infection -
it can probably be increased to .33 ccs, but only time will tell if
it is enough to handle the infection. Watch her temperature closely
and if it goes up over 103.5 - give the vet a call.

With kindest regards,

Bruce Williams, DVM