Message Number: YG6542 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Bruce Williams, DVM
Date: 2001-08-21 22:08:00 UTC
Subject: Re: Very vague query - any assistance appreciated

--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., weezul <weezul1@y...> wrote:
> One thing that we can't figure out is why she
> sometimes gets a fever -- no apparent reason why --
> and I have to take her down to the vet for an
> injection to bring her temperature down.

Dear WeEz:

One possibility that I have seen over the years is periodic pyrexia
as a result of subclinical gastric ulcers. The reason behind this is
that when you have a hole in the lining of the stomach, the normal
bacterial products and other mildly toxic substances present in the
stomach go right into the bloodstream. These substances result in
fever, as the body raises its temp to be less hospitable for bacteria.

Not sure if this is the case, but certainly something to think about.

With kindest regards,

Bruce Williams, dVM