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From: meesh meesh
Date: 2001-08-27 19:14:00 UTC
Subject: meesh: Dr. Murray - thanks/question on post

Dr. Murray,
Thank you for the anesthesia response and the note
re: the Tufts Cardiologist being ferret "experienced"
:). My thoughts were similar about just using sevo
but as you say, the schools (including OSU) are big on
"balanced" anesthesia, and they don't like the idea of
only inhalants. You mentioned giving glyco as a
premed. Do you mean Glycopyrolate? If so, could you
elaborate on why you think it's a good choice here
(just so I'm sure/clear) And, forgive me on the brand
names but I'm not familiar with Rapinovet - is that a
brand of Propofol or a combo of propofol with another
As for the diarrhea, nearly 8 months ago, I
initially tried stuff like immodium (little help), but
this is not a really watery diarrhea, and she's not
been dehydrated (by repeated bloodwork- and
clinically). It's been a slowly progressive loosening
and it's also waxing and waning. I can come home to a
perfectly formed poop (though never totally normal in
all respects), and, only a few hours later have very
very loose stool. As for colors, well, it's never been
normal but it's run the gammat from green to orange,
to "indian" red to brown. It's really crazy-making. I
never know what I"m going to see. She's not losing
weight though. She's fat and sassy, not dehydrated,
BUT, she is occult positive (for those who dont' know
- it means, that while you can't see the blood in her
poop, a test can show that there is blood there -
either digested or small amounts of undigested -
usually the former). Her diarrhea has been rather
mucoid too. Though not always. It's really a hard one.
She's had ultrasounds for other reasons every three
months and nothing shows up on ultrasound.
I don't know that I will be doing surgery for a
number of reasons, at least not right at the moment.
Interestingly, the exotics docs say that many
geriatric ferrets they are seeing have been found
incidentally to have Aortic Insufficiency. They say
Mighty Mouse's isn't any worse than the others they've
seen but the others have died for other reasons and
they never had a chance to follow them to see if they
would have become clinical (e.g. - end up in heart
I'm wondering how many ferrets who dont' have the
luxury of echocardiograms may have AI and go through
surgery without a problem. Granted, she does have a
grade 3 murmur (for those who dont' know the grading
system - that's loud enough not to be missed)
Don't expect that there is much to be added - I
know I'm at a point where biopsies are necessary but
until they are done - and now Mighty Mouse is sick
(see other post) -...sigh...will have to wait on that
Thanks again for your reply. It's very much

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

*** If one advances confidently in the direction of their dreams,
and endeavours to lead a life which they have imagined,
They will meet a success unexpected in common hours.
Henry David Thoreau ***

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