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From: Dr. Bruce Williams
Date: 2001-03-05 20:57:00 UTC
Subject: Re: Vet question:

In horses, you can occasionally find a "nidus" which may have
resulted in the formation of the hairball (sort of like the grain of
sand that stimulates the formation of a pearl) - often a small piece
of metal like a horseshoe nail. In ferrets, I don't think that I
have ever seen a nidus cause hairball formation. But vets like to
cut things up anyway.

Pathologists hate this - we like to photograph good stuff, but it's
tough when everything comes in like hamburger. OK all you vets - if
it looks interesting, paws off! I'll even send you a picture of it
if I find anything good!

With kindest regards,

Bruce H. Williams, DVM, DACVP
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> >did you photograph the hairballs for the list? We love
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> >With kindest regards,
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> >Bruce H. Williams, DVM, DACVP
> OI am sorry to say I do not-- Our vet Dr. XXXXXX had not seen hair
> before-- so she broke them apart-- I am not sure what she thought
she would
> find-- Next time I will be sure she holds them out-- I also have
> to take pics during surgeries if we have a need for slides etc!
> So let me know what you want-- I will see if we can accommodate!
> :)
> alicia
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