Message Number: YG936 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Bruce Williams, DVM
Date: 2001-03-08 21:05:00 UTC
Subject: Re: Sundance's spleen

--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., "Ryan and Tracy Lant" <lant@a...>
> <Without external evidence of GI dysfunction such as diarrhea,
vomiting, etc., I am hesitant to start treating her for a GI problem
simply because there is evidence of marginal GI inflammation. If we
were to treat every ferret with similar values, we would quickly all
get rich and retire.>
> She gets diarrhea off and on....more off than on. Last week they
all ate some bad food and every one of my ferrets ended up with green
gross cleared up within 12 hours, but was gross at the
> Sundance has always had poop on the soft side.....not firm but not
diarrhea either...and once or twice she has the really runny stuff
for a day or so but not often enough to make me worried about it. As
you say...don't be a poop watcher.
> <Regarding the spleen - very large spleens are candidates for
removal and these ferrets often perk up considerably. Refresh my
memory - did you vet call the spleen enlarged, large, or huge?>
> My vet said her spleen was enlarged....

Right now it's just not enough for surgery - I think at this time
let's watch her carefully and give her a lot of TLC and spoil her
rotten. Not a tough prescription to write, but it takes a while to
fill it.

Let's note all significant symptoms and redo the "bloods" in 30 days.

With kindest regards,

Bruce H. Williams, DVM, DACVP
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