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From: Ferretwise
Date: 2002-02-18 19:04:00 UTC
Subject: Re: [Ferret-Health-list] Post surgical paralysis

Hello Nicole-

SOrry to hear about your boy. Did the vet perform the saliva trest
forADV? Operator error is usually part of the false negative responses
reported of late. PLease Call Dr Stephon at Avecon and give them the ID
information on the test kit box. Serial # and exp date!

I WOULD, if this were my ferret submit the blood to Avecon to check for
ADV. Unfortunately there seems to be more and more reports of Negative ADV
tests which actually read positive when blood is run. Blood will be the
definitive test. You will want to know so you can take precautions ( your
vet to) not to expose other ferrets.

Did the vet run any other blood tests? Many times High numbers in liver
panels are indicative to ADV pos ferrets. One more place to look for

Ferret Wise Shelter

At 08:56 PM 2/18/02 +0000, you wrote:
>My question involves my 5 year old ferret Snoop. He underwent
>surgery on January 14th to remove and prostate cysts. He seemed to
>be recovering well from his surgery until about the 9th day. At that
>time, his tail seemed to go limp and, progressively over the next 4
>days, he lost all use of his hind end. He cannot even pee on his
>own. I have to squeeze him to extract his bladder. He is on
>Dexamethazone and has not improved or gotten worse. Other than his
>paralysis, he seems very bright and lively.
>I was concerned about ADV, so I did the home saliva test, which came
>out negative. The vet believed it was a stroke or an embolism, but
>it seemed too progressive to be that. Does anyone have any