Message Number: SG7333 | New FHL Archives Search
Date: 2004-01-08 12:43:22 UTC
Subject: Re: [ferrethealth] RE: strange case
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In a message dated 1/7/04 9:05:10 PM Eastern Standard Time, writes:

> For an animal of this age with a high WBC count, a bacterial meningitis is
> at the top of the list. They can be very difficult to diagnose, and most
> clinics are not really set up to do a spinal tap on a ferret of this size and
> age.
> I'm not sure where the odd kidney fits in, if it does at all. I notice that
> you have done a CBC, but how about a blood chemistry - are kindey and liver
> enzymes within normal ranges?

Dr Williams

I will pass this information on to my vet - I know at this point we have been
treating the symptoms aggressively - he is on IV antibiotics (not sure
which). If it is bacterial meningitis, how would we treat it? I'm not sure that they
can do a spinal tap, but I will certainly be asking.

Blood draws have been very difficult because of his depressed state - even a
vena cava draw yielded very little blood. I will also ask about if a blood
chemistry was run - IIRC, the only value that was high was ALB - everything else
was pretty close to normal (except the GRA - that was high - I think 17?)

Should we be taking any special precautions with this little one? I'm washing
and disinfecting after handling him. He did seem a bit brighter last night -
but still has difficulty with motor control.

Thank you!

Lisa Leidig, Head Ferret
Shelter Wench in good standing
The Ferret Haven "By-the-Sea"