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From: "Sue Liszewski"
Date: 2004-01-11 00:31:00 UTC
Subject: RE: [ferrethealth] RE: Raja: SERIOUS spinal bone degeneration and
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It really doesn't matter if they specialize in ferrets, I believe that your
vet can take recommendations based on another species and apply it to the
ferrtet, we have to do this all the time and it is better then just the same
thing you are doing with no real improvement. Do you have any veterinary
neurologist there? How about a Vet School? I think insights from what
others have done would help.

Raja was never placed on an antibiotic that penetrates the nervouse system
well, never on nervous system antiinflamatories, never tested for a fungal
organsism or other bacterial organism. If this were infectious not
cancerous then some of the tings MIGHT BE reversible. If it is not
infectious (rule it all out) then steroids are the best antiinflammatory for
the nervouse system.

I have treated other animals that have come in totally paralyzed and could
not stand. The animals had spinal fluid analysis, myelogram, cultures, etc
and it proved to be a menigioencephaomyelitis which is an inflammation of
the lining of the brain and spinal cord and the only treatment was steroids.
Yes rule out infectious causes because some can be made worse by steroids
but everything else can only benefit and if someone talks to a veterinary
neurologist they will find this is true.

When I was in vet school we learned that no animal should die without the
benefit of steroids. You don't know because they refuse to try. I am not
saying it will work but you don't know if you don't try. I just want to be
sure Raja has the best chance possible to come this. If it is not an
infectious menigitis or counterpart steroids can only help.

I will get off my soapbox for now, and this is all I can offer you. You
need to make the decisions. I hope Raja is happy. Best to you.

Dr. Sue

>Subject: RE: [ferrethealth] RE: Raja: SERIOUS spinal bone degeneration and
>Date: Sat, 10 Jan 2004 20:38:50 +0000 (GMT)
>Hi Dr. Sue
>Thanks for all the help and advice you gave me this time !!!
>I've called many vets and I believe that there is no neurologic especialist
>in Brazil for ferrets. I participate in a forum and the only ferret
>especialist in the whole Brazil is the one who is caring about her now.
>That's why I am very desperate about my little one.
>Is there any especific neurological exam that I can ask her vet to do ?
>Thanks everybody for all help and attention !
>Greetings, Paty, Pikku and Raja
> > This make sense too, and the longer before you find out for sure the
> > recovery is. Certain types of infections will do that, be it fungal,
> > bacterial or viral. Good Luck. One thing you need to know is what tyoes
> > organisms are found where you live and go from there. But I still urge
> > cinsult with a neurologist in your area of the world.
> > Dr. Sue
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