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From: "Sue Liszewski"
Date: 2004-01-24 01:16:55 UTC
Subject: RE: [ferrethealth] Callie / Lymphoma
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Depends on the type of lymphoma they have. Intestinal lymphoma causes bowel
problems, medications sometimes cause the bowel problems in non intestinal
forms. One dietary note in forms of Lymphoma other then Gi (usu those with
peripheral lymphadeopathy) it is believed that you might be able to starve
the cancer by limiting the carbohydraes since these are what it feeds on. I
would be sure the diet is higher on protein and lower in carbs if possible.
They actually have a prescription diet in dogs for that very reason. Essiac
is used in a lot of cancer's and I use it in dog's and cats all the time, I
have not tried it on ferrets yet. I think there was some mention of Pau
d'Arco being a problem. It usd to be used all the time but not so much any
more. It was in the first edition of Ferrets Rabbits and Rodent does anyone
happen to know if they rem'd that. Anyway hope you find the answers you

Dr. Sue

>Subject: [ferrethealth] Callie / Lymphoma
>Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2004 18:50:29 +0000 (GMT)
>My Callie is a female silvermitt ferret. Age is 6 and 3 months old. Callie
>was diagnosed with Lymphoma back in July of 2002. She is presently on 1/4
>tsp of "Predniesolone" 6.7MG/5ML, twice a day , "Pau d'Arco 100mg twice
>daily and Vitamin C 100mg twice daily. I am also giving her "Essiac Tea" as
>much as she wants. When she was first diagnosed she had enlarged
>lymphnodes about her neck. Since on the "Pred" they have disappeared. A few
>months ago I had taken her to the vet because she was having a problem with
>her bowels. She would grunt when she used her bowels as if in pain. Vet
>took a urine test and said she had an infection. She was put on "Clavamox".
>Things did get better but, not totally. On ocassion she would grunt yet
>again. Since her stools were abit on the hard side, I thought she was
>constipated. So, I gave her more "Essiac Tea". Her stools softened up and
>her bowel movements were much better. Does anyone no what the stages are
>for "Lymphoma". Callie is having the bowel problem again and doesn't seem
>to be strong enough to get to the litterpan. She is eating her dry food and
>drinking her water. I do give her some "Duck Soup". She does seem to like
>it so I haven't stopped that. I am having a hard time determining what I
>should do to make her comfortable. Are signs of the last stage simular to
>what I have described? Having bowel problems <grunting>, rear hind leg
>weakness, tired looking eyes. Does anyone know what to look out for with
>Lymphoma? I love Callie very much. I am worried this maybe the last stages
>for her and I am uncertain as to what I should do. Please help with any
>suggestions. I would greatly appreciate it.
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