Date: 2006-07-20 13:15:44 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] generic malaise, severe dehydration--causes unknown. CBC and profile attached
I rushed My little boy to the vet with the following symptoms:
discordination, especially in the back legs
stiffness in extremities, especially in back legs
falling forward or to the side, especially when he first tried to move.
slightly wobbly when moving in a forward direction.
shivering/apparent sensitivety when being picked up.
I suspected he was very dehydrated and THe doctor quickly deduced that also and administered 50 ccs sub-q twice that day.
The Vet isn't feeling any lumps in the lymph nodes and the XRAY
looks good although the spleen is englarged due to "irritation".
CBC and Profile:
WBC = 5700
RBC = dILUTE (IT WAS SO HIGH, THE MACHINE COULDN'T READ IT)
HGB = 18.6
HCT = 59
MCV = 54
MCH = 17
MCHC = 31.5
PLATELETS = 474
TP = 7
SEGS/HETS = 19.3
NS = 0.4
LYMPHS = 80.4
ALK PHOS =33
AMYL < 5
URIC < 1
ALB/GLOB = 0.5
He's at home right now, still mostly sleeping. He had a total of
100 ccs of sub-q fluids by the time he left Tuesday evening. I'm
wondering if I should bring him back Thrusday for another injection or if that's enough fluid to bring him back up to speed. His littel tummy can only hold so much fluid and he may not be getting enough just on intake.
So in the end, any thoughts on the CBC results? Or what might have brought this on? We're testing for ADV, but it is highly unlikely as they don't have contact with other ferrets and neither do I. The doctor said too, it was rare in this area. (It's a pretty large faculity.)
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