Message Number: SG18524 | New FHL Archives Search
Date: 2006-10-24 18:52:47 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] RE: Swollen Spleen

Bilirubin, a bile pigment and an important liver value:
also of use for you:
See also:
and maybe parts of:
and past posts in
on the Tufts Protocol, chemo, Prednisolone, and splenic infections and swelling

That your vet knew enough to look more at bilirubin than some other liver values often can be interpreted as saying good things about your vet having read about ferrets, but for possible great effect ask about the use of Prednisolone instead of Prednisone to skip the liver processing step given the liver may be compromised.

Yes, infection is also certainly possible. Have you taken temperature? See norms for ferrets in resource. Normal is usually 101 to 102 degrees F for ferrets, sometimes as high as 103 if extremely agitated. Higher is fever for them.

If you read past posts on enlarged spleen they may help.

Has an ultrasound guided aspirate for pathology work been considered?

Older ferrets often have enlarged spleens but these symptoms are beyond that.

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