Message Number: FHL2348 | New FHL Archives Search
Date: Thu, 30 Aug 2007 18:26:55 -0000
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: Pred belly vs. Cardiomyopathy vs. ???
First, let me thank those of you who replied to me offlist. It does
help to have another opinion. I am very grateful and you help me
realize that, once more, there is nothing new under the sun!
Thanks, Sukie. Yeah, I have run the thought gambit from insulinoma to
gas to fat to pred. Today - as well as the day he saw the vet - he
seems a little more squishy. During the day and early evening, he is
taut. I had forgotten to mention that the vet heard a bit of a "tick"
in his heart, but did not seem real concerned.
The nodes are not hard. The neck ones feel more fatty and I do not
feel any under his arms or legs. His spleen seems to be normal, but I
am wondering about the infection. He was on Amoxicillin and Baytril
for 2 weeks at the end of June, as was Rocky. Due to Rocky's sudden
death and the inability of the vet to get blood from Jersey, I have no
followup bloodwork on either. We did not do a culture at the time either.
He is on a lower dose of pred now, but for several months he received
about 0.5 ml (0.335 mg) bid, so that could have contributed to the
fatty deposits. When you try to scruff him, we have trouble, so I
really am inclined to think he does have quite a bit of fat, too. He
is also snarfing down the leftovers from Sammy, I am sure. I think
that it may be a combination, but this (below) looks like a good
option, and something worth considering. I will ask the vet about
doing this. Thanks.
> That has me wondering if perhaps the GI tract is inflamed by
infection, <snip> I am wondering about the possibility that your
ferret might be
> fighting a systemic infection.
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