Message Number: FHL2908 | New FHL Archives Search
From: "Tony Clarke"
Date: 2007-11-01 00:09:18 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: ferret with enlarged abdomen

--- In, "iamobi1" <iamobi1@...>
> Hi everyone, I'm new to this group. I have a medical concern. My
> 5 year old female ferret has recently developed an enlarged
> abdomen but is acting healthy. It happened kind of quickly I think
> over a couple of weeks. Its not fat for the winter she has hardly >
> any fat on her. I need more information on what to look for, how
> to tell if its an enlarged spleen. Where I live it is a little difficult to >
> find a vet that knows what they are doing with ferrets. Can
> anyone give me any advice about what to look for in her, where
> to look for info, or what to do next? Other then enlarged spleen
> what could this be?
> Thanks
> everyone.

It may not be the spleen, if she feels soft, like a balloon full of water
then it may be fluid build-up (ascites) and this can be caused by
many things. An ultrasound may be useful but a full blood work-up
may be more useful.
My 5 yo Sue had these symptoms and there was no obvious cause
despite 2 vet visits for ultrasound and blood tests until an
exploratory op revealed liver cancer. She was her normal active self
with no other signs of illness (wrestling with her friend Sugar) until we
left for the vets office.
If there is a local ferret rescue/shelter/club they may know a good

Tony (not a vet), Sugar and Suki.
In memory of Sally and Sue.

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