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From: "ncferretmom"
Date: 2007-11-04 23:25:09 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: Ferret suddenly died - need input

xxxxxxx, I have had two experiences with perforated gastric ulcer
within a few weeks of each other in 2004. Oscar was my 5 year old
"floppy" boy. He could not walk more than one step without flopping to
one side or the other. (The cause of his neurological problems was
unknown and surgery was always a last option.) He suddenly became
lethargic and had some signs of insulinoma. He seemed to be doing
worse, so I called my vet and asked to have him admitted. He was put
on oxygen and kept in a warmer, but it distressed him for me not to be
there. I went in every 6 hours to spend time with him and my vets
observed him and did numerous tests. Not a thing showed up. Finally,
Dr. told me that he could not recommend exploratory surgery as Oscar
was just too weak for it and he didn't think he would survive it. (I
want to point out that he is an excellent ferret vet and will try just
about anything. He trained with another excellent ferret vet, both of
whom I trust immensely.) I took Oscar home and he died within a few
hours. Necropsy revealed a perforated gastric ulcer just at the duodenum.

About 10 days later, on a Saturday, I was at the vet with two kits who
needed their vax. I met a couple there who stopped by to pick up their
ferret. She had suddenly taken ill and they had taken her to Dr.
who, you guessed it, repaired the perforated gastric ulcer. He told me
that had it not been for Oscar, and the identical symptoms, he would
not have caught it so fast. While I was happy for them, I was
devastated still that Oscar was gone. On Monday evening I got a call
from them. It seems that the little girl had died suddenly on Monday.
I don't remember all the specifics, but I do remember that she was
doing fine and then suddenly crashed. Nothing was wrong with the
surgery. And, she was young and healthy - other than the ulcer.

So, Larrysa, sometimes you can do everything right and it still
doesn't give you the result you want. Let me just say that it is okay
to stop by the "if only" bush. Don't forget to continue to the "let it
be" tree. I am sorry for your loss of Peepers. I hope your memories
grow bright.


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