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From: "xxxxxxx"
Date: 2007-11-07 04:08:50 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Mr. Peepers Necropy Report

Hi all. I wanted to let you know, so someone else can learn from his
death, about why he died.

They found he had another adrenal tumor on the opposite side
(previously he was cryoed on the other side). This had caused some
prostate issues, and then caused some sort of cyst/infection. I didn't
know that the prostate could get infected or cause infections - just
that it could cause urination problems.

I didn't know anything was wrong because I was used to him marking his
territory, anything (shoes, us, toys)....and that included urinating
outside of litterboxes.

So, he developed that cyst and it burst, causing an infection in his
abdomen. The day I thought he was being lazy, he was sick from that.
Even if I had caught it, he most likely would have died. The vet said
that when the cyst bursts like that and causes infection in the
abdomen, that they are quickly lost within 24 hours no matter what.

I am very sad. He said there was thick, yellow fluid that was inside
the ruptured cyst of the prostate. I had seen some small, dark yellow
spots on the carpet (each time, only one drop), within the last month
and a half, that never smelled like anything, and was always dried,
kind of "grippy" if you felt it (I did not think it came from an
animal since it didn't smell like pee and well, didn't feel wet...or
dry....kinda like, what IS this?)....that was fluid sometimes coming
out of his system, apparently. It did not smell then, but it smelled
when the vet opened the cavity up (from infection, I figure). The
stuff I found on the carpet was odorless.

If anyone else has had any issues with prostate problem adrenal
ferrets, can you email me if you are willing or point me to
information about this so I can learn more? The vet said that he has
never seen this happen to a ferret before, and that it is rare, but he
does know that it does's just not common.



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