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From: "Sukie Crandall"
Date: 2007-11-14 17:03:13 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: No blockage, no diagnosis

--- In, Andrea <brascoben@...> wrote:
> I dont understand why theyre waiting to do bloodwork... thats usually one of the first
things they do when they dont know what is wrong w/ a ferret... it will provide some
valuable info as to which organ(s) may be affected. I wouldnt wait on the bloodwork.
> Andrea

To Andrea's comment I am also inclined to ask if they imaged the
chest as well as the abdomen. That can often give info of whether
JL is present in addition to other essential data.

In this case another thing to consider might be a full ultrasound,
not just abdomen.

Have you considered trying a diet WITHOUT CHICKEN in case he is
among those who have an intolerance to it? Some have broader
food intolerances.

A full jar of baby food is a lot to give someone who is not already ill,
and unless he is a large male 4 pounds is heavy for a neutered male.
Is he obese? Obesity carries its own health considerations and by
itself can slow an individual; it can also involve over-eating and
related upset from that for ferrets.

Let's see, does this have the history down right?
2 years, 4 pound
Is he whole or neutered?
began slowing a month before
onset of possible nausea signs
dry heaves
rough fur (shedding season, adrenal neoplasia, poor balanced diet, trouble
up-taking nutrients as w colitis from irritation?)
loose stools after being fed a full jar of baby food then violent heaves
and extreme exhaustion
Treats sound to have been given after that bout. (What treats?)
More chicken baby food
barium x-ray (How long after eating? Was the later "9 hours" mentioned in
the post the time between the babyfood and the barium x-ray?) and
stomach contents "homogeneous material"
comment that ferret had not seemed to eat kibble during the night (but
for how long has ferret gotten baby food and become used to that instead?)
Stool w mucus considered normal for him (food intolerance?)
comment that ferret normally gets about a full jar of baby food a day (again,
for how long, why so much, which meat/poultry types?)
pear shaped a loose abdomen (obesity? fat redistribution as w adrenal growth?
fluid as w heart disease, lymphoma, kidney disease, liver disease?)
bouts of pronounced lethargy (Has he been checked for insulinoma, diabetes,
heart disease, obesity, malnutrition, etc?)
all barium passed and vet finds no sign of blockage
good appetite for Ferretvite
more testing planned
wonders if a transient problem may be now gone such as a passed blockage
(Extreme inflammation is also possible, such as from an infection or a food
intolerance. Was Ripper during the time in the vet while improving away
from chicken products?)

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