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From: Sukie Crandall
Date: 2007-11-28 02:02:35 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: Ferret suddleny sick, not able to pee

Rachel, this is life threatening emergency.

The ferret MUST get to the vet NOW on an emergency basis to have the
urine removed by syringe so that it does not become immediately life
threatening. If a ferret can not urinate you simply can not wait at
all for care.

Then the vet has to x-ray to see if there are stones. Usually, there
are not. Usually, there is a need to do adrenal surgery.

Also, there may be a need for meds such as Lupron Depot, Melatonin
implant, Propecia/Proscar, etc.

See past posts such as:

to see what meds are used.

Sometimes there are stones, though, and in that case the TYPE of stone
completely determines how the care will change after the stones come

Kidney threatening stones in ferrets can be of several types, with
struvite (alkaline pH and a need for more animal protein and less
vegetable matter in the diet), calcium oxalate (less oxalate need in
the diet), and cystine (acidic urine and too much of any of the four
"COLA" amino acids -- cystine, ornithine, arginine, or lysine -- in
the diet so lower protein diets needed).

Sukie (not a vet)

Recommended ferret health links:

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