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From: "Staci"
Date: 2007-11-28 13:53:09 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Friend of mine's ferret is Anemic

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I hope someone can help gives ideas :) The lady is Jerri Moseley.
Her email is: jmoseley1958@ Or you can email me and I
will pass it on!! We are in Houston (Kingwood to the North). Thank
you all in Advance!!!


This is her email:

My Little boy, Harley Jackson, is in some real trouble. He is
severely anemic, barely producing any red blood cells.

Now for a little medical history. He is 2 1/2 years old. His
first "sick" visit to the vet was when he was 5 mos. old, he was
real run down and slightly anemic, that was Aug. 2005. Every Spring
and Fall this happens, but this Fall has been worse than ever before.

Took him in 11/12 because he had started getting tired almost
immediately at playtime, did blood tests in office and numbers were
worse than any previous ones, he was also slightly dehydrated.
Reminded Dr. that this happens every Spring and Fall, she
reviewed his records and agreed with me.
Since he is eating, pooping, drinking, and peeing just fine she was
rather stumped.
We reviewed all of his treats, and food. At first she thought I
might be giving him too much tone, because there are a couple of
ingredients in it that if overdosed can cause anemia. So, she told
me to restrict the tone to .02 per day, gave an injection of
Cortisone and to give him 12.5 of ClindaCure 1x a day.(This is what
worked last Fall)

11/13 standing on doorstep of clinic at 7 am. He seemed like he felt
worse, and I knew he was more dehydrated (even though I pushed water
every 2 hrs. thru the night). He stayed on IV fluids all day at the
clinic, and when I picked him up in the evening he was ready to rock
and roll. I told him to stop faking being sick

11/16 The rest of the mob were due for rabies shots so I let him tag
along , she checked him over and said he looked great and seemed to
be doing good. She wanted to give him till 12/3 before he got his
rabies shot.

11/25 Sunday evening he started moving slow, and threw up a small
amount at the end of his play time.

11/26 Hauled his butt back in , she drew more blood and sent it out
to a lab, and gave him a Cortisone injection.

11/27 Results came back today, and well he is barely producing any
red blood cells. Again we went over everything he eats, and I told
her that I had cut off all his tone as of 11/22, to see if that had
any bearing on the situation.

I also need to say that at around a year old he was diagnosed with
an enlarged spleen. She said that she has a personal ferret that had
had simular symptoms, and after weighing all the odds removed his
spleen and he recuperated very nicely, BUT that removing the spleen
is something that she does not take lightly. I asked her about a
blood transfusion, and she said yes that is possible but it comes
with it's own set of risks.

11/28 She wants me to bring him back in tomorrow for another
Cortisone injection.

I have complete confidence in Dr.'s care, that is not the issue.

Just wanted to know does anyone have any ideas? Has this ever
happened to anyone else? If so, what type of treatment did you do?

I desperately love this little guy. He always checks on me, and
cares for all his "babies". Oh, and likes to bite me on the knee cap
and hang on every morning while I am trying to iron my clothes for
the day. HELP! My heart is breaking.

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