Message Number: FHL3319 | New FHL Archives Search
From: "Tressie"
Date: 2007-12-22 14:59:44 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: ferret with FIP?? Please help

Hi Andrea,

So sorry to hear your little one is so ill.

There is someone at the University of Glasgow, Dr Diane D. Addie, PhD,
BVMS, MRCVS who is doing research on FIP in cats and ferrets. Perhaps
she might be able to offer some helpful advice. Her website link is: <>

Warmest Regards,


--- In, "andrea.chapin" <chapinan@...>
> Hello I am new to the group and am desperately seeking answers about
> my sick ferret Booda. Booda is a nine month old ferret and is very
> ill. Booda is being treated by a team of three exotic specialists
> and his pathologists also specializes in exotics. However, no one
> has ever seen a case like Boodas. If anyone has any input to offer
> or know of someone that can help please let me know. Here is
> Booda's story:
> I purchased booda in March of 2007 and things were great until May
> 2007. Booda was acting very lethargic and I took him to the vet.
> His vet could feel something weird with his abdomen but couldn't
> make anything out from the X-rays. After performing exploratory
> surgery, she found that his spleen was covered in nodules and he was
> very inflammed. She suspected juvenile lymphosarcoma. The
> pathologist however said that it was not lymphoscarcoma and said
> that it resembled FIP. We treated Booda with antibiotics and
> prednisone hoping to clear up the infection. Booda did not make a
> full recovery and in November (after many trips to the vet) his
> spleen became huge and we opted to have that removed. The spleen
> was about 4-5 inches long and it's removal caused Booda to
> immediately lose over 100 grams!!! At the time that the spleen was
> removed the vet also noticed that parts of his intestine also had
> nodules on it. Samples were sent out and again any kind of cancer
> was ruled. However the results again pointed to feline infectious
> peritonitis. At this point in time Booda is on an antibiotic and
> prednisone again and we are running an aluetian test and also a
> viral isolation test (we are still looking for a lab to run the
> isolation test). Booda has not improved since having the spleen out
> or since we started him on the medication. I know that Booda
> doesn't have much time left and I am desperately looking for any
> help or answers that I can get. I hope that this post will somehow
> reach Dr. Bruce Williams or another specialist who would be willing
> to consult with my vet. Thank you for any help or input

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