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From: "Sukie Crandall"
Date: 2007-12-27 18:28:51 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: Anal gland infection

--- In, "Tressie" <tressiedu@...> wrote:
> I was able to get my little Ohio rescue in today because I noticed that
> one of her glands was swollen and hard, although still oozing oil.
> Turns out she has an anal gland infection and is on a combination of
> Amoxcycillin and Metronidozole for the next 2 weeks. The vet has
> recommended that she be descented once the infection clears up because
> there is a high probability it will reinfect, which can lead to other
> health problems in future.

That sounds quite like our experiences when we have encountered
a ferret who often expressed the anal glands, sometimes with an
"off" odor to those who are used to the more typical smell range.

Our experiences echoed that of your vet in that it paid to reduce the
infection with antibiotics but for ours it was not re-infection, but that
the initial infections never seemed to completely go away in them
so surgery was required to prevent the worse medical problems that
an untreated infected anal gland can cause.

We were warned that for some the surgery can be tricky, esp. if there are
very deep glands like one of ours had, and that some rare ones have
problems afterward with support of some surrounding areas, but our
family members did not personally have any problems. (Those experiences
were a LONG time ago -- must be well over a decade for the most recent
one so the surgical approaches could have improved.)

Sukie (not a vet)

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