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From: "Sheryl"
Date: 2007-05-07 16:03:18 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] difficulty urinating (continued)

In February Mojave started having difficulty urinating. He would
stretch himself out and push his abdomen in and out in order to go.

He is not losing hair, is not acting agressive towards my other
ferret, and does not show any other signs of adrenal disease.

I took him to the vet and she said that because he's not having any
signs of Adrenal Disease she's not going to run the TN panel and that
we'll just monitor him.

By February 14th it looked like he was having more trouble so I
rushed him over to my other animals' vet. He took X-rays and noted
that his bladder was rounder than the teardrop shape he'd normally
expect. He also did the TN panel and a urinalysis. The urinalysis
came back normal and the results of the TN panel came back that 2 of
the 3 parameters were elevated supporting symptoms of Adrenal Disease.

I then had an ultrasound done on Mojave. The vet who did it claimed
that everything looked normal. However, because I haven't exactly had
the best experiences with her I had an over the phone consult with a
ferret knowledgeable vet.
He said that he doesn't believe it to be Adrenal because if it was
his prostate they would definitely notice it. He suggested that I
tell his primary vet to give him some antibiotics and an NSAID.

After he finished this round of antibiotics Mojave wasn't having as
much trouble. However because he still was having trouble, I bribed a
family member to take me to this ferret knowledgeable vet this past

He did some bloodwork, x-rays, and a urinalysis. He tried to express
Mojave's bladder but said it's hard and he doesn't like him trying.
He prescribed Mojave another round of antibiotics, this time .5
instead of .25 and some more Metacam.

The vet also said that he'd like to do another ultrasound on him but
because I wouldn't be able to pick him up, I wasn't able to schedule
one. He also said that he does not want to treat for Adrenal until
he's sure it is adrenal disease. Plus, with how much it costs for
Lupron, if it isn't Adrenal Disease it would be a waste of money.

Of course, as soon as the vet left the room he urinated. The tech
did a urinalysis and said that it came back normal except it did have
a little blood in it. She said it was probably from him straining.

This was the 4th opinion I've gotten and all of the vets do not
believe he has Adrenal Disease so besides Adrenal Disease, does
anyone have any other ideas of what may be causing this.

Right now he is on .5 Amoxi-drops bid and .2 Metacam once a day.

Thank you,


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