Message Number: FHL4829 | New FHL Archives Search
From: "Sukie Crandall"
Date: 2008-05-02 14:26:41 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: Lyme Disease

--- In, "possum1213" <gator524@...> wrote:

> My local animal rescue group has been discussing this same thing.
> Another interesting thing that came from the discussion is that some
> dogs may become very agressive when fed too much protein, if they are
> protein-sensitive. I wonder if this could apply to ferrets who are
> aggressive for no known reason. Could lowering protein help with that?

Are there any studies on that?

I'm wondering if they might just be ones who are prone to things
like cystine stones and could be reacting to the pain?

(Our two ferrets who can't have high protein because of cystine
stones did not become aggressive, BTW, but I have seen a few
who responded to pain from other sources with increased
grumpiness as any individual of any species can, and uroliths
can certainly hurt. Both were in considerable pain, surgery was
needed and now being on no more than 35% protein in the
years (I guess 4 years for one and 3 for the other.) since they
have remained free of uroliths. There are also medications for
those who still develop the uroliths or continue to have urine that
is too acidic even on lowered protein. (See the separate FHL Archives.)
(I am just mentioning treatment because I have heard of people
who just give up on such animals but they can be treated long-term
if they survive the original blockages.)

That's not saying that there might not be other causes for such
observations but when that happens it might pay to check the
urine pH among the early things done.

Re: Lyme and aggression in dogs:
says that there are some studies now attributing some cases of
aggression in dogs to Lyme, but I don't have time to skim the
studies that come up for
Lyme dogs

I don't find any studies one way or the other on whether ferrets
get Lyme.


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