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From: "Jennifer Bell"
Date: 2008-05-19 19:47:49 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Too Small Prepucial Opening

Hello everybody,

My 3 year old male, Kiba, has been exhibiting the following symptoms
for about 3 weeks now. First he began peeing frequently, anywhere,
in little puddles. A few days into this, he began to use me as a
human salt lick, licking my arms and hands for 15 minutes at a time.
This eventually led to him using me as a chew toy, even trying to
back away, with my hand. He uses mainly his back teeth, so it hurts,
but he's not puncturing me. I thought it might be early adrenal
signs (trouble peeing, excessive grooming (of me, anyway) and
agressiveness (to only me) so we made an appointment with our vet.
The night before, I noticed that it looked like his penis was
inverted. At the appointment, we mentioned that to the vet and he
confirmed that his prepuce had turned in on itself. He sedated Kiba,
took a urinalysis, fixed his prepuce, and used forceps to try to open
his prepucial opening, which he said was remarkably small and might
be causing his peeing issues. The urinalysis came back with red blood
cells, white blood cells and 2 different kinds of bacteria. Kiba
just finished his 2 week regimen of amoxicillin, with no improvement,
so back to the vet we went for another urinalysis. This time, same
results, but the bacteria is in the process of being cultured. We
will be scheduling an abdominal ultrasound for next week to chccek
adrenal disease or prostate issues (though my vet did not feel any
masses during examination). If that comes back clear, then surgery
to enlarge his prepucial opening is the next step. My vet is a
ferret specialist, so I trust his experience and opinion and he asked
his ferret specialist colleagues and consulted his veterinary forums
and NOBODY has ever heard of this problem. I am hoping that somebody
here on the FHL has had experience with this and might lend some
advice. The question of what caused this problem after 3 perfectly
healthy years, has not been answered yet either.

Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!


Jennifer and her Jersey Fuzzbuckets


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