Message Number: FHL5398 | New FHL Archives Search
From: "Sukie Crandall"
Date: 2008-07-04 04:45:05 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: Ruby's vaginal discharge-stump pyometra

--- In, ferrethealer@... wrote:
> Stump pyometra as a spontaneous illness in ferrets is almost always
> associated with adrenal disease. Make sure they check for that, despite the normal
> ultrasound (ultrasound is not very sensitive in picking up adrenal disease, I'm
> afraid).
> Dr. Ruth
> *****************************************
> Save lives - spay or neuter your pet.

In the decades we've had ferrets the only one with a stump pyometra did
have adrenal disease.

We, too, have not had the best of luck with ultrasounds of adrenals,
though they sure have improved from when they were bad enough
that artifacts could happen which made healthy adrenals look diseased.
Sometimes, too, a diseased adrenal will look different when surgery is
done but will not be particularly enlarged.

Like Dr. Ruth has said, as long as the vet is in there it sure makes sense
to be sure to check those adrenals.


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