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From: "Sukie Crandall"
Date: 2008-07-26 21:21:05 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: Orange pee

What shade of orange and what shade of red?

Amber urine can indicate kidney damage. Red feces can be frank blood,
so is it a bloody color?

My concern if your answers are yes to these is that he perhaps got into
something toxic which is damaging his liver and causing intestinal

Hopefully, that is not the case but if it is then he needs a vet -- even a
non-ferret vet and needs a call to Animal Poison Control.

ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center:
Angell Memorial's ASPCA Poison Control:

It is also possible that he ate something with a dye in it that
you are seeing, or something that results in a chemical change
that causes the colorations. For example, aloe (which is
poisonous for some animals) has been known to cause scarlet
urine for some people. (NOT saying that anyone should
ingest aloe, just saying that some people have, and I wound up
having to make a call to human Poison Control once for a
shy member of our extended family who had done so years

Urine can be dark from being high concentrated as happens with
dehydration, or it might be bile from liver or gall bladder
disease or both.

I don't personally know what can make feces red except for some
dyes (having read of one who ate a crayon with red feces long
ago) or bleeding.

Rule of thumb: if something would result in you getting emergency
medical care if your body were doing it then those same things
should result in emergency vet care.


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