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From: "Susan Liszewski DVM"
Date: 2008-07-27 16:40:06 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: Orange pee, red poops

My first thought too would be bile which could indicate liver issues
or bile duct obstruction. You should have him checked bloodwork or
urine. Fluids will help dilute it out but he made need to be placed
on some liver support or something to help things move thru the liver
and bile ducts like Actigal. This is all speculation without a
confirmation. Best of luck too you.

Dr. Sue

--- In, "greensky042" <greensky042@...>
> My 7 yr old boy Drew had a spleenectomy(?) mid June and has done
> wonderfully. He and my other ferrets stayed at my girlfriends house
> in Nevada for a few weeks so our family could go camping. Now we're
> home(been home 4 days) and he's not doing well. He's very thin,
> though he's never been a big boy, his pee is orange and today his
> poop is runny and red. The vets office is closed and the emergency
> vet doesn't know anything about ferrets, so I have to get him
> until Monday. He doesn't want to eat, or at least I haven't seen
> eat his kibble. I sryinge feed him his soup which he fights me a
> on it sometimes. He's never had much energy, but all he wants to do
> is sleep. Before his surgery, my vet said he was insulinomic and
> during surgery the vet(a different vet) took some insulinomias off
> his pancretis(?). I had him rechecked last week and they said he's
> ok, though on the low side of ok. The vet said keep an eye on him
> if he starts acting off balance and spacey, start him on the pred.
> At first he seemed a little dehydrated, which could account for his
> wobbliness and the dark urine, so he's been getting fluids, but the
> wobbliness has continued and the pee is still orange. So last night
> started him on .25 of prednisolone, and this morning he's started
> with the red poops. Could the pred be doing some of this? The only
> thing that's changed is their soup, my soup has more chicken in it
> than my girlfriends, basically 2 cups chicken to 1 cup kibble.
> I have a small supply of meds I can try until I can get him in on
> Monday, but what to use? I have a box of amoxi, clavamox, carafate
> and flaygl. Should I try one of them on him? I know you guys aren't
> vets, and can't prescribe anything, but if it was you, would you
> start him on something?
> I should mention that everytime we come back from my girlfriends,
> Drew and sometimes Fizzle get bad poops, but it clears up in a
> but never the red poop.
> Can you guide me through this?


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