Message Number: FHL5692 | New FHL Archives Search
From: "Sukie Crandall"
Date: 2008-07-30 22:23:20 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: urethra blockage

Adrenal disease is the most common cause of this, due to inflammation
of the prostate.

Urinary stones are also possible. That diet does not sound high in plant
matter so struvite uroliths are unlikely, but other types of uroliths such
as struvite stones or calcium oxalate stones are possible. Have the pH
of the urine run. It's simple. Normal is 6.5 to 7.5 for ferrets. More acidic
(lower number) is an indicator of the precipitation of cystine.

Less likely yet would be an infection without either of these.

--- In, "leah" <ferretmaiden@...> wrote:
> hi all
> im having nothing but bad luck with my littel one's at the moment.
> About a 6 weeks back bandit was rushed into vets due to not being able
> to go to the toilet and in lots of pain
> when they looked him other they noticed he had a build up in his
> bladder, they drained him out to make him more comfortable and then
> looked into the problem, it turned out he had a blockage in his
> urethra. they sorted the problem and up till now all has been well.
> but sadly tonight he's blocked up again, he's booked in to the vets
> first thing in the morning. if he starts showing signs of stress and
> pain he will be in sooner
> but i was wondering if there is anything else that could be done to
> help stop this from happening again or if anyone has an idea what
> could be causing this
> he's on chuddles ferret, rabbit, pigeon, day old chicks
> hes 7 years old and up till now hes been healthy.if you meet him you
> would not beleave his age
> if anyone could offer us some advise i would be very grateful
> yours leah and bandit


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