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From: Ferretwise
Date: 2009-10-29 17:34:52 UTC
Subject: Re: [ferrethealth] Re: Tips for expressing Pivot's anal glands wanted/new posting

re: anal sac inflammation.

Here we had numbers of late alter rescues -- only a few presented problems..

I just want to pass along something that worked VERY WELL.

We took a pail and filled it up (about 5 -6 inches deep with warm
water-- about 110 degrees which is only a fe degrees over body temp
for ferrets and then stood them upright in the warm water.... ( in
most cases they held onto the rim of the bucket by themselves and
enjoyed the spa treatment)

after a few minutes you could see the discoloration of the anal
contents drainig into the warm water.,

For bad cases I did this twice a day. With the help of antibiotics (
baytril) and soaks in many cases we did avoid the surgery.

The surgeries can be complicated as the gland lies right next to a
nerve.. one ferret here had hind end weakness etc due to the cut
being too close to the nerve...

Sending good thoughts to you and the ferrets.

Alicia at

At 10:26 AM 10/29/2009, you wrote:
>Our beautiful Abby (Ohio rescue) had similar symptoms and our vet did a
>manual anal sac expression on July 31.There was an infection also and
>she was started on Baytril. She did very well however the swelling is
>back. Our vet suggested surgery because of the recurrence and she is
>scheduled for Friday, Oct 30. I'll post post-op to let the group know
>how it went.

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