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From: "narcotic_future"
Date: 2009-10-30 18:25:18 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] renal or hepatic failure?

Hi there,

I am the owner of a ferret male, 2.5 years old, who lately (meaning in the last week, as far as I have noticed) started to change behaviour. At first, he stopped playing around with my other pet, Maya (a baby mink), he became very sleepy and apathetic. Two nights ago, I also saw him vomiting. I thought he got stressed out by Maya, because she is hyper and always desperate to play, but yesterday I understood there is something else wrong with him. He was barely able to walk, always resting his head on the floor after one or two steps and taking a very strange body position, with the forehead on the ground, legs gathered together under his body and his back somehow upwards. Also a bad breath. I understood he was in pain, so I took him immediately to the vet.

The vet told me that he has renal failure for sure, that his breath smells like urine and he made some injections with fluids, diuretics and steroids (hope I am not wrong about the last one).

Today, we ran some blood tests, and these are the results:

Glucose 206 mg/dl
T-Cho 183 mg/dl
BUN 20 mg/dl
T-BIL 9.2 mg/dl
GOT 209 IU/L
GPT 149 IU/L
Creatinine 4.0 mg/dl

As you can see, the bilirubin is extremely high, also the creatinine, which we were all expecting.
He is still the same apathetic, although the vet made some injections today and apparently i need to go every day to see him.
Do you know any specific disease which include these abnormal values? Are these test results pointing out to something in particular?

Ferret is not such a common pet over here and many vets have 0 experience with this animal. I found my vet after one year of desperate search and he really helped me out until now, but still I have some doubts regarding the cure he will apply or even 100% real diagnosis.

Thank you so much for your help!


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