Date: 2009-12-16 03:41:28 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Swollen Foot
I noticed on Saturday that Moki was favoring one of his back legs. I noticed this as I was tucking the ferrets into the cage for the night. He still got around fine.
Sunday morning, there appeared to be a little swelling in the leg. After he had been up for awhile, he stopped favoring it and had a good romp with the other ferrets as if nothing was wrong.
His eating, drinking and litter habits remain normal. He is alert and still my happy boy. I made the decision not to see ER vet and wait until Monday.
On Monday there was no obvious swelling, still we saw the vet. Nothing broken, it does not appear to be bothering him. He only favors it, if he has been sleeping for awhile as if it stiffens up while he sleeps.
We are not aware of an injury that he sustained, although can not rule that out. Vet sent us home, feeling he had a soft tissue injury and said to keep an eye on it.
Tuesday morning he was the first ferret to the cage door, I immediately noticed the swelling in his paw and leg. His poor little paw is 2-3 times it normal size. We went back to the vets. His temp is normal, heart sounds fine and no swelling of the lymph nodes. Our vet still feels it is an injury and sent us back home to keep an eye on, advising to call back if things change or the swelling spreads.
I called her later after someone on another board mentions sarcoptic mange. Asked her to take a look at info on this and get back with me if she thought this could be what we were seeing.
Her response was she did not believe this was the case, because only one paw is affected and there is no crusting just a swollen paw. So again I am waiting and watching. Meanwhile I feel horrible every time I look at his paw.
I do have a picture, but no permission to upload it here.
Is there any harm to treating for sarcoptic mange, if that is not what it is. I have had him since he was a kit, he has always been current on vaccination.
I am looking for any ideas, input.
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