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From: Helga Clark
Date: 2009-12-24 17:47:56 UTC
Subject: Re: [ferrethealth] Frequent urinating

Jeff, don't rule out the beginning of prostate blockage even if=A0 he does =
not show signs of adrenal. One of ours started this way and even after anti=
biotics (thinking it may be a urinary infection) he blocked on us and=A0we=
=A0had to empty his bladder a few times. He had no other signs of adrenal =
problem but surgery showed his left one was huge. After surgery=A0he was j=
ust=A0fine. =A0I hope=A0his is just a mil=C2=A0urinary infection and maybe =
is is just nervous being in a new home?. Just keep the prostate in mind.
Best wishes,

[Moderator's reminder:
urinary infections can happen secondary to
other problems such as an enlarged prostate
that causes urinary retention, or uroliths.

Emptying the bladder manually can be risky
if it is very large because of the chances of
rupture or of forcing diseased urine back up
ureters to or toward the kidneys, so a vet
needs to assess first and may prefer to remove
the urine by needle or by foley catheter. Helga
didn't say which type was used but there are at
least those three approaches.

Ben Franklin had his head standing trick for
a large urolith (It was not in his urethra but
just settled over the opening) so he would stand
on his head to urinate because the stone would
move to a better position temporarily. I don't
know of anyone who has positioning for a ferret.
It might work if a stone was large and there was
no sludge in the urethra. (That is assuming that
the BF reports are correct, given their verbal source.) ]


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