Message Number: FHL10607 | New FHL Archives Search
From: "lbo564"
Date: 2009-12-30 14:12:36 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] need some hellp, Greta, dk green feces, bopping, shaking

I have searched the archives and have not found anything exactly as what I am dealing with and I hope someone has some ideas. It is not good when your vet, who has treated exotics for 15+ years starts out by saying "To be honest, I am not sure what is going on with her."

Greta, who is about 5-6 years old, had blood work in November and then rechecked in December.

The results are as follows:

ALT 349 396
ALK PHOS. 63 70
TOTAL BILI 0.2 0.1 less than 0.1
CHOLESTEROL 154 139 64-294
TOTAL PROTEIN 6.0 6.1 5.1-7.4
ALBUMIN 3.3 3.5 2.6-3.8
GLUCOSE 70 60 94-207
GLOBULIN 2.7 2.7
A/G/ RATIO 1.2 1.3

BILE ACIDS 21 no normal range established, but is high.

We do not want to start treating her for insulinoma right now. The specimens were both hemolyzed and lipemic, which throw off some of the results and we don't want to stress her liver with the pred.

Her symptoms are: occasional head bobbing (insulinoma), occasional shaking and occasional dark green poops, which made me think liver problems. The poops are the color of gallbladder sludge in humans.

She was on amoxil and flagyl and after the amoxil, her tummy was less sensitive and I could touch it without her pushing me away.

I am in the process of eliminating chicken and turkey from their diet and going to fish and venison.

After 6 months of EVO ferret when it first came out, she had 1 day of pure bloody poops. After I removed it, her poops were fine until last September. At that time, we thought the green poops were due to stress, as they happened after changes in her routine.

She is now on Denamarin which is SAM-E and milk thistle for 30 days and then we are going to retest.

Anyone have any idea why just the ALT would be elevated and not anything else. I think I wrote the wrong normal range for the ALT, so that is why it is not posted, but it is 3 times the high normal.

We do not think it is colitis or IBD, but I am changing their diet just in case.

Greta has days where she is super active and other days where she is not as active and she is better after the amoxil and flagyl.

Any help would be appreciated.


These will be helpful for you and explain the ALT
and why that is often not a number of concern:


which are both from the

Veterinary Documents (intended for veterinarians
and veterinary pathologists)
section of ]


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