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From: Carol J Owens
Date: 2009-04-08 17:12:46 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Spleen removal

Has anyone ever had a really successful spleen removal on a ferret? I
have had three or four done and then after the money spent for the
surgery they all have gotten anemia and had to be euthanized. Right now
I have a little girl, Cinnamon, who had the surgery three weeks ago. She
is not eating dry food, depends on eating mush several times a day. At
least she eats it on her own. I am adding Petinic 1/2 a dropper (.5 ml)
once a day.) But the strangest thing is she is always making gulping
sounds (eating or not) and she breathes rather fast and shallow. I
don't hold much hope for her. She had no sounds like this before surgery
so I am not thinking it is mega-e. It is more like an upset stomach- I
have to vomit- sound. Any ideas?

Carol J. Owens
Ferret Friends, Inc.
Tucson AZ

[Moderator's Notes: Successful splenic removals
are common. Some vets -- when the spleen will
allow it -- gently pat down the spleen to return
blood to the body before removal.

As with any surgery they need to be kept quiet
for about 2 weeks, including no climbing at all.

For anemia a transfusion or Epogen can be very

This one sounds like she needs to be checked for
causes of pain and nausea such as ulcer immediately.]


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