Date: 2009-04-15 15:30:22 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: question from my vet
Another vet's opinion who I asked:
The obvious questions are why was the spleen was being removed, what the pre-op blood looked like, what other health issues there were, what the anesthetic protocol looked like.
And, FWIW - it is not good policy to do an abdominal procedure and a dental together because of the bacterial emboli from the dental. And - simply large spleens should not be removed, so there was likely an underlying problem.
In 15 years of practice I have only lost 1 patient under anesthesia, and she had subclinical pneumonia. Doesn't sound like an experienced/good medicine situation.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Joanne Seamans" <moxie17@...> wrote:
> The shelter director asked me to post a question our vet had. Our vet lost a ferret today on the operating table...she had enlarged spleen & bad teeth. Spleen surgery went fine, but when he took her off the
> anesthesia to turn her to work on teeth, she had a heart attack. He
> felt really bad about it. Said it's happened to a couple other animals
> and wondering if anyone else has had a similar issue. This vet is very ferret experienced and has performed ferret surgeries for years.
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