Date: 2009-04-22 20:56:20 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] more green urine
i have had 3 male ferrets, all over 3 years old, devlop green urine in the last 3 months. one has been diagnosed with lymphoma, one died the day after we noticed it (other causes- i suspect his liver shut down due to those causes) and one just startd it a few days ago.
These are all rescue ferrets, exact ages unknown. the one who died was at least 5 years, judging by his teeth, and the other two are probably around 4, by the same method.
the one who has been diagnosed has always been obese (i've had them all 8 months), but started spilling fluids into his abdomen. he showed protein and billurubins in his urine, but his bloodwork was normal in all ranges. he is on prednisone and lasix.
the one who recently presented seems to be losing weight, tho not dramiticaly yet. he has not been to the vet yet. he also has breathing issues, which may be from the fact the his previous owner used cedar chips for bedding. his breathing problem has become worse in the time that he has been peeing green.
the only thing they have in common, other than age, is that they all were fed cat food at some point in their lives, for at least a year.
i know lymhoma is common in ferrets, but are there any environmental factors that could brining on this condition? it just seems strange tha i had all 3 for the same amount of time and they all came down with green urine in a short span.
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