Date: 2009-04-24 04:15:40 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: Is surgery right?
--- In email@example.com, "samwitch54" <samwitch54@...>
> What have been your experiences with surgeries?
I'd say surprisingly good with my ferrets. We lost one rescue who was in poor shape to begin with shortly after surgery out of 17 surgeries over the year. That's it.
> How risky is it really?
There is always a risk with surgery in any animal or in people. I'd say it depends on the age, physical condition of the ferret, and the type of surgery involved. It also depends a great deal on the skill of the surgeon. The two vets who have done surgery on my ferrets are outstanding so we've had outstanding results.
Here is my most recent example: Last month my Chin Soon had left adrenal and insulinoma surgery. The vet removed one tumor from her pancreas that was described as "huge, evil" and "very aggressive". If we hadn't done the surgery she wouldn't have lived long. Her recovery was anything but straightforward and she spent four days in the hospital. Now she is as wild and crazy as ever, is growing her hair back, and has nice, normal blood glucose levels. She obviously feels good and has tremendous energy again. For her surgery was obviously the right answer but there were also issues that could have killed her with a less skillful vet.
There are just too many variables for anyone to predict the results for your ferret. The big question comes down to this: do you trust the vet? What is his or her track record with ferrets? How much success have they had?
Good luck whatever you choose.
All the best,
Caity and the terrific trio
(Ella, Zephyr, and Chin Soon)
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