Date: 2009-04-25 01:11:33 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: Is surgery right?
I would echo what others have already written. Out of 6 recent surgeries all survived the surgery. The one who I subsequently had euthanized was because she was found to have extensive lymphoma during the exploratory surgery. But she had survived the 3 hour surgery.
However, my vet is an exceptionally skilled surgeon.
I think a great deal does depend on the skill and experience of the veterinary surgeon. A skilled surgeon is not likely to take a high risk ferret into surgery. My vet has cancelled a surgical procedure because the pre-surgical blood panel wasn't good.
Post-surgical care as Sukie has outlined is also critical to speedy recovery.
Surgery is a scarey prospect but sometimes its the only way to get to the bottom of a serious problem.
If you are really worried - get the best surgeon you can afford even if it means travelling a distance to get to one.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "samwitch54" <samwitch54@...> wrote:
What have been your experiences with surgeries? How risky is it really? Am I the odd man out or is it normal for surgery to be so risky with ferrets? I just can't decide what to do.
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