Date: 2010-03-06 19:42:59 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: Elevated hormones
I'm hoping you can give me some help.
A week ago one of our ferrets got out of the room where they stay. For no
more than a minute. My husband discovered him out and put him back in his
room. All seemed fine. That night when we went to get them out to play, Nic,
who is usually our most rambunctious, was lethargic, glassy eyed and I
thought felt warm. We did not see anything on his body to indicate that
something had happened while he was out so we thought he may have wrentched his
back possibly going after one of our cats. We took him to the emergency room
and left there having been told that all of his vital signs were good. We
literally looked in on him every hour that night. The next morning we took
him to his vet. He did not see anything either. We had the exam, and
bloodwork done. Even did the Tennessee panel. He had his left gland out two years
ago and we thought that his right might possibly be having problems. The
bloodwork done at the vets showed that he was a little anemic. We went home
with pain meds. Took him again to the vet the next day and his RBC had come
up some. The next evening, Sat, I felt something on his left shoulder and
sure enough there was a scab with a tiny bump. I did the warm compress
Saturday and Sunday and took him back to the vet on Monday. We got antibiotics.
We now assumed that he did tangle with one of the cats. He goes after them,
they don't go after him! From the day this happened, Thursday, until
Tuesday, Nicky was apparently so traumatized and sore from this encounter that
he would not eat on his own, or come out of his sleeping area, but by
Tuesday was getting out and around a little. Now he is back to his old self and
doing great. I just listened to a message the vet left yesterday. He got the
Tennessee panel back and indeed Nics hormones were elevated. He didn't say
how much and I won't talk to him until Monday. My question, is it possible
that his hormones are elevated from the stress of the trauma he
experienced? And if not, although this vet is in Georgia, we have and will travel to
Florida to see [Removed per FHL rules] if necessary. She does the vena cava ligation.
Our vet here doesn't. What would be our next best step? Surgery, debulking,
Lupron? We've never had one of our kids have problems with both glands.
Nicky is a rescue and we think about 5 years old.
Sorry this is so long. I really appreciate your input. Oh, and also, if
you say that the levels could have been elevated from stress, we'll still
have the Tennessee panel done again to be sure of what it is.
Thanks so much,
Tiffany and Nicky,
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