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From: "Joan"
Date: 2010-05-18 09:50:47 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Hilbert & Mornie

What is todays news on your 2 Sukie?

[SDC reply:

Well, all 5 have the bug. So, best responses first:

Pivot seems to be completely past it. We are
stopping the Carafate to see if she can manage

Telemna might be completely past it. Ditto on the
Carafate (which not only can protect stomachs but
also can reduce diarrhea).

Mornie is next in improvement and she even
climbed under our platform bed just a little
while ago. We might see how she does without
Carafate today.

Hubble is having trouble getting past the diarrhea
but has some control over it so it is winding up in
the little boxes in the ferret room and much better
yet is that he is managing to avoid dehydration. He
is getting Carafate, obviously.

Hilbert is solidifying his waste much more and has
even had a few normal ones but he still needs
encouragement (such as baby food or oil in water)
to get him to drink enough. So far, he is managing
it. He also is on two antibiotics (metronidazole/Flagyl
and Clavamox) as well his usual meds, Carafate (yes,
separated in time from other meds and from foods).
He lost his adrenals (for the most part since part of one
wound up under an emergency vascular clip) as a
youngster even though he did NOT have adrenal disease
at that time. What he did have then was severe
hydroneprosis, cystine uroliths, and a bladder
diverticulum, so when he had his correct surgery
it was noted that the rubbing of the huge kidneys
had so badly enflamed his adrenals that the vet worried
that they, too, might cause their own sets of problems
soon so they came out (mostly) then. Now, with
diarrhea Fludrocort just does NOT tend to be able to be
processed fast enough to work so he is now on Percorten
for a while.

This bug did not cause vomiting in all, but did cause
projectile diarrhea in all. It happened suddenly and with
all it seemed to have a few hours where it peaked in how
bad it was. That is when the worst of the dehydration can
happen. In Hilbert's case we did not know they had caught
anything (and we think that it may be a virus we had earlier
ourselves so we might have shed virus before even knowing
we had it). Add on that Hilbert broke in the night (sometime
after 2 a.m. because I had checked them then and before
when Steve checked them at 8 a.m.) so we had no idea because
we were asleep, and that Hilbert is already elderly and his
health is compromised... That's how Hilbert wound up on
IV for 3 days when the others seem to be shaking the
illness in 2 to 5 days. It is pretty short term in anyone who
is already healthy by all appearances; it just happens to hit
very hard for while first.

There has been something going around locally among
people; today I am rested enough to remember that a
couple of weeks ago a neighbor had to be on IV for about
half a day to be rehydrated with a short term illness that
had the same symptoms. Another neighbor, middle aged,
so not as young as that very sick one and not as old as us,
broke with it a few days later but did not get as sick. Steve
and I were mildly ill in comparison so might have had earlier
exposure and resistance. We wonder if it might be the same
thing which all of us have had. Oh, the first adult here with
it has a nursery school aged child so perhaps it is one of
those things that kids can get with few or no problems but adults
who don't have resistance have a worse with, and of course,
if it is all the same illness then something ferrets can catch
from humans. There were no respiratory symptoms in
anyone, so it's not influenza.

Yes, we are keeping our minds open for other possibilities and
further testing or even veterinary hospitalizations if needed.]


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