Message Number: FHL11758 | New FHL Archives Search
From: "Tressie"
Date: 2010-07-01 15:13:36 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: Neurological problem or ????

Hi Caitlyn,

According to Orlando Diaz-Figueroa, DVM, MS, DABVP (Avian), and Mary O. Smith, BVM&S, PhD, DACVIM (Neurology) in 'Clinical Neurology of Ferrets' -neurological disease in ferrets is rare.

The authors recommend:

"Evaluation of any animal with suspected neurological disease always
must begin with a thorough physical examination. Systemic diseases and
diseases of organs such as the liver and pancreas may cause secondary
involvement of the nervous system (eg, hepatic encephalopathy, or hypoglycemia because of an insulin-secreting tumor). Additionally, any systemic illness in a ferret may result in weakness that mimics primary neurological disease. Overall observation, assessment of rectal temperature, pulse and respiratory rates, auscultation of the heart and lungs, evaluation of mucous membranes, and palpation of the abdomen and lymph nodes usually are performed before neurological examination. An alternative system of examination is to perform the examination from nose to tail, evaluating all organ systems in each region of the body. Orthopedic examination should be performed to help differentiate neurological and musculoskeletal causes of paresis and abnormal gait(p. 760)."

Good luck - hope you find what the cause is.



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