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From: "Vikki"
Date: 2010-10-06 12:56:58 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Help!

I have a little 5 year old male ferret. The vet has done blood work she he said came back high so he did a biopsy. The results caem back yesterday no cancer in the lymph nodes. However, his little glands in his neck are swollen, he won't eat solid food, seems to bother him. Also he seems cold or like he gets chills. I would appreicate any input you could give me. Thank you so much

[Please, give more details.

Your vet hospital can give you
a copy of which tests were done and
the full results and you can transcribe
those in. If you need to save time you
could just put in the numbers that seem
wrong first, but if you could put in the
others later the ratios between some
of the blood values also give information.

Just knowing that one result is high,
without even knowing which result does
not tell much. My guess would be that
the white cell count was given your
second and third sentences.

What TYPE of biopsy was done? Was a
node completely removed and tested
by a pathologist, or was just a needle
aspiration done?

Is the ferret on antibiotics? Which ones and
when did they start? What infection types
has the vet considered?

Has anyone in your household had influenza?
We have begun the earliest part of the flu
season in the U.S. and ferrets get influenza
rather easily from people.

Did the vet take the ferret's rectal temperature?
Is it over 102'F or below 101'F? What was the
actual temperature?

Any other symptoms? Any other tests? Results?

There just is not much information given here.

Needle biopsies can be wrong in either direction
pretty easily. Biopsy of an actual node is more

Infection can increase the white blood count and
blow up nodes just as lymphoma can.

Which nodes are up? Just the ones on both sides of
the ferret's neck? Are the ones in the arm pits and
behind the upper legs also very large?

Are the large ones hard or soft?

Was his chest x-rayed? Were his teeth, mouth, nose,
and throat checked?

Please, reply now that you know what sort of information
may help people here help you and your ferret. Thanks!

-- Moderator]


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